Members of Extinction Rebellion Sheffield organised a march and demonstration at the weekend, calling on the government to do more to protect the environment. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Refuse collectors in Sheffield have started collecting the new brown recycling bins for glass, cans, tins and plastic bottles. The new brown bins will be collected once every four weeks. Existing blue bins will be used for paper and card. Sheffield Live! reporter Bailor Jalloh spoke to Sheffied City councillor Lewis Dagnall, cabinet member for environment and street scenes.
Anti-fracking campaigners organised a theatrical demonstration outside Sheffield Hall, to highlight dangers of fracking through costume and story-telling. Fracking to extract shale gas through hydraulic fracturing of rocks deep underground has faced strong opposition with some councils already pledged to be frack free and campaigners pressing the government to slow down the issue of fracking licences until the risks are fully understood. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Cameron Hall of Friends of the Earth.
Local volunteers put their wellies on to help clean up and maintain the Ochre Dyke stream in Crystal Peaks as part of an environmental conservation and improvement project. The work is coordinated by the River Stewardship Company, a Sheffield-based social enterprise working to maintain Sheffield’s waterways for people and wildlife. Sheffield Live reporter Nick Coleman spoke to site supervisor Jim Randall.
Sheffield Students Union Development Officer, Megan Mcgrath, is leading a campaign to abandon single use plastic in order to reduce harm to the environment. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A group of volunteers are coming together to do their bit to help the environment with a litter picking get together in Heeley Woods this weekend. The initiative started as a call for action publicised on social media by Sheffield woman, Frances Bridget, in response to growing concerns about plastics entering the world’s oceans and the impact on wildlife in the woods. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Environmental campaigners arrived at Sheffield rail station carrying a giant electrical plug on a journey from Bedford having made several stops en route. They are calling on the Government to reverse a decision in July to cancel plans to electrify the Midland Mainline beyond Kettering, a move which would have reduced air pollution and carbon emissions. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Hannah Wakney of Leicester Friends of the Earth.
Sheffield’s ‘Grey to Green’ scheme has won further regional and national awards for its innovation in environmental improvement. Following success at the Sheffield Design Awards, the scheme has been recognised by Yorkshire in Bloom and the Ceequal National Awards as well as being crowned a National Green Champion at the Green Apple Awards. The Grey to Green corridor has transformed Sheffield’s Riverside Business District with public art, benches, planting and sustainable drainage. Shamaan Freeman-Powell reports for Sheffield Live!
Muslims for Humanity brought the people of Sheffield together to plant 500 trees at Longley Park in the winter sunshine.