There is a growing groundswell of support for a pesticide-free London among the capital’s decision-makers and residents.
One-third of London’s 32 Boroughs have already phased out, or significantly reduced, their use of pesticides while others have commitments in place to take action. London is already one of the greenest cities in the world and the first to be designated a National Park City.
Right now, there is an unprecedented window of opportunity to make the whole of London pesticide-free. By phasing out unnecessary pesticide use, we can make the city greener and support urban biodiversity, as well as the health of those who live, work, study and play in the capital. It’s high time that London followed the example of other major cities like Paris, Toronto and New York by banning pesticides from public spaces.
A pesticide-free London is in our sights and by working together we can secure a healthier and more sustainable future for both people and wildlife.
PAN UK sent Freedom of Information requests to all thirty-two London borough councils in September and October 2021. Thirty-one councils responded (all but Ealing Council). Read a summary of their findings here and find out about the pesticides being used in your borough by clicking on the map on PAN UK’s campaign page here.
What can you do to help?
There are lots of ways to make a difference in your borough which you can adapt depending on the amount of time you have available. There are tonnes of resources and ideas on PAN UK’s campaign page here.