FEBRUARY MEETING - LAND USE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Is the livestock industry a bigger source of greenhouse gases than fossil fuels? What is Biological Energy Carbon Capture and Storage and should it underpin climate change policy? Nikki Jones, researcher/writer on global energy explains the climate change impact of land use. She will describe the many ways that livestock production adds to our greenhouse gas emissions and how getting carbon back into the soil should be a priority for governments.
Before the talk, CFBoA members will vote on a special resolution to delete the statement in the Articles of Association that CFBoA assets are to be passed to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust on the dissolving of CFBoA as a CIC.
Monday 19th February, 7.00 for 7.30pm
The Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JU
Wallington Hall was packed for our Strategy Meeting in January, with about 45 people present, including County and Town Councillors and representatives from local groups such as Churches Together and the Preservation Trust. The room was buzzing as people got together around tables and over a simple supper to discuss the challenges facing us in reducing carbon emissions far enough, and fast enough, to avoid catastrophic climate change. Some of the outcomes of the discussions can be read in this summary
of flip chart points but it is certain to say that there was real energy in the room and many participants will have left feeling more optimistic than when they arrived. Now let's put all these ideas into practice....
GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN
In Wiltshire, more than 4,000 volunteers have taken part in Clean for The Queen and Great British Spring Clean events. Over 200 litter picks have taken place and 31 tonnes of litter have been collected. Wiltshire Council will once again be supporting the Great British Spring Clean in 2018 and is calling on communities to get involved by organising a litter pick during the weekend of 2,3 and 4 March 2018. In the Bradford on Avon community area in previous years a number of community litter picks have been held across the town and villages, by community groups, parish councils, schools and the youth club. CFBoA took part last year and it would be great to do so again. If you could help to organise this, or would like to take part, please email email@example.com
. Further information is available here
YOUTH CLIMATE SUMMIT
On 5th February, CFBoA Chair, Rachel Berger, attended a youth climate summit held in Bathampton, organised by a group of pupils from five local schools, including St Laurence. Read Rachel's report here
WASTE GROUP UPDATE
Refill was chosen by CFBoA to be the focus for our sponsorship of the film "I, Daniel Blake" at the Film Society. It was at the end of the week when the Government were highlighting recycling plastic bottles, so all the filmgoers were well up on Refill and very supportive and many signed to try not to use single use plastic bottles.
Refill had lots of publicity this month with members starring on the national BBC News, the Sunday Politics Show and Radio Wiltshire. We were seen from Norfolk to New Zealand! Read more in the media flurry section below.
The next Waste Group meeting will be on Monday 5th March at 7.30pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested in joining the newly reinvigorated Waste Group and would like further information and the meeting venue.
As mentioned at the start of the newsletter, the problem with plastic has suddenly gripped the nation and as a result there was a flurry of media interest in the work of the CFB waste group, particularly the refill project.
First off was Eunice Parker speaking to Marie Lennon about the refill project on BBC Radio Wiltshire on January 25th. The feature starts 1 hour 14 minutes into the programme. Listen here
This was followed by a film of shops in Bradford on Avon offering refill and then an interview with Jill Hollings in The Hub, which is part of the project. This was shown on the national TV and radio 6pm news, also on January 25th.
The Sunday Politics West show on Jan 28th (about 11.40am) included a short introductory film about waste plastic which featured interviews (very brief!) with Eunice Parker, Rowena Quantrill and Ruth Walton, filmed in Christine's Sustainable Supermarket. Watch here.This was followed by a discussion about waste plastic between two politicians who referred to what the interviewees had said 53 minutes into the programme. More.
Finally, Ruth Walton (aka The Green shopper) was interviewed on BBC Radio Wiltshire about plastic in teabags on Jan 29th, the interview begins at about 2.05pm For further information on plastic in tea bags visit the Green Shopper website.
SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND DRINK GROUP (SFADG) UPDATE
For good ideas on cutting back on waste, see Food Lovers Save Money
. A food waste diary is also a good idea to help us see what goes to waste. What could we do differently? Remember that a third of all the food produced in the world is wasted. Foreign travel and the countless enticing recipes with exotic ingredients encourage us to try cooking new dishes. However, do the majority of the spices, sauces or other specialist ingredients, bought for one culinary experiment, then sit in the kitchen cupboard or fridge? Perhaps a focus on buying ingredients that we know we will use and an occasional visit to an ethnic restaurant would be less wasteful?
For more news from SFADG, including the impact of buying imported food; how people in the UK buy more ultra-processed food than other European countries and the group's plans for a series of Farm and Nature Walks and Talks with the Biodiversity Group, please find the full update here
At our next meeting, Jim Lynch, Bradford on Avon Town Councillor and Wiltshire County Councillor will join us and we hope that there will be representation from various sectors of the local food chain. We aim to explore ideas on how to build on the good progress made in and around Bradford on Avon, over the last few years, in the availability and the uptake of local and Fairtrade food and drink. All welcome.
SFADG Meeting, Thursday 1st March, 7.30pm
The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN
BIODIVERSITY GROUP UPDATE
There will be owl, kestrel and bat box workshops on Sunday 25th February and Saturday 31st March, 9 -12 noon at the top of the vineyard at Avonleigh.
Look out for details regarding the Town Council's plan to plant trees in memory of the 184 people who died in WW1.
In collaboration with BoA Preservation Trust, we are planning a trip to the fritillary meadows for sometime in the last 2 weeks of April. Timing depends on when they come into flower. Transport will be by minibus or car share.
Wanted: any excess primrose plants you may have. They must be the wild variety. Please email email@example.com
or call 07507 782523 if you have any to spare.
Make a pond in your garden using a car tyre, as seen on the BBC's Winterwatch programme. Take a used tyre and place it in a spot where it is not too exposed, place a layer of soil inside, sloping it up the sides of the tyre, followed by some pond liner or equivalent. Allow it to fill naturally with water and then place soil on the outside sloping up the tyre so that you can add some plants. The slopes allow easy access to the water for frogs and other animals. Now is the time to do this as frogs will be arriving any time soon to spawn. If you have young children be aware of the dangers of water and place a fence around it.
Feed the birds this cold weather to use up scraps of food and be well entertained!
Biodiversity Group Meeting, Monday 12th March, 7pm
The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN
CALLS TO ACTION
Here are some ways you can do your bit in the campaign against climate change.
- Follow CFBoA's lead and make a donation to support Wiltshire Music Centre's 20th Anniversary appeal to upgrade the auditorium lighting to LEDs. More.
- Switch to Ecotricity and the energy supplier will donate up to £60 to the People:Power fund to fight fracking in Britain. More.
- Sign the Greenpeace petition calling on UK supermarkets to ditch throwaway plastic packaging here.
- Sign the petition calling for the CEO of PG Tips & Unilever to remove plastics from tea bags here.
- Join the Plastic-Free Bradford on Avon Facebook Group and support their 'Final Straw' campaign
- Join the Say No to Plastic! Facebook group for discussions and tips on how to reduce plastic consumption at home (for example by making your own products) and for advice on setting up initiatives to approach local businesses and more.
- Distressed by the news about Volkswagen testing vehicle emissions on monkeys? More. Urge VW to ditch diesel car production and switch to electric cars instead by signing this petition started by Greenpeace.
- Support 10:10 Climate Action's campaign for solar panels on all new buildings here.
- Tell Tesco to stop selling disposable plastic straws by signing here.
- Sign up to support the ‘Fair Fares Now’ campaign to fight ever-rising train fares here.
SMALL STEPS TOWARDS CARBON NEUTRALITY
When buying fresh fish or meat, take along your own container to save it being wrapped in single-use plastic. The excellent fish stall in the BoA market are very happy to do this and the stall holders reckon it is better for the fish as it prevents it from getting squashed. Members of CFBoA have been able to do the same at the local Sainsbury's.