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West Berks Repair Cafe at Newbury and District Hackspace – NADHack
Sun 15 Dec, 11am-2pm
Sun 19 Jan, 11am-2pm
Sat 15 Feb, 11am-2pm

Monthly repair cafe, 10am – 1pm first Saturday of the month at The Mix in Wantage.

Community Fridge & Store Cupboard opened this week at The Mix – see video below.

Green Christmas

 

Guide to a Green Christmas 2019

Each Christmas millions of trees, presents, toys, packaging, lights, cards, meals, wrapping paper are enjoyed for a few weeks. Many of these are hard to recycle and so end up in landfill (or cloggingup shelves and cupboards in your

A friend of ours Warren Ballantyne is making Christmas tree decorations from red, gold and silver drink cans. If you can spare any (eg Coke, Thatchers Gold, Fevertree Tonic) please drop them (clean please) into the Love Hungerford Pop-Up Shop opposite WHSmith or the Going Green shop in Arbery Arcade in central Wantage. 

Proceeds from the stars are going to the James Ballantyne Memorial in memory of Warren’s son James who was killed in a car accident 4 years ago.

Local Climate Change Initiatives

• Our report of the first West Berkshire Climate Conference – plus our discussion with Claire Willser from West Berkshire Climate Action Network and Green Councillor Steve Masters on 4LEGS Radio (listen from 29 minutes in – includes an explanation of how XR Citizen Assemblies work)

• Newbury Town Council was pleased with the turn-out of their first climate workshop, aimed at reducing their 68 tonne annual carbon emission to zero by 2030 if not before.

• Aldbourne Parish Council has declared a climate emergency and the Carbon Neutral Aldbourne group are working really hard to get everyone on board to reduce emissions as quickly as possible. If you live in Aldbourne please fill out their survey to estimate the carbon footprint of the village.
 
• West Berkshire Climate Action Network are running a West Berks Solar Streets initiative that offers group discounts on solar panels

• Highlights of the recent GreenFest events in Hampstead Norreys: talk by Sir Brian Hoskins, Founding Member of the Climate Change Committee;  Panel Discussion including Richard Benyon MP;  Lawrence Woodward OBE on Food & Farming Choices for Health and Environment; Should we oppose the expansion of Heathrow?

Food

The Wheatsheaf in Chilton Foliat (Britain’s most sustainable pub) serves 80% organic food & drink, (much of it local), uses green energy, grows their own herbs and fruit.

• Price comparison between food shopping at Packaging Not Included zero waste shop in Marlborough versus the supermarkets 

 

It is commonly accepted now that meat (especially beef) production creates a lot of carbon. But you also have to take into consideration carbon emissions of fruit and vegetables that are flown around the world

 

Reducing Food Waste

Jo from The Mix in Wantage explains how their new Community Fridge and Store Cupboard works to reduce food waste. 

You can also use the Olio and Too Good to Go apps to rescue local food going to waste.

Renewable Energy

Electric Cars & Tech

The Role of Trees in Carbon Capture

Water

How to protect our waterways from pollution and to minimise water waste in our homes.

Plastic & Recycling

• According to Oxfordshire Recycles, the carbon impact of food going to waste is bigger than the impact of the plastic packaging. A wrapped cucumber lasts 3 times as long as an unwrapped one! However, 79% of all plastic items ever produced are still in the environment and having an impact on the planet.

The first three month of trading at Packaging Not Included in Marlborough has proved a huge success in reducing single use plastic

 

Local Environmental Groups

Please consider joining a local group to meet likeminded people in your community and learn more about actions you can take to reduce waste and fight climate breakdown. (Please leave a comment below if you would like to have your group featured here).

 
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