SEPTEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
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Thank you for all the kind emails saying how much you enjoyed my first 'edition'; except of course a revision was needed a week later! For those who were mystified by any change, it was about an incorrect link to further reading of the Hartley Farm Walk and Talk. I hope you find this edition interesting, although it has got some repeats but they are still relevant.
SEPTEMBER MEETING - RETROFITTING EXISTING BUILDINGS FOR LOWER CARBON EMISSIONS
Dr Francis Moran, Research Associate, Centre for Energy and the Design of Environments (EDEn), University of Bath will talk on the fact that
historic dwellings in the UK make up 20% of all homes and are amongst the most poorly performing part of the English housing stock in energy use terms, with the lowest SAP rating and highest average annual CO2 emissions.Monday 17th September, 7.00 for 7.30pm
Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, BoA, BA15 1JU
'Building Local Resilience' with Anna Francis from Frome Town Council. Anna's role focuses on helping Frome households, organisations and businesses become more resilient, self-reliant and sustainable. Key activities include:
- Reducing energy demand through insulation and promoting reduced car use
- Increasing the use of renewable energy
- Exploring opportunities to reduce waste and improve resource use, and
- Supporting new developments with high levels of sustainability and retrofit initiatives
The vision is to enable Frome to move towards becoming a thriving, sustainable One Planet community, and we hope to learn from their experience to inspire ourselves to take onboard some of Frome's ideas
Monday 15th October, 7.00 for 7.30pm
The Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JU
COMMUNITY SCIENCE FAIR IN TROWBRIDGE
Climate Friendly attended a Community Science Fair at The Mead School in Trowbridge on Saturday 8th September. We were asked to provide interactive activities linking science and climate change. We had a 'Waste Time Line' where children and adults tried to identify how long materials take to decompose and the consequences. Also a food chain activity that then posed the question of what all in the chain would eat if a link in the chain was 'broken'; and a hands-on experiment adding water to different types of 'soil', then discussing erosion and soil management. Fun was had by all and we were able to put over ideas and suggestions to a lot of the visitors. Eunice
THE SUMMER WEATHER
The Met Office have recently released the analysis of the summer weather, and apparently it was the joint hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, and the hottest ever for England. It said the highs for summer 2018 were tied with those of 1976, 2003 and 2006 for being the highest since records began in 1910. England's average temperature narrowly beat those seen in 1976. Read more…
There was also a report that the 'next few years may be exceptionally warm' (More here...) which will not help the fact that the 'Arctic's strongest sea ice breaks up for the first time on record' (More here...)
GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON DRILLING FOR SHALE from Rachel Berger
The Government is proposing to grant permitted development rights for exploratory drilling for shale. This is the first stage of assessing whether fracking in an area is feasible. It would bypass control by local government and treat applications for drilling with the same relaxed requirements that are given for minor householder applications for home extensions. This is a threat to local democracy as well as a threat to local environments and their water supplies, and more exploiting of fossil fuels will undermine severely our ability to limit climate change within manageable levels.
There is a consultation open until late October. I will be responding on behalf of CFB and will contact the Town Council and Wiltshire Council to ask them to respond. Please read the guidelines in the briefing (here), which was prepared for Quakers, and sets out clear guidelines for a non-technical response, and if you can, please respond as concerned individuals.
AN IDEAL WEEK FOR A GREENER BRADFORD
There has been a lot going on in Bradford on Avon in the first days of September. The 'Ideal' led Town Council voted to accept three initiatives that CFBoA have been campaigning for: to install solar panels on the roof of St Margarets Hall and a water fountain on the exterior of the hall, and to actively back the call for a Plastic Free BoA. (Read more...)
And of course we had the religious ideal of a Greener Bradford at Trinity Church on Saturday. Apparently it was very well attended and senior figures were both inspiring and quizzed. A full report will be in next months newsletter!
The CFBoA Incredible Edibles Planter in Lamb Yard.
Dave from the Secret Garden cafe kindly does some watering of the CFBoA fruit and herb planter in Lambs Yard. However, a chance encounter revealed that a kind BoA resident, Marina Bryden, seeing that the planter was suffering during the summer drought, took it upon herself to administer several buckets of water on days when she was in the centre of town. This has really revived the planter, which is now looking very healthy again. So, a big thank you to Marina and also to Peter from Coffee Etc, who has agreed to Marina taking water through his café. Ideally it would be great to have an outside tap available in Lamb Yard. The herbs and fruit are available to anyone to pick and show what can be grown in a very small. Ros
SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND DRINK GROUP (SFADG) UPDATE
The next Sustainable Food and Drink Group (SFADG) meeting is on Tuesday 11th September at 7.30pm. Wiltshire and Bradford on Avon Cllr Jim Lynch will be joining us. Jim's initiative - BoA "Food of Love" Festival March 2019 - gives us the opportunity to work with the councils, supporting the case for sustainable food and drink and highlighting local food producers and Fairtrade. Please note that the venue will be the Town Club, 29, Market St, Bradford on Avon. Do buy a drink at the bar downstairs and then come come upstairs and join us. All welcome.
NOMINATE LOCAL BUSINESSES FOR REDUCTION IN PLASTIC
2018 will be remembered as the year the world woke up to the plastic peril, thanks in no small part to the “Blue Planet 2” series, and the film “A Plastic Ocean”. The revelation of the damage being done by plastic to the natural world came as a shock to many. We have come a long way from celebrating plastic as a wonder material to modern “Return the Plastic” events at supermarkets.
In Bradford on Avon local businesses and organisations have been stepping up to the challenge, and we have highlighted some of these changes and support in this Facebook group. Some local businesses have phased out plastic straws and stirrers, encouraged people to bring their own containers for refills, and there is talk of one or more water fountains though nothing yet provided.
In order to recognise the achievements in Bradford on Avon, “Plastic-free Bradford on Avon” is to give Plastic Reduction Awards. There are two categories, one for the business community such as the shops, supermarkets, restaurants, pubs and cafes, one for organisations such as the council, schools and community and sports groups.
What we are looking for is not just the “greenest” business or organisation as these may be fairly easy to identify, but those that have made the greatest shift from their baseline at the start of 2018 to reduce plastic .
If you would like to nominate a business or organisation please post its name in the group along with the reasons. You are welcome to nominate your own business/organisation. The deadline is 31st December and we will announce the winners in January 2019.
RE-CYCLE YOUR EMPTY PRINTER CARTRIDGES AND MOBILE PHONES
Save your old cartridges and phones from landfill. Visit Cartridges4Charity.co.uk to find out how to re-cycle your empty printer cartidges and mobile phones in aid of the Against Malaria Foundation. This seems very efficient, they send you a freepost label to print out so you don't have to pay postage.
LIONS FUN RUN - SUNDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
Come We've been asked to publicise this event at the end of September and are happy to do so (More here...
CALLS TO ACTION
Here are some ways you can still do your bit in the campaign against climate change:
- If it's edible and accessible: map it here at fallingfruit.org
- Getting away from it all (without flying!) More
- Sign this petition calling on major supermarkets to ban small clear plastic bags used for fruit and vegetables.
- Millions of people across the planet took part in Rise for Climate on Saturday. See the video here of 'What People Power Looks Like'.
MONTHLY MEETING DATES
Monday 17th September: Retrofitting existing buildings for lower carbon emissions - Dr Francis Moran, Research Associate, Centre for Energy and the Design of Environments (EDEn), University of Bath
Monday 15th October: Building Local Resilience - Anna Francis
All meetings 7.00 for 7.30pm
The Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JU
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Tuesday 11th September: SFDG meeting. Upstairs at the Town Club 7.30pm - 9.30pm
FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
If you use Twitter please do follow CFBoA - our Twitter name is @goingzero2050
. It is all good publicity for what we do. Our Facebook page is full of information and is always really up to date with the latest climate news and you can see this (though not contribute) even if you are not on Facebook. You can find it by clicking here
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