Question Time: How can we keep our green and pleasant land?

ballot-158828_1280If you’ve ever wondered how to compare parties on their  environmental policies, here are some ideas on question to ask.

Guiding principles

What importance does the party give to environmental issues?

Economics

Are any steps being taken to encourage the thrifty use of finite resources?
Is endless growth the only way run an economy?

Food

In what ways are you looking at land use to ensure support for local farming and a sustainable food supply?

Waste

How will your party significantly reduce the amount of waste produced through encouraging waste reduction at source?

Energy

How will your party reduce society’s dependency on oil?
How can less energy be used?
How will the production of renewable energy be encouraged?
(NB oil and gas are cheap now, but the market is volatile)
How would you run the Green Deal to make it easier to understand?

Transport

What policies does your party have improve transport infrastructure and to integrate public transport?

Tax

How do tax breaks/subsidies for renewable energy production compare with breaks/subsidies for fracking/conventional energy?

Housing

As a high percentage of the UK’s current housing stock is ageing and poorly insulated, would your party introduce a nationwide affordable home insulation programme help reduce fuel poverty?

Rural issues and rural poverty

To what extent does your party recognise rural poverty and how does it perceive its policies may have different impacts town and in the countryside?
(eg bus passes, fuel duty, cavity insulation)

Where to look

Party websites, publications, meetings, canvassers… Good luck!

This article first appeared in our March to June 2015 Newsletter

The Merry Tiller

An entertaining history of ‘Growing your own’ in song, verse and humorous sketches! On Friday 14th March at Malvern Cube.

The show is a light-hearted ‘potted’ history of ‘growing your own’ and is a fast moving, humorous and engaging production involving narration, songs, poetry, music and sketches. Digging for Victory, The Horticultural Show, slugs, pests, neighbourly rivalries and even a bit of romance are all there – for those who enjoy a ‘sing’, there is also plenty of opportunity to join in.

‘Merry Tiller’ features a cast of eleven talented local actors, singers and musicians and lasts approximately seventy minutes.

Friday March 14th, doors open 7pm, at Malvern Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern WR14 2YF. Tickets £5 (from The Cube 01684 575363 or on the door). Pdf Flyer for Merry Tiller (191KB)

Bar available with local beer and cider. A light supper will be available before the performance (not included in ticket price).

Come and browse exhibits by local food and growing groups.
Evening organised by Transition Malvern Hills and Malvern Hills Food Alliance.

Community vegetable growing at the Cube

At the Cube we have the first community vegetable growing project in Malvern with 10 raised beds. Community growing makes it lighter work, shares knowledge well and handles gluts as many people can benefit from the produce. TMH have several other food based initiatives and are also partners with the Malvern Hills Food Alliance. Food growing and preparation have enormous potential for not only lowering our Carbon Footprint but improving our health, fitness and wellbeing.

Green Party Burns Night Ceilidh

Malvern Hills Green Party is holding its annual fund-raising Burns Night Ceilidh on Friday 24th January from 7.30 pm to midnight at Malvern Cube.  The popular Canon Frome Community based group, The Loose Canons, are playing again after their success at the 2013 event, and the move from West Malvern Village Hall to the Cube ensures that there is more space for dancing!

The ticket price of £8.00 (in advance), £10.00 on the door, £25.00 for a family of four includes a light ploughman’s meal.  Draught local ale, cider, wine and soft drinks will also be on sale.  You can reserve tickets in advance from [sf_email]greenleafjan@gmail.com[/sf_email]

FINDING STRENGTH – INSPIRATION IN CHALLENGING TIMES

Saturday  1st February  9.30 am to 4.30pm.

Venue: The Fold. Bransford. Worcester  

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A powerful one day workshop to reflect on what’s really important  for you to live a more satisfying life.   

By the end of the day you will feel clear to make changes and decisions that truly support who you are.  

Whilst farming the delightful land around here for around 40 years I have become increasingly concerned for the state of our wonderful earth. We live on this amazing planet and yet whilst science tells us that business as usual is not an option, society as a whole often seems like rabbits caught in headlights unable to act or change.

This work brings us into contact with what we are truly grateful for and what we most struggle with. Bringing these polarities into consciousness clarifies our perspective and from this new place we can make more powerful decisions. And whilst we come to terms with learning to live with uncertainty we see a far more positive possible outcome.

Cost: £60.00,  £40.00 or £20.00 subject to income including lunch

Early booking recommended.  Pre-booking essential – please contact  Kirsti on  T 01823 662934    M 07798 67 67 96

For more information see:-

https://www.facebook.com/strengthinchallengingtimes

www.facilitationforlifeonearth.org

http://www.joannamacy.net/   –  This powerful workshop is based on Joanna Macy’s life affirming ‘Work That Reconnects’, a tried and tested approach for exploring our lives in relation to the state of our world.

Malvern Hills Green Party Quiz Night

7.30pm on Friday 15 November 2013

Great Malvern Hotel, Graham Road

 Come and join us for another great Quiz night!   Julian Roskams is our Quizmaster for the evening so a fun and unique evening of specialist topics and general knowledge is guaranteed.  A little bit of acting too!  Prizes to be won.

Entry just £5.00 per head, or £15.00 for a team of four.

Hope to see you there!

Malvern Hills Communities Fair

Transition Malvern Hills and Malvern Hills Repair Café are working together to organise the first Green fair in Malvern – the Malvern Hills Communities Fair!

The aim of this one day event is to raise awareness of and celebrate local environmental initiatives, particularly the efforts of those individuals, voluntary groups and businesses who are contributing to the sustainability of the Malvern Hills communities.

Malvern Hills Communities Fair will take place on Saturday 21 September 2013 at Malvern Cube.  There will be themed areas based on different environmental issues such as waste, energy, transport and food and a variety of different workshops, presentations, children’s activities and entertainment will take place throughout the day.  Stalls will be available for a small charge.

We would welcome more volunteers to join us on the organising committee as we want to ensure that this will be an event that Malvern will remember!

If you could spare some time to get involved, please call 01684 892581 or email [sf_email]mhcommunitiesfair@gmail.com[/sf_email]

Transition takes off in Malvern

The Transition initiative for the communities in and around the Malvern Hills area is gathering pace. This website has ideas, information and action.

To get involved or see what is happening locally check the Events section, or read about/contact the Working Groups, where the practical action takes place.

Find out more

If you are new to the ideas behind transition, read our Introductory article, and also take a look at the Reference section for where it came from and how it is developing elsewhere.

 

Get in touch via our general contact form to join the mailing list or to send a message on anything. TMH also has a Facebook group, and there is a bunch of videos from events on YouTube.