Nick Cox

Nick Cox, the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for Hertford and Stortford, will be joining local environmental groups in the constituency on 20 August to declare an ecological emergency. Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion and Friends of the Rib and Quin are holding a ‘Picnic for Change’ to celebrate local chalk streams and to demand protection for these wildlife habitats.

There are four chalk streams in Hertford. Presently, they are experiencing pollution as a result of untreated sewage being released into waterways and runoff from fields.

Cox said: “We want to celebrate our chalk streams with this family friendly event, plus we will be calling on all citizens of East Herts to engage with our chalk streams in a relationship of respect and stewardship and to cease their exploitation. We’ll be issuing a Declaration of the Rights of the River Lea, its tributaries, and aquifers to call a stop to the pollution and mistreatment that’s going on.”

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