Climate Friendly BoA September 2017 newsletter

Climate Friendly BoA September 2017 newsletter

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Caroline Lucas MP was criticised recently for linking Hurricane Irma with climate change. More. However, there is increasing scientific evidence for the Climate Change-Hurricane connection and the level of devastation is increasing as global temperatures become warmer. More. Almost all the strongest hurricanes on record have been felt in the past two years as sea levels rise, storm surges become stronger and coastal flooding becomes more extreme. The need for climate action is becoming more urgent, but a climate turning point is achievable according to a recent report from Mission 2020 (see below). Levels of CO2 emissions have remained flat for three years now, so hopefully "with breakthrough actions in a few key areas, including energy, transportation, land-use, infrastructure, industry and finance, we can build on the strong momentum towards a fossil-free economy." 


The speaker at our September meeting will be Kate Collyns who will talk about Grown Green - Setting up a Sustainable Market Garden. Kate is a local grower of sustainably-grown salads, vegetables, herbs & flowers. She was awarded Best Local Grower at Bath Good Food Awards 2014 & 2015 and has published a book: Gardening For Profit. Many of us try to buy local and some try growing our own with very varied degrees of success. It will be great to hear from Kate how it is done!

Monday 18th September 7.00 for 7.30pm.

Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JU 



Mission 2020 has produced a report: 2020: The Climate Turning Point. The authors state “In the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, the world’s nations have committed to "holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels”. This goal is deemed necessary to avoid incalculable risks to humanity, and it is feasible – but realistically only if global emissions peak by the year 2020 at the latest.” Global CO2 emissions have not increased for the past three years so there is hope that this can be achieved but a great deal of action may be needed to keep the momentum going at the necessary rate. More.



The price of offshore wind power has just dropped to a record-breaking low, coming in cheaper than new nuclear power for the first time. More. As the UK Government is drawing up plans for clean power in the UK, Greenpeace has started a petition asking Theresa May to “commit to more than doubling the UK's clean energy capacity by 2025 – to create jobs, power an electric vehicle revolution, and help create a safe climate" rather than investing in new nuclear power and fracking. Add your name here.



The Neighbourhood Plan for Bradford on Avon will effect how the town develops over the next 20-30 years. The plan will allow progress to made in key areas such as traffic management, pedestrian safety, biodiversity and the protection of green spaces. To approve the plan, there will be a referendum on Wednesday 20th September, so please don't forget to vote.

Find a link to the Neighbourhood Plan here.



The swift group is an offshoot of the biodiversity group of CFBoA. It seems very quiet now the swifts, such a feature of the ambiance of Bradford on Avon in summer, have departed, but there has been lots of excitement over the past months from the installation of the nest boxes in Holy Trinity being featured on BBC radio Wiltshire to having a Swift walk round town, in cooperation with Walkers are Welcome, on the longest and hottest day of the summer (well it felt like it anyway...)


However, if you're missing the swifts, help is at hand as we have some of Nick Upton's superb Swift photos for sale to remind you of summer. A4 and mounted they are a limited edition of 25 and would make great presents at only £24 each. £9 of this would go to CFBoA funds. Nick is a professional photographer who has worked with David Attenborough and all the photographs were taken in Wiltshire, some in Bradford on Avon. We also have pictures for sale by Rachel  Charlton, a ceramicist from Trowbridge. Rachel will donate half the price of these pictures to the swift group. Either the photos or the pictures would make great presents.  Rowena will bring all these along to the September meeting but let her know if you'd like to see them before that by emailing



On a baking bank holiday Monday, CFBoA had a very successful stall at Westwood Flower Show, featuring in particular the Refill project, homes for bugs and bees and swifts. There was a lot of interest in all our work and we got a number of new people signing up for the newsletter and signing the 2050 declaration. Thank you Westwood for letting us have the stall. We also had a table in the foyer of St Margaret's Hall at the Bradford on Avon Flower and Produce Show on September 10th so thank you to the organisers for inviting us.



Solar Aid is an international charity founded in 2006 to combat poverty and climate change. They provide access to solar lights in Uganda, Malawi and Zambia to help catalyse solar markets and eradicate the kerosene lamp. At three of our stalls over the summer we have encouraged people to donate to solar aid and in return offered them some of the items from our store such as electricity monitors, shower/toothbrushing timers, books etc. In all, we collected £72 for this small but very worthwhile charity which has now been sent off to them but we hope to continue this support in the future. This £72 will provide 18 solar lights for African families which, over their lifetime will mean, on average, 18,106 extra study hours for children, 38 people to experience better health, 19.1 tonnes of CO2 emissions averted and safer homes with reduced risk of fire and burns.


A letter signed by 18 MPs, union chiefs, council leaders and community groups was published in The Times, calling for Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, to reconsider scrapping plans to electrify parts of the rail network. More.  

You can add your name to the petition here.



Marine conservation society, Surfers Against Sewage, has started a petition to tackle the millions of cans and bottles thrown away each day in the UK. Currently only half are recycled and it is hoped that this situation could be improved by introducing a small deposit on each can or plastic bottle.

Add your name to the petition here.




Sustainable Food and Drink - Looking after the Earth

Over the last couple of years the SFADG has been carrying out an extensive literature search into what we should be eating and what we should be doing, in order to develop sustainable and ethical food systems and good food for all, whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. The resulting discussion document 'Sustainable Food and Drink - Looking after the Earth' highlights the deeply interconnected nature of many of the issues, drawing on local, national and global contexts. Read a summary here.


The main document is 68 pages with an additional 20 pages of references/bibliography. The attachment 'Alternatives to Plastic when Refrigerating and Freezing Or: Frugal Use of Resources!' as referred to page on 56 of the main document, is available here. The Index and the Conclusions are attached separately as a 7 page document that you may like to look at first to give you an idea of the content. However, the CFBoA Sustainable Food and Drink Group has always believed in joined-up thinking and it has not been possible to fully capture this, or the scope of our concerns, in a boiled down version, so we hope that you will find time to look at the full document (perhaps in bite-sized chunks!).



Our speaker, Dr Catherine Cherry, is a research associate at Cardiff University. She writes: "My work at the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP) explores the public perceptions and acceptability of a range of options designed to reduce our personal and societal consumption of materials and products. These include increasing product longevity, adopting new business models, changing patterns of ownership, increased sharing of products, reducing waste, and lifestyle change. I will first give a short overview of link between climate change and consumption, as well as the circular economy specifically, before describing our research and findings. We explored six scenarios for a Low Material Future with members of the public - I will describe some of the key findings for each of these and would be really interested to discuss whether these findings resonate with the audience and their daily lives."

A fascinating and important subject which we have not covered previously.

Monday 16th October 7.00 for 7.30pm.

Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JU 



An Indian summer could be on its way this Autumn, with September temperatures predicted to be swapping with August for the first time in 60 years. More. Spells of heavy rain are also likely to continue, so now may be the time to install a water butt. If every household installed a standard water butt, 30,000 million litres of water could be saved, and with that, your carbon footprint could be reduced and the huge costs of treating and pumping mains water could be cut. There are several water storage options available and polystyrene packaging could be reused to form a layer on the top of the water to keep mosquitos away. More.



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




Locally: Bradford on Avon's Holy Trinity Church shortlisted for Green Building Award. More 

Nationally: Free solar panels for 800,000 low-income homes. More

Globally 1: China plans nearly 300 Eco Cities. More

Globally 2: Australia Can Now Power 70% Of Homes With Renewable Energy. More



Monday 18th September: Grown Green - Setting up a Sustainable Market Garden A talk by Kate Collyns 
Monday 16th October: Sustainable Consumption and the circular economy - what do the public think? A talk by Catherine Cherry from the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP) 

Monday 20th November: How I See Me: The Power of Identities for Changing Pro-Environmental Behaviour A talk by Alina Udell, University of Bath



Wednesday 13th September: Cycle to Work Day. More 

Saturday 30th September: Corsham Give and Take Day and Repair Cafe followed by Fairtrade  lunch, film and AGM, Springfield Community Campus. More.  

Saturday 14th October: North Wiltshire Sustainability Day, Malmesbury Town Hall. More 


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