No more Roundup systemic herbicide in public places.

A few days ago we found a man dressed in protective gear spraying Roundup in Mayow Park. 

We are now running a petition urging Lewisham council to stop using any pesticides in public spaces. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals, whether we like it or not.
This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other’s health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees.
We started the petition to raise awareness of this issue and to allow local residents to send the message loud and clear that this spraying in our public spaces has to stop with immediate effect 
Thank you

Effects of glyphosate on the environment

Glyphosate has direct and indirect effects on the environment. Indirect impacts on birds and other animals occur due to the wiping out of weeds and wildflowers, destroying habitats and food supplies. Glyphosate is water soluble and has had significant effects on species that underpin the entire aquatic food chain with amphibians being particularly vulnerable.
It upsets the balance of microbial communities in soil, increasing the numbers of some microorganisms and decreasing others, impacting on soil fertility. It has caused an upsurge in some crop diseases in no-till agriculture by stimulating the growth of a number of fungal pathogens. It also binds micro-nutrients in the soil causing deficiencies in plants.
Glyphosate has also been found to have adverse effects on earthworms, beneficial insects and bees. Read more about the effects of pesticides on our environment here.

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