Campaigns

This page details campaigns and petitions the author has found interesting and encourages others to peruse.

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  • Teach the Future is campaigning to put climate change into every aspect of the national curriculum. Six asks include having net zero buildings, which are in themselves a resource.

  • The UK Climate Strike network is the domestic branch of the worldwide movement inspired by Greta Thunberg, the Swedish student who chose to start striking from schools on Fridays instead of attending classes, to protest against what she perceived to be a lack of action by those in authority about climate change.

  • Surfers Against Sewage encourage and empower communities to look after their local beaches and water, monitoring and removing litter. Based in Cornwall, they have nationwide reach and regularly influence Government. They run regular mini campaigns such as Return To Offender, urging the public to take pictures of litter and “send it” virtually via social media to the company which made it.

  • #Do1Thing, the nationwide campaign run by the Surrey Mirror/Surrey Live and ReachPLC’s other regional media outlets to encourage the public to make one change in their lives to help tackle the climate emergency. Fifty suggestions are made.

  • It’s also worth listing the Surrey County Council climate change strategy, for regular reference and to hold them to account.

  • The Great British Spring Clean campaign is scheduled for each Spring. It is run by Keep Britain Tidy. In 2020, because of the coronavirus, the campaign – which encourages the public to organise litter picks/clean ups of parks, beaches, rivers and other places and promote the results – was postponed until September 11-27.
  • The Wildlife Trusts run 30 Days Wild throughout June to inspire families, businesses, groups and schools to care about nature with 30 days worth of Random Acts of Wildness. Sure, so it might not that be that random if you’ve planned it!. However, the idea is to find a way of exploring or being kind to nature for a month – and beyond once you’ve made it a habit.
  • A petition has begun in Redhill to save the historical Longmead building, formerly a school and adult learning centre. It was built in 1910 and is one of the few buildings of historical interest in the area. Surrey County Council has given itself permission to demolish it, but a group of residents began a petition to save the building, in May 2020.