Organised by the Pesticide Action Network UK, the pledge for candidates running in the local elections (coming up Thursday) aims to make London the first UK city to go pesticide free!
The group’s research found that 41 different toxic pesticides were being used in UK towns and cities, being sprayed in parks, playgrounds and other green spaces, road verges, pavements and around shopping centres and schools.
These chemicals being used have been linked to an array of health problems, particularly affecting vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. They also have a devastating impact on the local environment and wildlife.
There are lots of non-chemical alternatives available and hundreds of towns and cities around the world have already banned pesticides. Many towns and cities that have already gone pesticide-free! (Examples here and here)
By pledging to make their borough pesticide-free, your Bromley Labour candidates are committed to supporting this campaign if they are elected onto Bromley council and to undertaking at least some of the following activities: