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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

See https://www.aurapower.co.uk/bishampton-solar-farm/ for more information.

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"

How does The Centre for Alternative Technology(CAT) Zero Carbon Britain scenario compare to other models for getting to net zero? Cat's Philip James compares the key changes, choices and technologies from Zero Carbon Britain with the Committee on Climate Change’s ‘Further Ambition’ scenario.

This is from Cat's Clean Slate magazine

We are giving a talk on The Centre for Alternative Technology(CAT) new Zero Carbon Report. This will be at 30th March at 8pm.

Due to the Virus Emergency this talk will now be online.

Zoom will be used for this talk. The Zoom link is https://zoom.us/j/544847254 .

For details of how to use Zoom see here.

The slides are available here.

For the full report and lost more information and resources see CAT's own website.

The Centre for Alternative Technology(CAT) has release a new Zero Carbon Report. This major 200 page report shows how Britain become carbon neutral. A modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today.

For the full report and lost more information and resources see CAT's own website.

I would urge all of you to read this report.

40% of UK carbon emissions come from households. Get active - 10 things you can do now that will make a difference.

  • Make sure lights are switched off and doors are closed in rooms that are not being used.
  • Put on an extra jumper and turn your heating thermostat down by 2 degrees.
  • Have a ‘no car day’ once a week.
  • Talk about climate change with family, friends and work colleagues.  Share your thoughts and ideas.
  • Create a wildlife friendly garden, encourage bees, birds and other wildlife. Don’t use pesticides or herbicides, look for eco friendly alternatives.
  • Support local wildlife trusts/groups.
  • Think twice before buying clothes or goods - do you really need them?  Malvern Repair Cafe can repair most things for a donation. 
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle everything where possible.  Request non plastic packaging on your online purchases. Malvern and Worcester have a shop to refill your household cleaners, soaps and dried foods, bring your own containers.
  • Buy local foods wherever possible. We are lucky to have Greenlink in Great Malvern and Natural Choice in Barnards Green that sell local produce. Cut down on your meat eating.
  • Be positive, you can make a difference.

Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) will consider a motion to declare a climate emergency on 23th July. 

The meeting will take place at the Worcestershire County Council chambers due to renovation on the local MHDC chambers.

Please come along to support this motion. 

You can join us at the WCC chambers at 7:00pm, or you can take the 5:09pm train with us from Great Malvern to Worcester Foregate Street, where XR will hold a march through Worcester city centre to the WCC offices on Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2NP. It is about a 2 mile walk. Bring banners.