Climate Friendly BoA October 2017 newsletter




Climate Friendly BoA October 2017 newsletter



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OCTOBER 2017 NEWSLETTER


 
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As discussed at the AGM in August, CFBoA may be moving away from being a Community Interest Company, and instead becoming a Community Action Group. There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting in November to allow members to vote for or against this motion. See below for more details.  



The inefficiency of the UK’s housing stock has been highlighted in the press recently, with one report stating “there are 19 million homes in the UK with poor levels of energy efficiency – with a grade worse than a C on their energy performance certificate. The properties rated F and G, the lowest on the scale, are in fact so energy inefficient that they can kill due to the excess cold hazard they pose.” Read more here.

 

From April next year, it will be illegal to let a property below energy rating E. However, a legal loophole means landlords may exempt themselves from having to make improvements, if they can prove they do not have the funds to make their properties more efficient. More. Climate Action 10:10 has started a campaign to close this loophole, to reduce carbon emissions and protect tenants from unnecessarily high fuel bills. Find out more.


OCTOBER MONTHLY MEETING - SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY - WHAT DO THE PUBLIC THINK? 

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 

 


CALLING NOTICE FOR CFBOA EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

This is to invite all members of CFBoA to take part in a short EGM which will take place at 7.30pm on 20th November 2017 at the Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon. This meeting will precede the routine monthly meeting.

 

As outlined at the AGM in August 2017, the directors are calling a formal EGM now that they are ready to put to the members a motion to approve the voluntary dissolution of the Community Interest Company (CIC). Climate Friendly BoA will continue as Community Action Group with an operating committee, a chair, a secretary, a treasurer, and the existing six group structure.

 

The reasons for this intention, which were presented at the AGM and found strong informal support from the membership, are:

 

a) Being a CIC is a burden and an unnecessary complexity which does not add value to our activities. 

b) Any future need to be a CIC is greatly diminished as there are now more able and skilled organisations we can work with such as BWCE (Bath and West Community Energy) and WWT (Wiltshire Wildlife Trust).

c) The remaining directors are all standing down before the end of 2017 and the CIC cannot continue without at least three directors.

 

If you are unable to attend the EGM but wish to have a proxy vote please contact climatechampions@gmail.com or make contact at the October Meeting.

 

The draft minutes of the 2017 AGM are available here for anybody who wishes to see them.

 

The directors recommend support for this motion and would like to stress that CFBoA will continue to function with its six special groups just as before but not as a CIC.

 

On behalf of the directors of CFBoA,

 

Nigel Gerdes, Chair CFBoA

 


HELP LIGHT UP WILTSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE

Vote for Wiltshire Music Centre in the Marks & Spencer Energy Fund and support a greener future for Bradford on Avon!

 

Wiltshire Music Centre is bidding to win £12,500 from the M&S Energy Fund for LED lighting upgrades in their auditorium, which is used by thousands of school children, community groups and musicians every year.

 

The upgrades will reduce the centre’s energy use by 90% and will save the charity £5000 every year, which instead can be channelled into WMC’s programme of over 30 education and music-making projects for children and young people across rural Wiltshire.



To get the money, Wiltshire Music Centre needs to win the most votes in the region. With just a few weeks to go, the centre needs all the help it can get to maintain their lead and make this incredible project possible.

 

How to help:

1) Visit their campaign page and cast your vote

2)  Share the project with friends and on social media

 


BIODIVERSITY GROUP UPDATE 

We are planning to plant trees to commemorate World War One in Bradford-on-Avon. If you would be interested in being involved in this, please contact the Biodiversity Group at climatechampions@gmail.com



Next Biodiversity Group meeting:

Monday 16th October from 6.15pm in The Swan Hotel, BoA 


 


SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND DRINK GROUP (SFADG) UPDATE

Dietary Recommendations for Reducing Environmental Impacts and Improving Sustainability is the latest SFADG handout and comes from the extensive literature carried out by the SFADG. The full document, 'Sustainable Food and Drink - Looking after the Earth' is available here. The advice given by many environmental organisations to aim towards eating a vegetarian or a vegan diet for environmental reasons is not borne out by our literature search, which found such guidelines to be too simplistic and not necessarily likely to lead to best environmental outcomes. This handout includes the dietary recommendations for low environmental impacts, drawn up by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (2016), which aligns well with the findings of our literature search.



Next SFADG meeting:

Tuesday 7th November, 7.30-9.30pm in The Swan Hotel, BoA.

The Biodiversity Group will join us for this meeting to discuss areas of shared interest. All welcome.


 


WASTE AND RECYCLING SURVEY

The Waste and Recycling Survey is now live on Wiltshire Council’s website and will help the council develop a new waste management strategy.

 

We would very much like as many people to contribute to this as possible, therefore if you were able to promote this through your networks, schools or environmental community groups, that would be great.

 


CLIMATE CHANGE ON BBC WILTSHIRE

Did you hear Rowena Quantrill''s interview about Climate Change on BBC Wiltshire? More. Rowena’s interview is 47 minutes into the programme. Presenter, Marie Lennon, has asked anyone involved in CFBoA projects to call if they would like to promote what they are doing, as the station is keen to work with us. Please contact climatechampions@gmail.com for the phone number.

 


BRADFORD ON AVON BENCHMARKING TOWN CENTRE SURVEY

Bradford on Avon Town Council are undertaking a People and Places Benchmarking review of the town centre. The survey covers various aspects of Bradford on Avon including transport links, traffic congestion, air pollution and parking, and provides an opportunity to suggest two ways to improve the town centre. A full report will be available on the Town Council website by late November. Complete the survey here.



 


PLANNING APPLICATION: HOLT ROAD

CFBoA members wishing to see only sustainable and environmentally friendly future development take place in the Bradford on Avon area, may wish to comment on the following application:



Land to the north of Holt Road and Cemetery Lane, Holt Road Bradford on Avon  - 60 dwellings  by Bellway Homes Ltd (South West).



The closing date is Monday 16th October. Individual comments are tallied so weight of numbers does have an impact.



Areas for specific attention are the lack of changes since the application was previously refused, including: the inadequate bat corridor due to 20m gaps with no vegetation and near by street lighting, poor and overloaded road access especially the dangerous narrows that remain on the Holt Road, and the impact on local health and education services.



The site may be archaeologically important given that an iron age hill settlement was uncovered during the recent construction of the Kingston Farm estate.



The reference on the Wiltshire Planning Portal is 17/03844/REM. 



CFBoA Chair, Nigel Gerdes, provides further information on how to comment here.

 


END OF TERM FOR CFBoA CIC DIRECTOR, BLEDDYN GRIFFITH

Bleddyn Griffith finished his term as CIC Director in late August, and he is thanked for his service, wise council and support. Bleddyn attends meetings of the BoA Streets Ahead Group on behalf of CFBoA.

 


FREE COMPOST BIN

Free to a good home - a free standing compost bin with close fitting lid and hatch at the base. Constructed of black plastic, in good condition and proven to make nice compost. The compost bin can be delivered in the BoA area at no cost. Contact nigel.gerdes@gmail.com

 


SMALL STEPS TOWARDS CARBON NEUTRALITY

Are you looking for a recycled toilet paper that is BPA-free and doesn't come in plastic packaging? You may like to consider products from 'Who Gives a Crap.' The company uses recycled paper fibres, bamboo or sugarcane, and delivers their products in recycled cardboard boxes. As an added benefit, 50% of profits are donated to help build toilets for those in need. Visit the company website or read a review, including further information about their ecological footprint, here.

 


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

 

 


GOOD NEWS STORIES

Locally: Monthly bike workshops available in Bath. More 

Nationally: Scottish government bans fracking after public opposition. More

Nationally: Scotland to get its first deep geothermal heating system. More

Globally 1: Catholic Church to announce major fossil fuel divestment. More

Globally 2: Tesla is Shipping Hundreds of Powerwall Batteries to Puerto Rico. More

Globally 3: Japan looks to combine solar power with mushroom farming. More

 


MONTHLY MEETING DATES 

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

Monday 18th December: Christmas Party in Wallington Hall

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 

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

Saturday 14th October: No Work Gardening with Bob Flowerdew, 3-4pm, Trowbridge Apple Festival, Trowbridge Park. More

Monday 16th October: Biodiversity Group Meeting, From 6.15pm in the Swan Hotel, BoA

Tuesday 7th November: Sustainable Food and Drink Group Meeting, 7.20-9.30pm in the Swan Hotel, BoA.
 



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