Transition Malvern Hills be having a stall at the Hellens Garden Festival
Support this action outside County Hall from 8.30 a.m – 10.30 a.m. on Thursday 16th May for good humoured, peaceful but attention grabbing demonstrations. Banners, Placards, Fancy dress, Samba bands, aerial photos taken by drones,
Our Gaz light expert Brain Harper gets he name on the cover of the latest WR magazine
See page 68 for the article “Where there’s Muck there’s Gas”
Malvern’s 2019 and 8th annual Seed and plant swap / sale takes place on Sat 6 April 10am – 3pm at Lyttleton Rooms, Church Street
- You can swap plants and seeds or give a donation
- Serving home-made savoury and sweet snacks and fairtrade drinks
- Refurbished tools for sale
- Tool / knife sharpening 12-3pm
Broken or unneeded hand and power tools and sewing machines
Proceeds for Tools for Self Reliance
For more information please contact us
On 11th February we are holding a film night at Malvern Cube, starting at 7:45pm.
The main feature will be “What now? Next steps on climate change” A lecture by Christiana Figueres. Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010-2016.
The supporting feature will be the classic “the Story Of Stuff”
All Welcome, entry is free but donations will be welcome
Links to the films we intended to show
We have updated our display at the Malvern Tourist Information Centre. We are now back to our roots with a display based on the theme:
Climate Breakdown now is the TIME TO ACT
The poster in the from is a from Clean Slate The journal of Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). CAT is also the home of Zero Carbon Britain.
The wind turbine is kindley loaded by Mike of Green Link
Below are the message we are displaying in the window
Here are the links from the messages
Transition Malvern Hills has one of the windows in the Malvern Tourist Information Centre for six weeks.
Until Christmas the display is zero plastic Christmas. After Christmas it will be changing to a Zero Carbon Britain and Climate breakdown display.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a new report SR15
If the global temperature rises by 1.5°C, humans will face unprecedented climate-related risks and weather events. Currently we are on track for a 3 degrees or more of warming if we do not change course.
It’s the final call; the most extensive warning thus far on the risks of rising global temperatures.
Why is this important? The plastic pollution highlighted by the Blue Planet TV Program is plastic that was not recycled or incinerated or put in landfill. If it had been it would not be in the oceans. It’s litter. The same applies to litter in Britain. I believe that the only solution it to make sure that packaging is fully biodegradable. But that leads to problem of what to we mean by biodegradable. There is a lot of Greenwash in this area.
Let’s start with a definition.
Biodegradable: capable of being broken down especially into innocuous products by the action of living things such as microorganisms
The problem is that capable does not mean it will breakdown. To quote Jacqueline McGlade, chief scientist at the UN Environment Programme. “It’s well-intentioned but wrong. A lot of plastics labelled biodegradable, like shopping bags, will only break down in temperatures of 50C and that is not the ocean. They are also not buoyant, so they’re going to sink, so they’re not going to be exposed to UV and break down”
If they need to get to 50oC that will also not happen in the British countryside, not even this Year.
Is compostable an alternative term? Again, this may only work at temperatures above ambient. So, I think compostable can be as misleading as biodegradable.
So, what is the alternative. The best solution is to eliminate single use packaging. But this is utopian. So what alternatives are there.
For some uses paper bags are a good solution. Where paper bags do not work there are alternatives which claim to work but the question I ask is do they breakdown in the environment be that the ocean or the countryside, or even the city. These alternatives include cellophane and “plastic” made from corn or potato starch.
Searching the web finds lots of products but are they really the solution. I do not know. The term “Home Compostable” look promising but I fear it could become greenwash.
Greenpeace have a useful video here on plastic packaging.
For the more technically minded one informative link is The truth about bioplastics by Renee Cho, Earth Institute, Columbia University from Phys.org