Climate Friendly BoA August 2013 newsletter

Climate Friendly BoA August 2013 newsletter

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August 2013 Newsletter

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We hope you will be able to join us for next Monday's AGM at the Scout Hut.  Above all it will be an opportunity to socialise and meet lots of other CFB people, as well as celebrating the past year's work (there is much to celebrate!) and looking forward to the coming year.  If you're not already a paid up CFB CIC Member you'll be able to join on the night - please remember to bring your £5 with you!


Monday 19th August 7.00 for 7.30 p.m.

The Scout Hut, St Margaret's Hill  BA15 1DP

7.30 prompt until about 8.00:  CFB Community Interest Company AGM - those of you who are paid up members should already have received full details.

Followed by an overview of the year's achievements and a peek into what's happening over the next 12 months then a talk by Roni Ross about the fantastic work of BoACA (Bradford on Avon Community Agriculture), including details of their newly launched veg box scheme.

Finishing with a shared meal and an opportunity to meet other CFB people.

Please bring a contribution towards the shared meal (cold food only please, as cooking facilities are limited) and some drink.  This will be a zero waste event.


We were hoping to have an updated version of this ready to send out in this newsletter.  Unfortunately, family and other commitments have conspired against us so we'll send it out in a separate e-newsletter before the AGM.


Monday 16th September, 7.30 p.m. Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane.

As well as the usual updates on our activities we are lucky to have one of our members, Andy Parsons to give a talk on "Climate Change in Polar Regions".  Andy works for the organisation that funds most of the UK's climate change researchers, including the British Antarctic Survey. This talk will explain why climate change in the polar regions is happening faster than the rest of the globe, and provide personal reflections on his own research in the Arctic and Antarctic. There will be a few graphs, but he promises many more interesting pictures!


Details of this petition were in the last newsletter and it can still be signed at Christine's and Made in BoA - please ask for it if not visible and urge people to drop in to sign it. We have now reached well over 700 signatures. We also plan to have the petition at the August 25th Farmer's Market and the Westwood Flower Show on Aug 26th, so do come along and sign if you haven't done so yet and we should soon reach 1000 signatures.


We have been in touch with our two Wiltshire Councillors, Rosemary Brown and Ian Thorn to ask them to investigate the Wiltshire fracking situation and we received this response regarding Wiltshire Council's stance:

"No companies, which are interested in fracking in the county, have contacted Wiltshire Council’s planning department in relation to this process which breaks down rock to release trapped gas and oil. The geological structures required to support viable oil / gas production have not been found in Wiltshire to date.


The licences for fracking, which allow companies to search for and obtain the Crown’s resources are not granted by the council, but by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). These licences, alongside planning permission, must be granted prior to the company undertaking any testing to see whether oil or gas reserves are available.


After the initial licence has been granted by DECC, the company must then come to the local planning authority with responsibility for minerals and waste, for planning permission for exploration. Following this, the company must also obtain ‘well consent’ from DECC, and undertake further checks. To move beyond the exploration stage into production, planning permission must again be granted, alongside further requirements.


The government has not granted any exploration or development licences for sites within Wiltshire nor has the council received any request from potential developers to engage in pre-planning application discussions. Any planning application on this matter would be subject to the usual consultation with the public."


The Active Travel Map has proved so popular we need to go to re-print.  There were a few minor errors on the first version, so these will be corrected and then we'll organise another print run of 5,000.  Wiltshire Council's Sustainable Transport Department are very generously contributing funds towards printing.



SCREENING 1:  "The Clean Bin Project"

Friday 30th August in Warminster

This is a powerful and entertaining documentary about both buying nothing new and throwing little away.   It's free to attend but booking is required.  More details on the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust website including a link to the trailer.

SCREENING 2: "Chasing Ice"

Sunday 1st September 5.45 p.m. at the Royal Photographic Society in Bath, details here.

AURORA IS COMING - Greenpeace event

Sunday 15th September in London.

The sea ice at the top of the world is melting to record lows and oil companies like Shell are lining up to exploit the fragile Arctic. As the ice reaches its lowest point of the year, the movement to save the Arctic will come together in an epic parade through central London.

On 15th September Greenpeace will haul a giant people-powered polar bear through the capital – and you can walk with her. Aurora is the size of a double decker bus and her fur carries the names of each and every member of the movement to save the Arctic. On this day, they will also create a spectacular mobile art installation bringing the spirit of the Arctic to challenge big oil on its home turf. For more information and to register if you would like to take part, see the Greenpeace website. It promises to be an amazing occasion.


... is taking place in February so don't forget to save your seeds.  More details to follow.


Sustainable Food & Drink Group

The next SFADG meeting is on Tuesday 10th September at 7.30pm, upstairs at the Town Club, 29 Market Street, Bradford on Avon.

The local food map and directory are progressing well and we should have more news in the next newsletter.


October CFB Monthly Meeting

Monday, October 14th  (please note, exceptionally this is the second Monday of the month)

Sir Graham Watson MEP, will give us a talk. Among other duties Graham chairs a global network of legislators campaigning for a switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy known as The Climate Parliament. More details in the next newsletter


November CFB Monthly Meeting

Monday, November 18th.  A talk by Sarah Fraser, Forest Carbon Consultant at Rainforest Concern on Rainforest Concern's carbon offsetting scheme, and the Neblina Reserve in Ecuador.

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