On the 10th of September 2020 the first UK-wide citizens’ assembly on climate change published its final report , setting out a clear, internally consistent and timely path for how the UK can reach its legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050.
This report did not get the publicity it deserves.
The report is available here. This well worth a read.
The citizens’ assembly was set up by six Select Committees of the House of Commons.
Join Malvern Hills Community Led Housing for a lively Zoom debate about the future of housing across the Malvern District and our exciting project for Community Led Housing. Meet our members and hear our plans. We look forward to hearing your views. If you are concerned about the new Planning Laws being introduced and want to make sure we get the housing we need, not the housing developers make the most profit from, then join us on one of three dates below to find out how you can help. Each event has the same content:
Our current core team is five but expanding the working team would allow us to accelerate achievement of our objectives and help navigate the maze of government policy, funding and planning rules with the aim of building homes to the highest environmental standards incorporating the latest building technologies, homes that fulfil the needs of both young and older people.
Anyone with a commitment to make this happen can get involved. There are a multitude of tasks to tackle which include everything from joining the committee, to admin and research tasks. We would particularly welcome input from anyone who has worked in construction, architectural practice and design, planning, or related areas.
You don’t have to live in one of the eventual houses to be involved, we welcome anyone who is interested so please join one of the events to find out more. This is a very worthwhile project and elsewhere in the country, from Devon, to Shropshire and Nottinghamshire, other community-led housing initiatives are proving very successful.
We have received a small grant from Homes England to establish this project; local councils are supportive of us and we are already looking at suitable plots in the Malvern Hills area.
For a long time, the 4Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle have been used to get us to “go green”.
But there are at least 7Rs:
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Repurpose, Rot and Recycle.
Just say No. The best way to reduce the environmental impact of an object is not to create it in the first place. If we do not buy it then they will not produce it.
Buy only want you need. If you are not going to use it do not get it.
Were possible always get stuff that can be reused and reuse it.
It an item is repaired then we do not need to get a new one and with do not have to dispose of it. A win win. The repair café movement is important.
If we no longer need an item for its original purpose that can it be used in some other way and given a new lease of life. The in phrase for this is upcycle but that does not start with an R.
When an item gets to the end of its life. If it is properly biodegradable, then we can give it to nature to recycle it. The emphasis is on properly biodegradable. See my earlier article “Is plastic ever really biodegradable?”.
There are two good ways to rot things, first as compost and the other is via biodigesters. Biodigesters have the advantage they produce carbon enteral energy. So if you have the choice, it’s probably better to send to a biodigester.
A not so good way to use Rot as a way of disposal is just to give it to nature to let it handle your waste. If this is just throwing an apple core away during a walk this is probably OK. But normally this is littering. But if the item littered is properly biodegradable then is will be less of problem as nature will eventually take care of it.
If you have the choice should you rot or recycle? This choice only applies, I think, to paper and cardboard. If it is good quality, then I think it will best recycled. But, if poor quality or contaminated with food then rot.
The last on the list
Recycling is not a magic bullet
Many people think if they recycle then they have done their bit for saving the planet. But doing some recycling will not on its own stop the climate crisis. The climate crisis is caused by us putting green houses gases into the atmosphere. In general recycling does reduce the carbon footprint but not by much. There are many things you can do that will reduce your carbon footprint more than by recycling. But you should do them all. See my Climate Breakdown what I can do slides.
Recyclable is a word I hate. Making packaging recyclable will not solve the blue planet problem. The blue planet problem is a problem of littering. If all the plastic now in the oceans had been put in land fill or incinerated, it would not be in the oceans.
Manchester based Carbon Co-op is an energy services and advocacy co-operative that helps people and communities to make the radical reductions in home carbon emissions necessary to avoid runaway climate change.
They have held a series of webinars on retrofitting homes to reduce their carbon footprint. They have now released records of the webinars here. I would recommend the one on "People Powered Retrofit – a neighbourhood model for new retrofit markets"
Transition Malvern Hills (TMHills) continues to promote and support sustainable projects and initiatives in Malvern and the surrounding area. We are organising regular meet ups, (under the title of TMHills Eco-Chat, Thoughts and Action), for individuals and groups to discuss how Malvern is making the positive changes needed to reduce our environmental impact.
Due to the Virus Crisis these meeting are now being held online using Zoom. For information on how to use Zoom see here.
The bike is a Emotion Easy, Neo City. It is a good sturdy bike. The owner lived in West Malvern and it handled all of Malvern's hills well. The bike has a new console fitted and two battery chargers are included. But the bike itself needs some work, the wheel rims have gone, so it needs new wheels and a new chain. The battery has about half it's life left, so hopefully there's another year or two life in it yet. The bike is being offered on the basis of 'spares or repairs'.
If you are interested please fill in your email below and we will pass it on to the owner.
Aura Power is proposing a solar farm on land to north of Broad Lane, near Bishampton, Worcestershire. The proposed location falls within the district of Wychavon, and the parish of Bishampton. The solar farm will generate enough electricity to power 11,650 homes, thereby saving 14,300 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.
As well as generating renewable energy, the proposals also include measures to improve biodiversity and ecology at the site, sheep grazing to manage the land, and a community benefit fund to be spent on local educational, social and environmental projects. Aura is particularly keen to find out from local people what projects might benefit from the funding.
They are having a online public consultation webinar and Q&A session on Tuesday 28th July 6pm