Across the UK, environmental protest is surging. So why don’t we hear about it? | Ros Coward

Across the UK, environmental protest is surging. So why don’t we hear about it? | Ros Coward

There are hundreds of local uprisings against developers – and it’s starting to become a national issue

How many local environment campaigns does it take for the issues they raise to be recognised as part of a national problem? Ten? Twenty, maybe? What about 100? Surely national media and politicians would have taken up the issues by then.

As it turns out, there’s far more than 100 local environmental campaigns going on right now. In just two weeks, more than 280 different groups across the UK have registered on a new National Grassroots Campaigns Map. Rosie Pearson, one of the founders, is astonished: “When we set it up, it was really just to see what’s out there. But we quickly realised there’s a real hunger for sharing information, resources and support. We’re witnessing a huge number of local groups facing the same issues.”

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