With the publication of the recent IPCC Report on climate change it's clear that much more needs to be done by everyone, individuals and governments alike, to prevent runaway climate change. This month's newsletter focuses on this very point and it is very timely that we have Sir Graham Watson, MEP speaking at next week's monthly CFB meeting on the theme of the move to green energy. Also, we are very grateful to BoA Town Council for awarding us a grant of £300 towards the re-print of the Active Travel Map.
OCTOBER'S MONTHLY MEETING
"Making the green energy switch without turning off the lights''
Monday 14th October 7.30 p.m.
Friends Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane,
This promises to be an extremely informative talk and will also give us the chance to ask questions on international climate policy. Sir Graham Watson MEP for the South West is a very realistic, down to earth speaker and it is likely to be a very well attended meeting, so we suggest you come early.
N.B. this meeting is next Monday, the 2nd Monday of the month, not the 3rd. one.
NOVEMBER'S MONTHLY MEETING "Carbon offsetting: a case study with Rainforest Concern"
Monday 18th November 7.30 p.m.
Friends Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane,
Sarah Fraser, Forest Carbon Consultant for Rainforest Concern will tell us about Rainforest Concern's carbon offsetting scheme, and the Neblina Reserve in Ecuador. 'Forest Credits' is a unique programme from Rainforest Concern that allows you to offset your carbon emissions and at the same time help protect native forests, their biodiversity and the important environmental services they provide.
IPCC REPORT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
We are all now well aware of the main findings of the IPCC Report which says says climate change is worse than scientists feared and that human activity is the main cause. This makes the work of groups such as CFB more important than ever. Here are a few key points from the report:
IPCC Chair said human impact on climate was now 'unequivocal‘, 'incontrovertible';
In our lifetimes we could see a 4 deg.C rise;
A 5.5 deg. C rise is possible by 2100;
The rate of decarbonisation is the critical variable;
Importantly, the Report makes conservative, not extreme estimates.
Whichever way we look at it we need to burn dramatically less fossil fuels, accelerate the move to renewable energy and become far more energy efficient. We can all play our part as individuals but we need to persuade our Government to take the whole issue much more seriously. These links provide more detail:
1. You can find the IPCC report and the summary for policymakers at: http://www.climatechange2013.org/
2. Carbon Brief's short guide to the report ;
CAN YOU JOIN THIS SCC STUNT?
Stop Climate Chaos stunt outside the House of Lords on Tuesday 15th October, 4:15 - 5:15pm
Join Stop Climate Chaos (of which CFB is a member) to demonstrate the breadth of support for the clean power target! They will be creating a huge real life version of this infographic, showing the broad support of the 200 organisations that have called for a decarbonisation target, so need lots of hands to hold up the logos! Meet at Old Palace Yard, Abingdon Street, London, SW1.
Please let Stop Climate Chaos know if you can come along (mentioning that you are a member of CFB) by e-mailing Sophia on: firstname.lastname@example.org and copy to email@example.com.
BRITISH ENERGY CHALLENGE - display & discussion
Thursday 10th October The Passenger Shed, Bristol (next to Temple Meads)
Display 10.00-17.00, followed by a panel discussion (17.00-19.30), with an excellent line-up including David MacKay (DECC Chief Scientific Advisor and author of "Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air"). You need to book the panel discussion beforehand. This is part of a national series of DECC roadshows. More info: http://www.carbontrust.com/britishenergychallenge
FOSSIL FREE EUROPE
This autumn Bill McKibben, the 350.org crew, and a wide range of climate leaders will hit the road to help build a movement strong enough to change the terrifying maths of the climate crisis. The Fossil Free Europe Tour isn’t your typical lecture – it will include speakers from across social movements, powerful videos, and music from the ground-breaking artist Filastine. Grab a ticket and be part of a unique and complete experience, unlike any talk you’ve been to before. 30th October: Edinburgh; 31st October: Birmingham; 1st November: London, UK. For more details: http://gofossilfree.org/europe/
TALK ON FRACKING - "FRACKtured FUTURE"
Wednesday 9th October, Selwyn Village Hall, Box, SN13 8NT
Former oilfield executive Ian R Crane has engaged industry sources and independent researchers to lay the foundations for his investigations into fracking – mining of shale and coal seam gas. In “Fractured Future – It doesn’t have to be this way”, a nationwide speaking tour, Ian asks whether this ‘miracle’ of nature really will be the solution to our nation’s problems? Is it going to be the best thing for us since North Sea gas, or are there hidden dangers which could impact upon communities in ways which need open discussion? Suggested entry donation of £5, but less would be acceptable.
SWITCH TO A GREEN ENERGY SUPPLIER?
Many CFB members are finding that using a green energy supplier is a very practical way of increasing the demand for renewable energy. If you are interested in making the switch you can do so easily from our home page;
we have arrangements with Good Energy and Ecotricity who will contribute to our funds for everyone who does so this way. Two people have very recently done so as they can see the benefit of doing this. This graphic shows how much green energy (the yellow sections) the main suppliers provide in their mix:
The next meeting of the Energy Group will be on Monday 28th October, 7.30 p.m. at the Town Club, Market Street. Anyone interested in joining the group or who would just like to find out what we are up to is very welcome to come along
SUSTAINABLE FOOD & DRINK GROUP
Date of next meetings:
Tuesday, 15th October at 3pm. Upstairs at the Town Club, 29, Market Street, BoA. Meeting to discuss potential for a Local Food Trade Event in the BoA Area. The Business Connector for Business in the Community will be coming to share her experience, having just organised a very successful event at Seend. Retail and hospitality sector were able to meet 25 local producers. The Wiltshire Farmers' Market Administrator and Cllr Magnus Macdonald will also join us. All welcome. Please email Ros Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
Tuesday 12th November at 7.30pm. Main SFADG meeting. Upstairs at the Town Club, 29, Market St, BoA. All welcome.
Finally, the well-attended meeting "Obesity - the Fightback!" on 23rd September, convened by John Potter, Mayor of BoA, was supported by the SFADG. Short presentations were given by Cllr John Potter; Mike Jones, Wiltshire Council Health Promotion Specialist; Karen Butler, Schools Cluster Co-ordinator; Alison Nelson, Commissioning Manager Food For Life Partnership and Steve Williams Fitness Instructor. Some action points were identified by the two discussion groups on 'Healthy Eating, including Education' and 'Activity'. A follow up meeting will be convened after the Action points have produced some feedback.
BIODIVERSITY GROUP -
Saturday 12th October, 9.30 a.m. - 12.30
Please join the Barton Farm Country Park Conservation Group to clear around the trees CFB planted nearly 5 years ago. If the hard work doesn't tempt you the hot drinks and cake break surely must! They meet by the Packhorse Bridge.
BoA's LOCAL VEGETABLE BOX SCHEME
Bradford on Avon Community Agriculture (BoACA) is a community-run project that aims to provide you with organic, fresh and tasty vegetables. We grow a variety of fruit and vegetables on a two-acre plot just outside of the town centre. You can now buy our seasonal produce via our local vegetable box scheme. The boxes are available weekly and come in two sizes (£8 for a small box, £12 for a big box). You can pick your box up on Wednesdays from either the Swan Pub in the centre of Bradford on Avon, or directly from our field (78 Bath Road, Frankleigh House entrance).
BoACA also relies heavily upon our dedicated volunteers in order to keep the project running and expanding. There are many ways you can get involved; we welcome kids and dogs at our Field Days on the last Saturday of every month (10am- 4pm) when can join in with activities such as mulching and digging. You can also pop up on a Wednesday morning (9am- 12pm) to help harvest our delicious vegetables for the veg. boxes or join us for a Sunday Social from 11am-2pm Sundays.
For more information visit www.boaca.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Nicky Couch on 01225 864421 or email email@example.com.
BoA FREEGLE - can you take it over?
Carol and Richard Craft started up BoA Freegle (formerly Freecycle) in the summer of 2006. Since then the membership has grown to over 5,000 and many 1000s of items have been found a second (or even 3rd or 4th) life and 100s of tons of useful things have been diverted from landfill. Carol and Richard are now looking for someone to take over the site, on a permanent basis; there are no costs involved, just some spare time and, of course, a strong commitment to recycling. If you are interested and would like to know more please e-mail: Bradford-on-Avon-Freeglefirstname.lastname@example.org
DECEMBER MONTHLY MEETING
A date for your diary - Christmas party, Monday 16th December in the Priory Barn. More details in the next newsletter.
FINALLY - MORE SOLAR ENERGY IN BoA IS ON THE WAY
Look out for a special newsletter in the next couple of weeks encouraging us all to help Fitzmaurice Primary School fit solar panels to its main roof.