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Latest news about environmental initiatives in our local area

Well done to Hampstead Norreys Community Shop volunteers for their eco-brick bench completion in the local primary school playground (see ITV Meridian report here) And huge thanks to the hundreds of local people who made eco bricks for the project.
 
Join in the discussions on West Berkshire Climate Action Network facebook group.

Upcoming Eco Events

Summer Festival of Conservation & Sustainable Living 1-31 August at The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys

Beeswax Wraps and Soaps Workshop Tues 20 Aug Marlborough

SustainHUBle Eco-friendly Pop-up Market Thurs 22 Aug Hungerford 

GreenFest Sat 7 Sept Hampstead Norreys

West Berkshire Climate Conference Mon 28 Oct Mon will explore different ways residents, businesses, local organisations in West Berkshire, and West Berkshire Council, can help tackle the climate crisis. The conference will be opened by Rt Hon Richard Benyon MP.  A conference agenda will be published in the coming weeks. Tickets will be available from noon on Mon 16 Sept. More information here.

Petitions and Campaigns to Support

Change.org petition to get every product clearly labelled with its carbon footprint

38 degrees petition to EU for mandatory carbon emissions labelling

Petition to parliament: all products sold in UK to have compulsory labelling of their carbon footprint 

Climate Change

• David Attenborough’s strongest message so far: Climate Change – The Facts

The Role of Trees in Carbon Capture

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, and invites diners to donate £1 to the Carbon Footprint charity on each bill.

• You can also bring in organic homegrown produce in exchange for credit at The Wheatsheaf!

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

• You can drop off your used cooking oil at The Red House pub in Marsh Benham who has it collected

 

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

 

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).

 

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

 

Monthly Wantage Repair Cafe

When: Saturday April 6th, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: The Mix, Wantage, Mill St, Wantage OX12 9AB, UK

First Saturday of the month. Volunteer fixers will be on hand to help with small electrical and household items, simple

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Electric Cars & Tech

Water

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

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Aug
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2019
9:30 am Brick City Exhibition & Brick De... @ The Base
Brick City Exhibition & Brick De... @ The Base
Aug 24 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Brick City Exhibition & Brick Den Workshops @ The Base | Greenham | England | United Kingdom
Make your summer brick-tastic with a visit
9:30 am Wantage LEGO Expo 2019 @ Vale and Downland Museum
Wantage LEGO Expo 2019 @ Vale and Downland Museum
Aug 24 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wantage LEGO Expo 2019 @ Vale and Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
The Wantage LEGO® Expo returns for the
10:00 am The Living Rainforest: Summer Fe... @ The Living Rainforest
The Living Rainforest: Summer Fe... @ The Living Rainforest
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Living Rainforest: Summer Festival of Conservation & Sustainable Living @ The Living Rainforest | Hampstead Norreys | England | United Kingdom
Join us this August as we celebrate
11:00 am Hungerford Real Ale Festival @ The Hungerford Club
Hungerford Real Ale Festival @ The Hungerford Club
Aug 24 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Hungerford Real Ale Festival @ The Hungerford Club | England | United Kingdom
Three days of real ale, cider, pies,
2:00 pm A Celebration of Rosé at The Nak... @ The Naked Grape
A Celebration of Rosé at The Nak... @ The Naked Grape
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A Celebration of Rosé at The Naked Grape @ The Naked Grape | England | United Kingdom
Come and meet our stunning range of
6:00 pm Lambourn Festival: Fun Fair @ Mill Lane Recreation Ground, Lambourn
Lambourn Festival: Fun Fair @ Mill Lane Recreation Ground, Lambourn
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lambourn Festival: Fun Fair @ Mill Lane Recreation Ground, Lambourn | Lambourn | England | United Kingdom
Fun Fair opens and continues daily until
Aug
25
Sun
2019
9:30 am Brick City Exhibition & Brick De... @ The Base
Brick City Exhibition & Brick De... @ The Base
Aug 25 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Brick City Exhibition & Brick Den Workshops @ The Base | Greenham | England | United Kingdom
Make your summer brick-tastic with a visit
10:00 am The Living Rainforest: Summer Fe... @ The Living Rainforest
The Living Rainforest: Summer Fe... @ The Living Rainforest
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Living Rainforest: Summer Festival of Conservation & Sustainable Living @ The Living Rainforest | Hampstead Norreys | England | United Kingdom
Join us this August as we celebrate
11:00 am Hungerford Real Ale Festival @ The Hungerford Club
Hungerford Real Ale Festival @ The Hungerford Club
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Hungerford Real Ale Festival @ The Hungerford Club | England | United Kingdom
Three days of real ale, cider, pies,
4:00 pm Lambourn Festival: Carnival Parade @ Lambourn Sports Club
Lambourn Festival: Carnival Parade @ Lambourn Sports Club
Aug 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Lambourn Festival: Carnival Parade @ Lambourn Sports Club | Lambourn | England | United Kingdom
Carnival Parade Judging takes place from 4.00pm

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