Bristol catches a beauty – ‘Seacycler’ hits the water in Bristol Harbour to tackle pollution with plastic fishing trips

On Tuesday 13 July a new vessel in the battle to clean up plastic pollution in Britain’s waterways – ‘Seacycler’ – was unveiled in Bristol. Launched by environmental charity Hubbub, the 12-seater punt is made from 99% recycled plastic and will be permanently based in Bristol Harbour, a beautiful area spanning 83 acres that attracts many visitors each year but also considerable amounts of litter. Funded equally by Bunzl and Danone UK & Ireland, Seacycler has been donated to award-winning education consultants Sustainable Hive.  The boat will take local people…

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Bristol declares ecological emergency

Bristol has declared an Ecological Emergency in response to escalating threats to wildlife and ecosystems. There has been a worrying decline in numbers and diversity of wildlife in the city and more widely in recent years, with 15% of British wildlife now at risk of extinction. The declaration was jointly made by Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and Ian Barrett, CEO of Avon and Wildlife Trust, at a city council Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (4 Feb 2020). It is currently supported by six city partners. It builds on the declaration…

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Willmott Dixon unveils ‘green’ roads for new Bristol development

  Residents at Bristol City Council’s Ashton Rise development will drive on some of the UK’s ‘greenest’ roads when they move in next year. Willmott Dixon is using an innovative method that incorporates non-recyclable plastic originating from the scheme into the asphalt used on Ashton Rise’s new roads. By replacing part of the traditional carbon intensive bitumen usually found in asphalt with plastic waste, the innovation will stop the equivalent of 150,000 single use plastic bags from needing to be incinerated or going to landfill. It will also save 1.6…

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#LetBristolBreathe: campaign groups call for clean air with new street art in the city

Friends of the Earth, People’s Republic of Stokes Croft and Medact call for a clean-up of Bristol’s toxic air with the  launch of a series of street artworks. The campaign will see further air pollution artworks unveiled as the Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit takes place in Bristol from 21-23 October 2018. The artwork on Jamaica Street, in Stokes Croft, depicts Bristolians breathing clouds of pollution with the words “Marvin, #LetBristolBreathe” along with facts about the health implications of polluted air. Friends of the Earth is calling on the…

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Bristol art exhibition looks at the people behind ‘homeless’ label

An art exhibition in Bristol of work produced by local men who have experienced homelessness opened at City Hall on Monday 26 February. ‘Homeless People’ sets out to go behind the ‘homeless’ label by exploring the diversity and individuality of the artists whose work is on display. Each of the men whose work is on show is receiving or has received support from one of the organisations – including The Salvation Army – who are part of Bristol City Council’s ‘Bristol Pathway 1’ homelessness strategy, an initiative that aims to…

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