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Food and social resilience:

Free Online lecture 21st October 6pm-7:15pm

A University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) online lecture

About this Event

Food supply and food security have been assumed as part of EU culture and economic membership over half a century. Brexit throws much into the air. Already, old themes have re-emerged, such as assuming others will feed the UK; accepting remarkable power over food supply being held by a handful of companies; wanting food to be plentiful yet cheap; normalising a low waged food system; accepting a massive toll from diet-related ill-health; and eating as though there are multiple planets.

The UK has form in ducking the importance of food policy until there is a crisis.  This lecture urges more attention be given to food defence and social resilience. It is time to face home truths about food.

The lecture sets out to: (1) map current UK food security; (2) locate food as a social not just environmental problem; (3) highlight the human and societal dynamics with food systems; and (4) propose some radical but reasonable lines of policy development.

To apply for a ticket go to this link

Wiltshire Climate Alliance - Meeting for members 

4th November 2020 - 7PM

Our next members meeting will be held on 4th November 2020 at 7pm online. We have yet to put together the agenda for the meeting but all the topic groups will provide an update. Its been a busy few weeks. 

We are also in the process of putting plans together for a Workshop with Wiltshire Council (similar to the one we held on 14th August) dedicated wholly to young people. 

Do register for the meeting using the form below.

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A very interesting event being organised by Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon taking place pn Tuesday 10th November at 7pm.

"We’re delighted that Dr Matthew Shepherd, Soil Biology Senior Specialist, Natural England, and our other speakers, Helen Taylor and Cate Le Grice Mack, have agreed to give online presentations to help us understand more about the essential role of living soils, as our previously planned live day event cannot take place this year, due to restrictions. 

2020 has brought into sharp focus the vital role of a varied, well-balanced diet of healthy food, and the overwhelming importance of acting urgently to safeguard the environment, mitigate climate change and avert the ecological crisis. Healthy soils are a fundamental prerequisite for all of these."

To book a place and for more information please click on the LINK

JOB VACANCY - Avon Needs Trees

Avon Needs Trees is looking to hire a freelance project co-ordinator to work 21 hours per week to help us continue our conservation work across the Bristol-Avon catchment area.

We are entering a crucial, but very exciting time for our charity. With the purchase of Hazeland finally confirmed, volunteers and special interest groups eager to visit the site, and fundraising for our second land purchase at Seend just getting started, things are moving at a mile a minute.

 

We need someone who is well organised, dependable, and enthusiastic about our goals to help us continue the work we’ve started.

Read more here.

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Don’t leave our woods and trees defenceless - Defend our woods and trees against cuts to planning protection - Register for the Webinar 15th Oct

Trees and the planning system

 

Defending our woods and trees against cuts to planning protection

The proposed changes to the planning system remove existing protections for woodlands and reduce our ability to speak up for trees and woods threatened by development.  

With irreplaceable ancient woodland covering just 2.8% of England, we can’t afford to lose any more.

The planning system exists to help make better places to live. The changes offer us opportunities to drive high quality new tree planting to green our towns and cities. But we must start by protecting the trees we already have.

Join us for a webinar with Woodland Trust experts and representatives from communities who have used the planning system to save their local woods. We’ll explore:

  • what the proposed reforms look like

  • how they will impact woods, trees and our ability to speak up for them

  • what you can do to help.

Thursday 15 October at 12pm - the session will last approximately one hour with an opportunity for questions. 

This is a free event but booking is essential as places are limited.

Register for the meeting HERE

As a partnership between Next Generation and Community Energy England, the Innovation Lab webinar series features innovative business models currently being explored within the energy sector.

The webinars will include a short presentation followed by an interview and a Q&A session. If you would like to submit a question for the Q&A session beforehand please email next-generation@cse.org.uk.

In this month's installment we will be hearing from Low Carbon Hub about project LEO.

You can register for this webinar HERE.

CLIMATE AND ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY BILL

The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill calls for:

  • the UK to make and enact a serious plan. This means dealing with our real fair share of emissions so that we don’t go over critical global rises in temperature

  • our entire carbon footprint be taken into account (in the UK and overseas)

  • the protection and conservation of nature here and overseas along supply chains, recognising the damage we cause through the goods we consume

  • those in power not to depend on technology to save the day, which is used as an excuse to carry on polluting as usual

  • ordinary people to have a real say on the way forward in a citizens’ assembly with bite.

CLIMATE NETWORKING CONFERENCE - Green European Foundation

Maintaining Momentum in Climate Change Leadership: Networking and energizing Conference Hub bringing together policy makers, academics, campaigners, writers & scientists.

 

Join for a day of (virtual) panels, discussions, and exhibition stands bringing together a variety of climate change actors, as we work together to ensure that climate stays top of everyone’s agenda amid a postponed COP26!

With the need for immediate climate action stronger than ever, the GEF are bringing together actors from civil society, politics, activism, and academia to determine what climate leadership looks like in 2020 and what strategies, messages, and objectives will propel us forward.

Get tickets by clicking HERE.

Wiltshire Council Meetings for October

There are 2 significant Council meetings in the next 2 weeks.

Cabinet meeting, 13th October at 10:00. Online

The full agenda is HERE, but the main subjects are for road schemes, Melksham bypass and the Housing Infrastructure Fund in Chippenham.

Sadly, there is no mention of the Climate Task Group's (CTG) report and recommendations to Cabinet Members.

Unfortunately it's too late to ask a question, but you can make a statement. To attend or make a statement you need to register on the Council site HERE.

Full Council Meeting, 20th October at 10:30 Online

As yet, there is no agenda for this meeting, but as it is Full Council, the CTG report should be a major item on the agenda.

Be aware that if you wish to ask questions, it is likely that they will need to be in to Council by 13/14th. That is NEXT WEEK, so no time to lose

To check the agenda and to submit your question go HERE

Quick guide

You can ask 2 questions, and each question can have 2 parts. You can also make a statement before the question. The whole should not be more than 3 minutes of speech.  

It can be on or off the Agenda items and you should be asked if you want read yours immediately before the relevant item. 

If you can spare the time (Full Council is a very long day) ask to read before the item as it has more impact. 

It would be helpful if you could send a copy of to us.

 

If you need help, email us HERE.

Grandpas Against Climate Change - Letters to MP's

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Introductory Letter - This letter reflects the views of 120 grandparents who share serious concerns about the future for their 245 grandchildren.

We are sending this on behalf of grandparents who are extremely concerned by the accelerating rate of climate change, which politicians and statesmen have failed to deal with over our lifetime and which, without urgent action, will severely blight the future of our grandchildren and yours.

 

Read the full letter here.

 

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Letter to MP's #1 -

Carbon Dioxide emissions have been increasing since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. In the early ‘90s, countries began to come together to develop a strategy to control and reduce the emissions of CO2 and other Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

 

Read the full letter here.

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Letter to MP's #2 

Even before our parents were born, scientists understood the Greenhouse Effect and the impact that increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) could have on the planet’s climate.

Now that we are able to look back at historic levels of atmospheric CO2 we see that over the past 800,000 years it fluctuated through the ice ages from about 180-280 parts per million (ppm). As the Industrial Revolution started in 1750 it stood at 280 ppm.  

 

Read the full letter here.

Letter to MP's #3 

Sixty years ago, when many of us were less than ten years old, there were clear early warning signals from scientists of the danger in burning fossil fuels and predictions of where this would lead.

 

In 1958 Frank Capra made a film called ‘The Unchained Goddess’ which was shown on American TV and explains what weather is, and how it works and the risk of man-made climate change.

 

Read the full letter here.

Letter to MP's #4 

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have been increasing since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and emissions have accelerated over the past thirty years.  We now have an understanding of atmospheric CO2 levels going back over 800,000 years and through several ice ages.

 

Read the full letter here.

Letter to MP's #5 

The Greenhouse Effect, climate change and global warming were not in the curriculum when we were at school.  We now all use the term Greenhouse Effect to explain why the planet is getting warmer although it is a bit more complicated than the simple greenhouse analogy. The basic physics of the ‘Greenhouse Effect’, which explains how more CO2 in the atmosphere leads to warming, has been known since the mid-nineteenth century

 

Read the full letter here.

Letter to MP's #6 

The Greenhouse Effect, climate change and global warming were not in the curriculum when we were at school.  We now all use the term Greenhouse Effect to explain why the planet is getting warmer although it is a bit more complicated than the simple greenhouse analogy. The basic physics of the ‘Greenhouse Effect’, which explains how more CO2 in the atmosphere leads to warming, has been known since the mid-nineteenth century

 

Read the full letter here.

Letter to MP's #7 

Over the past decade the Arctic has warmed by 0.75oC far more than the global average. The Albedo effect in relation to the melting ice caps is one of the climate change tipping points. As white snow and ice melt they no longer reflect sunlight back into space. As darker rocks and water are exposed, they absorb more of the sun’s energy causing more warming and more ice to melt, which results in greater exposure of darker surfaces which absorb more radiation etc.

 

Read the full letter here.

Letter to MP's #8 

In tackling Climate Change over past 30 years, politicians and world leaders have failed to understand the problem and put in place measures to control global warming. After all the warnings though the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, global average temperatures have risen by over 1oC since 1880. Two thirds of this has occurred since 1975. Breaking of climate records has become the norm and now these are so frequent they fail to engender any great cause for alarm.

 

Read the full letter here.

Letter to MP's #9 - 

Atmospheric CO2 can be reduced naturally by its uptake into vegetation and soils.  Any process which removes GHGs from the atmosphere is known as a sink. Human activities impact on terrestrial sinks through land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). These can significantly alter the exchange of CO2 (carbon cycle) between the terrestrial biosphere system and the atmosphere. Globally LULUCF accounts for 6% of global emissions

 

Read the full letter here.

Letter to MP's #10 

The sixth mass extinction, also called the Holocene extinction or the Anthropocene extinction, is an ongoing extinction event of species resulting from human activity. Definitions of the period when man’s activities have resulted in the extinction of other species vary, with some going back 200,000 years when man evolved, some to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, and others to as recently as the mid 20th century. These extinctions cover numerous families of plants and animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods.

 

Read the full letter here.

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Letters to Power - Your creative response to the emergency!

Letters to the Earth and Culture Declares Emergency invite you to write your Letter to Power for September Rebellion 2020.

We are experiencing multiple emergencies.

Pandemic, the loss of lives and livelihoods, systemic racism, soaring inequalities, the closure of community spaces, the erosion of trust with those who hold power, increasing global temperatures and the alarming rate of species extinction. 

 

Our economic and political systems are still prioritising profit over people and planet. Yet these systems have never been as exposed or vulnerable as they are now. 

 

We need to raise our voices and hold to account those whose power, influence and decisions are determining the course of our lives. The health of our communities and our planet depend on it. 

 

Local Electricity Bill - Write to your MP!

The Problem: The potential for community renewable energy to benefit local economies is being blocked by unfair regulations and hugely disproportionate costs.

The Solution: Power for People have drafted the Local Electricity Bill and are campaigning for it to be made law. This would give community-scale renewable energy a massive boost by empowering communities to sell their energy directly to local people.

The Campaign: So far, Power for People have brought a cross-party group of 187 MPs on board in support. But they need many more and to achieve this they need your help.

For more information see their website HERE

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