Wetwipes and fatbergs: A real stain on the environment

Debbie Leach, Chief Executive at Thames21 wrote for SERA's magazine New Ground recently on the the huge issue of wet wipes polluting the Thames. Although the new super sewer being built deep under London will help, there is still much politicians and industry could do to clean up the mess Continue reading

Andy Burnham: The Problem with Plastic and my vision for Manchester

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester writes exclusively for SERA on the plastic problem and his vision on making Manchester a plastic-free city. This article first appeared in SERA's publication New Ground in Summer 2018. New Ground is sent free to all SERA members but past issues are available for all to read online here.  Continue reading


Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East since 2005, member of the EFRA and EAC Select Committees, and Chair of the APPG on Agroecology, writes for SERA on the importance of the upcoming Agricultural Bill in determining the shape of the UK’s food and farming policy after Brexit. Continue reading

Single use Plastic - A growing public concern

Hubbub's CEO Trewin Restorick writes for SERA on what he believes the political and policy response should be to the plastic problem at a time when public concern has reached an all-time high. Hubbub is a charity that design campaigns that seek to inspire people to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices.  Continue reading

Championing Active Travel to School

Amy Foster is a primary teacher in Southwark in south London. She has worked championing active travel both within her school and across its wider local schools network, through the Dulwich and Herne Hill Safe Routes to School forum, which she chaired for 18 months.  Amy is one of Southwark’s ‘Healthy Schools Champions’ and a trustee for the London Cycling Campaign.​ Continue reading

The Latest from Sussex SERA

Anne Tyndale is Sussex SERA lead and gives us an update Continue reading

Labour needs to press government to be ambitious on the environment

Labour needs to press government to be ambitious on the environment. A vote against expansion is not a vote against the economy. Rather it is an opportunity to call for an economic and environmental policy that goes hand in hand; Where growth is not reliant on fossil fuels but on renewable technology, where we focus on the jobs of the future, not the industries of yesterday; and where we strengthen our commitments on the climate and social justice, as well as on economic growth. But to do this Labour MPs must oppose Heathrow expansion Continue reading


Environment cabinet member in Camden Adam Harrison on understanding what a ‘WHO-compliant’ borough looks like when it comes to the harmful issue of air pollution.He tweets @AdamDKHarrison Continue reading

Time to Go Plastic Free

As part of SERA's push on plastics we want to encourage the Labour Party to be more ambitious. With plastic at the top of the political and environmental agenda and the Conservative government taking little if any concrete action, we want Labour to think about plastic pollution within the Party which we hope will enable conversations and a cultural shift paving the way for green world leading progressive policy.  Continue reading

Labour needs a Green Guardian to bring a breath of fresh air to communities

SERA's Co-Chair Melanie Smallman argues that to save the environment from Brexit the Labour Party needs to be calling for a Green Guardian to put power in the hands of local citizens and force the Government to act on crucial matters like air quality and climate change. Continue reading

Everything is connected

David Newman has worked since 1988 on environmental issues.  He worked with the late Greenpeace founder David McTaggart for 13 years, ran Greenpeace Italy 1995-1997, worked for the Italian Minister of Environment as Advisor, ran the Italian national association for composting and biogas until 2014 and established the Italian bioplastics association and ran it until 2015. He was President of the International Solid Waste Association from 2012 until 2016. He is currently President of the World Biogas Association and founded and runs the UK Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association promoting bio-materials. He is Advisor to Ditto Sustainability Ltd and to several companies in the field of waste and resource management. He lives and works in London. Continue reading

Britain and the Sustainable Development Goals - Let's get it done!

Hugh Atkinson, distinguished Research Fellow, Schumacher Institute and a member of SERA and Croydon Central Labour Party writes for SERA on the opportunity the Sustainable Development Goals hold for supporting our planet and the lack of government response to this opportunity.  Continue reading