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Latest news about environmental initiatives

Greta Thunberg addressing world leaders at the UN climate summit (2019): You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words…”
 
It is good to see words now starting to be put into action in our local area. 

Upcoming Eco Events

West Berkshire Climate Conference Mon 28 Oct
To 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.  Tickets information here.

Environmental Impact of Community Buildings Conference Thur 7 Nov
CCB is hosting this event for anyone involved in the running of a village hall, church or community building who wants to reduce the impact of their building on the environment. Cost £10 (free to CCB members).

 

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

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 

Local Climate Change Initiatives

• 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 just 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, 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 emissions of fruit and vegetables that are flown around the world

 

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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