What we’re calling for
Despite the devastating impacts that pesticides have on people’s health, the environment and biodiversity in general, Birmingham City Council continues to use them regularly. The Council needs to ensure that the way green spaces are managed, protects and enhances the environment of Birmingham.
We need a complete ban on the use of all pesticides, transitioning to organic growing practices instead. Only peat-free compost should be used if the country’s peat bogs are to be protected from further depletion (causing the release of vast amounts of global warming carbon dioxide).
People have the right to a healthy environment and a biodiverse environment. We call on Birmingham City Council to implement an organic management strategy that applies equally across all the wards in our city.
We’re asking Birmingham City Council to:
Produce and implement a no-pesticide strategy by 2025, which includes:
- A complete ban on the use of all pesticides including; herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.
- Stop spraying weeds.
- Go organic with all seeds and bulbs.
- Use only peat-free compost.
- Use organic growing practices when caring for all council owned spaces.
- Ensuring that council owned spaces take into account all biodiversity.
- The strategy should engage at ward level during implementation and ensure it applies equally across all wards.
What you can do