Dorset Council's ecological emergency is a non-starter


In May 2019 Dorset Council declared not only a climate change emergency but also an ecological emergency. 

It is crucial we address the ecological emergency because 41% of UK species have declined since the 1970s. The State of the Nature report announced that the nation’s wildlife is continuing to decline at a deeply concerning rate.

Human activities are hitting hard and the use of glyphosate in Roundup is affecting the decline of bees. One third of bees are in decline due to habitat loss, climate change, and the use of herbicides such as glyphosate. Even when applied correctly, it can have adverse impacts on bees by reducing their breeding success and resistance to disease.

Dorset Council has many opportunities to show leadership by strengthening and protecting the natural environment and yet it continues to use glyphosate on SANGs (suitable alternative natural greenspace) where wildlife could be given a chance to thrive. The photographs taken at Riverview SANG in Wimborne speak for themselves.


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