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If you want to find out more about the issues that affect our environment, this is where they’ll be. Whether it’s details of the latest asphalt plant, bio-mass plant or wind turbine application, we lay out the facts and let you share your opinion.

Isle of Wight climate campaigner’s daily protest outside County Hall: Read her story

julie hutchison outside county hall

Inspired by Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Greta Thunberg, this Isle of Wight climate campaigner shares her story about why she's been outside County Hall every day this week.

Thursday, 14th March, 2019 5:02pm

By Julie Hutchison with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council will not declare a climate emergency due to ‘other priorities’

XRIW Rally Cllr Dave - Vix

The council say it "has other priorities which it wishes to address using the council’s limited financial resources", but Vix Lowthion says the costs to the council would be ‘minimal’ and the impact huge.

Tuesday, 12th March, 2019 12:32pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 7 readers' comments

‘We need to unite and do as much as we can’, says 11-year-old

iw xr girl in square

A rally outside County Hall will take place on between 3-5pm on Friday 15th March. All are invited to join members of IWXR.

Tuesday, 12th March, 2019 9:20am

By IW Extinction Rebellion with one comment

Isle of Wight children and families invited to join Global Strike 4 Climate

xr iw outside county hall

A rally outside County Hall will take place on between 3-5pm on Friday 15th March. All are invited to join members of IWXR.

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019 4:18pm

By IW Extinction Rebellion

Aria Resorts counter opposition to woodland development at Priory Bay

priory bay beach by nat

Aria Resorts says 1.72 hectares of new woodland would be planted, around 145 jobs to be created with “sensitive” ecological plan and “Protection of historic site the highest priority” in re-development

Monday, 4th March, 2019 7:22pm

By Paul Charles with 3 readers' comments

Extinction Rebellion IW campaigners gather for second day of action

XRIW Rally

Organisers say around 300 people gathered in Newport for the second Extinction Rebellion day of action last weekend. They emailed all councillors this morning .. details within.

Monday, 4th March, 2019 6:56pm

By IW Extinction Rebellion

Isle of Wight MP criticised for absence from first Climate Change debate for over two years

Extinction rebellion march

Vix Lowthion says that whilst wildfires have raged across the UK in East Sussex, Edinburgh and Wales, the Isle of Wight MP's "silence is deafening" on the issue of climate change and the Government's progress on achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2020.

Friday, 1st March, 2019 7:37am

By Vix Lowthion with 2 readers' comments

Asian Hornet could decimate Island’s bee population, find out more

asian hornet on a leaf

The Asian Hornet has to potential to decimate the Island's bee population in virtually no time at all. See a real Asian Hornet, set in resin, this Saturday so you can identify and report it if you see one coming out of hibernation.

Monday, 25th February, 2019 6:59pm

By Sally Perry

Lottery grant to help fund Merstone Station makeover

merstone station sign 2015

Local woodcarvers and heritage experts will all be involved, as they work to bring the site at Merstone's former station back to life.

Thursday, 21st February, 2019 4:08pm

By Vanessa Langley

Sixth formers collaborate with Wyatt and Jack to avoid school banners going to landfill

ryde school and wyatt and jack bags with 'green people' cropped

A group of young people at Ryde School - who work hard to raise awareness of environmental issues - recently teamed up with Isle of Wight small business, Wyatt and Jack, to collaborate on a project aimed at reducing what goes into landfill.

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019 3:51pm

By Sally Perry with 14 readers' comments

The Isle of Wight needs an ‘Island Act’ not ‘Island Plan’, says Cllr

dormouse looking through the undergrowth

This Isle of Wight councillor says Islanders "need to rise up and demand legislation, so we control our own housing, environmental and economic needs" and not be dictated to by "blinkered politicians".

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 8:28am

By Michael Lilley with 2 readers' comments

Cowes Enterprise pupils take action against Climate Change

Vix Lowthion, Head Boy Kieran Wetherick and Head Girl Beth Pitts

With global warming high on the national agenda after last week’s Youth Strike 4 Climate, Cowes Enterprise College played its own part in spreading an important message of social awareness when sixth form pupils designed a lesson delivered to every single class.

Monday, 18th February, 2019 9:53am

By Yasmin with one comment