17 May 2019
16:00 - 17:30
Hackney Town Hall, London, United Kingdom
Extinction Rebellion London
Hackney Council stop the use of toxic weed killer glyphosate NOW!
Join us for a child-centric, peaceful protest to demand that Hackney Council stop using the poisonous weed killer, glyphosate, in our borough.
Dress: as bees, butterflies, in bright colours or florals.
Bring: chalk, face paints, placards, butterflies and bees on sticks.
Arrive 4pm in front of the town hall. We’ll be gathering by the trees, chalking on the ground and face painting.
At 4.30pm, we’ll ‘swarm’ onto the Hackney Town hall steps for a mass ‘die in’ on the steps.
Hackney Council has reduced the use of glyphosate by 50% since 2017 but that’s not enough. There are better, safer alternatives and we want them to swap to a safer solution NOW!
It’s sprayed in our parks, playgrounds, in wildflower meadows, on pavements and paths.
Sarah Bentley, member of the Hackney Pesticide Free campaign and local mother “If other boroughs and cities across the world can go glyphosate-free, then I’m sure a progressive borough like Hackney can too.”
Campaigner and fashion designer Katharine Hamnett CBE, who has been a critic of pesticide use since 1989, said: “Hackney Council need to stop using glyphosate altogether immediately. New solutions must be found.”
ABOUT HACKNEY COUNCIL’S GLYPHOSATE USE
In 2014, Hackney council said: “There is no firm evidence to suggest that Glyphosate, when used correctly by councils or people in their gardens treating weeds, is detrimental to the environment or human health.”
In 2018, Hackney Council said, “We have not stopped using glyphosate at the moment, but we are in the process of developing a new approach to glyphosate usage on Hackney’s streets”
In 2019, Hackney Council said, “Ultimately, no spraying is preferable to alternative forms of weed control, which are both costly and still remove a valuable food source for pollinators; that’s why Hackney’s focus has been and remains on eliminating spraying outright, wherever possible.”
** SO WHY HAVE THEY NOT STOPPED?**
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in many weedkillers, including Monsanto’s Roundup – used in farming, public places like parks, streets and schools and also by people in their gardens. It is the world’s most widely sold weedkiller.
The world’s most used weedkiller damages the beneficial bacteria in the guts of honeybees and makes them more prone to deadly infections. The findings show glyphosate, the most used agricultural chemical ever, may be contributing to the global decline in bees, along with the loss of habitat.
Concerns about the dangers of glyphosate to human health have been around for years. There have long been concerns that glyphosate is a hormone disrupter which can cause cancerous tumours, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.
Glyphosate binds tightly to soil. It can persist in soil for up to 6 months depending on the climate and the type of soil it is in. Glyphosate is broken down by bacteria in the soil.
More info: https://www.soilassociation.org/our-campaigns/not-in-our-bread/what-is-glyphosate/