This month we have a distinct Arctic theme for you - a talk, with photos, from Andy Parsons, one of our members about his work in the Arctic and Antarctic and a reminder about "Aurora" the Greenpeace event in London on Sunday. There's also plenty of other CFB news including the Active Travel Map re-print, the plastic bag petition and a brief report on our AGM. N.B.
The October monthly meeting will be on the 2nd Monday of the month.
SEPTEMBER MONTHLY MEETING
Monday 16th September 7.30 p.m.
Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, BA15 1JU
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.
OCTOBER MONTHLY MEETING
'Making the green energy switch
without turning off the lights'
Monday 14th October 7.30 p.m.
Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, BA15 1JU
We are delighted that Sir Graham Watson MEP for the South West has agreed to come and talk to us. As well as being an MEP for the South-West of England and Gibraltar, Graham is chair of the Climate Parliament, a global organisation comprising of legislators from around the world. From Congressman in the USA to members of the Ghana Parliament, legislators exchange ideas, create new policy and promote the benefits of renewable energy in their country. In the European Parliament, there is a cross party working committee, with the aim of promoting construction of renewable energy as well as promoting the idea of a European energy supergrid. Graham is also a member of the European Parliament's delegation to China and India, the latter of which he chairs. This should be an extremely informative talk and will also give the chance to ask questions on international climate policy.
ACTIVE TRAVEL MAP
We now have a further 5,000 copies of our updated Active Travel Map and are in the process of distributing them around various outlets in town, including the TIC, Library, Made in Bradford and TT Cycles. You can also download a copy from our website and here: Active Travel Map.
We are flattered that Wiltshire Council have purchased 1,000 copies of the AT Map to use for their "Connecting Wiltshire" project
. Their advisors are currently in Bradford on Avon visiting households to offer help and advice with travelling sustainably for everyday trips.
OVER 1,000 SIGN PLASTIC CARRIER BAG PETITION
There has been widespread support for the petition asking that England should follow Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in making a 5p charge for single use carrier bags, with 1071 people signing it before it was handed to Duncan Hames MP. He has promised to take it forward, possibly in conjunction with neighbouring MPs.
A few people approached did not want to sign and there were remarks such as: 'they should be abolished completely' or 'it should be at least 10p'. Many thanks to all who signed and to Christine's Sustainable Supermarket, Made in Bradford on Avon and Piha who kindly hosted the petition in the town.
AURORA PARADE - THIS SUNDAY 15th SEPTEMBER
A huge mechanical polar bear, the size of a double decker bus and operated by 15 puppeteers will be the centrepiece of Sunday's parade. It's part of a global day of action, organised by Greenpeace, to celebrate the Arctic and stand up to the oil companies who are seeing the melting Arctic not as a grave warning sign, but as an opportunity to make more profit.
You can find out more on the Stop Climate Chaos website and the Greenpeace website.
A few people are going from BoA, catching the 9.57 to Bath then the 10.43 to Paddington and returning on the 18.15 from Waterloo. Please contact email@example.com if you'd like to know more. Greenpeace are also running a coach from Bristol, leaving at 8 a.m.
CFB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Our August AGM was well attended by around 40 people and it was inspiring to hear all about the wide range of activities we have been engaged in over the past 12 months and the huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes. You can read the draft minutes of the AGM here. The issue of CFB's stance on fracking was raised and the Energy Group are preparing a statement about this which we hope to share with you in the October newsletter.
Ruth, Roni and Nicky from BoACA provided a fascinating presentation about the history of BoACA up to the present day and brought along a delicious display of vegetables grown at the field. They told us about the newly launched veg box scheme and several people signed up for this on the night; if you'd like to know more about their veg boxes please e-mail Nicky Couch.
We finished the evening with a delicious and relaxed shared meal.
SUSTAINABLE FOOD & DRINK GROUP NEWS
The SFADG shared a display with the Biodiversity Group at the First Anniversary of the Sunday Farmers Market and Westwood Flower Show, both of which are were well attended. The display was also in the library for a week. The Local Food Map was also on show at these events, in the library for a week and at the Vaults in Lamb Yard during the Fringe Festival.
If you have thoughts of good places to display flyers for the Farmers Markets, so that everyone in the area knows they are happening, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
We were delighted that the National Farmers Union County Adviser for Wiltshire and the Business in the Community Rural Business Connector for North Wiltshire were able to join our meeting on 4th Sept when we discussed next steps with the Local Food Map.
Business in the Community have a 'Taste of Wiltshire' event in Melksham on Thursday 26th. September when businesses wishing to buy or use more local food can meet local producers. There is space for a couple more producers, and retailers and hospitality sector are welcome, information here. Perhaps Bradford on Avon can host a similar event. This will be included on the agenda at the next SFADG meeting at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 10th September, upstairs at the Town Club, 29, Market Street, BoA.
CFB has now taken on the organisation of Seedy Sunday from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Save the date: Sunday 23rd February 2014 and start saving your seeds and tell your friends.
We will need help on the day, so please e-mail us if you can help: email@example.com Thank you.
FINALLY - 3 ITEMS OF NEWS FROM WILTSHIRE COUNCIL
Community Environment Conference: Saturday 30th. November, Devizes.
Meet the Wiltshire environmental pioneers in a day of inspiration, information and action! You can choose from 18 different workshops showcasing some of the amazing environmental projects in the county, with topics including renewable energy, local food, community woodlands, repair cafes, and low carbon travel. Some projects are quick and relatively straightforward, while others inspire with their long-term vision and commitment. If you’re looking for ideas on what to do in your area or would like to swap your experiences with others, this is the place to come. There will also be display stands and advice, plenty of time for networking, and a local food lunch. The conference is free, and organised by Wiltshire Council, working closely with community groups. The programme will be finalised by early October and you can see more details here. Save the date and book your place now! For more information please contact Jane Laurie.
SEACS communities evening drop in
Tuesday 22nd. October, Bradford on Avon 19.30-21.00
(SEACS = 'Saving Energy Across the Common Space')
Wiltshire is hosting EU partners from Brittany as well as Devon and Dorset in Bradford on Avon at the end of October, with a special session for community group representatives on Tuesday 22nd. Low carbon community groups from Devon and Dorset will be there, though it’s not yet sure who is coming from France. There’s an invitation only meeting in the afternoon (interpreting means we need to keep numbers low), followed by an open drop in session in the evening. Dorset are bringing their home-made energy bike, the French will be talking about “porteur de paroles” (something to do with sandwich boards!), and there will be feedback and materials on topics including energy audits and the Green Deal, thermal imaging, Green Doors, Green Fairs, Transformation Trails, and some of the many different ways of capturing people’s attention. Please let Jane Laurie know if you’d like to come, or if you’d like to see the full agenda of topics.
Wiltshire Council’s new approach to working with schools on sustainability issues
If you work in a school or think your child's school might be interested, then please pass on this information.
The new Learning for sustainability service is a partnership of Wiltshire Council and council-funded services offering support for schools. We offer a range of sustainability support accessible from one service and the choice from a number of sessions to fit around you. The help available is designed to fit with the Eco Schools scheme and the new Learning for Sustainability award scheme. This service brings together experts in energy reduction, sustainable travel, school grounds, waste and recycling, forest schools and outdoor learning. Our hope is that by bringing everything together in an easily accessible service, schools will spend less time searching for support and more time teaching and incorporating sustainability. Please see the website for more information and contact details.
You can view a copy of their very first newsletter here.