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October 2018

Getting Drastic on Plastic

Dear <<Name>>
Autumn is now with us, the last month of reasonable daylight hours to get outdoors and enjoy the season's delights in The Living Coast (see 'Nature Now' below). And there's lots of seasonally themed 'Eco Events' (see a selection below) happening this month to experience the best of our nature.

Along with the beautiful nature of falling leaves and sprouting mushrooms in woodland (and of course the pumpkins of Halloween), the coast can be a stimulating place to visit at this time of year - as stormy conditions wash up intriguing lifeforms on the strandline. And you can now experience the wealth of our local marine environment in virtual reality, without ever getting wet! Take a first look at our new 'The Living Coast Undersea Experience' to find out more, and see it at its launch this weekend also.

It won't have escaped anybody's attention however, given the scale of recent media coverage, that our seas (and rivers) are sadly increasingly awash with plastic pollution of all shapes and sizes, with some of this turning back up on land (from whence it mostly came) to be found strewn along the seashore. 

Our Bio Blog this month (see excerpt below), by local designer and plastics activist Claire Potter, challenges us to tackle our 'single-use plastic habit', which is having such a serious impact upon the natural world, both here and in further-flung places. A very worthwhile mission I'm sure you'll agree. 

High time for us all to 'get drastic on plastic'!

Rich Howorth
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership
Bio Blog - How we can tackle our single-use plastic habit
by Claire Potter - claire potter design ltd & Plastic Free Pledge

Plastic – the wonder material that promised so much when its use was scaled up from the 1960’s. We now produce over 320 million tonnes of new plastic every year, around half of which is for single-use plastic items. Each item can last over 500 years, so we are yet to outlive any piece of plastic that we have ever created!
So what can you do to reduce your own plastic footprint? Here are our top 5 tips on where to start:
1 – Stop buying single-use plastic water bottles. Get a reusable bottle to carry around with you instead, and use the free Refill network to top up your water.
2 – Get a reusable cup. Disposable coffee/tea cups are mostly plastic-lined, making them hard to recycle – and you may get a discount for taking a reusable cup.
3 – Find a local greengrocer. Fruit and veg will be mostly loose and plastic free.
4 – Pre-plan your lunch. Convenience is often where we find single-use plastic, so plan ahead and take your lunch with you every day.
5 – Do you really need a straw…? Most of us don’t, so if you think your drink will come with one, just ask for it to be left out.
In 2017 we founded the Plastic Free Pledge to encourage local venues to stop using single-use plastic straws, which has been so popular that it has now grown in to an international campaign.

These may all seem like small steps, but they really do add up! See how much you can do to reduce your single-use plastic habit, and encourage others to do similar....
Read Blog
WoW! - Window on Our World
Single-Use Plastic-Free local campaigns & businesses working towards creating a single-use plastic-free world include...
WoW! - read on
Eco Events
Get involved with autumnal happenings, including: 
- Pop-up cafe in the woods, Lewes - Sat 6th pm 
- Apple Day in Ditchling - Sun 7th pm
- TLC Autumn HealthWalk, Brighton - Tue 9th
- Fungi Hunt at Devil's Dyke - Fri 19th
- Art on The Barge, Brighton Marina - Thur 25th
- Halloween Horrors at Woods Mill - Fri 26th eve
View Calendar
Nature Now
Savour the arrival of autumn, with its fresh smells, falling leaves, and crashing waves on the seashore
What's happening in nature?
Volunteering & Jobs

Voluntary and work opportunities available at present include:
- Sussex Bat Group - help conserve bats and raise awareness as a volunteer. 
- SheepShare and PigShare - Brighton Community Agriculture needs volunteers to help provide locally-produced lamb and pork.
Peas Please Survey - the views of families in east Brighton are sought on how to encourage children to eat more veg. 
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