Local Environmental News and Projects

Upcoming Eco Events

Newbury EcoBricking every Wednesday 3 – 7pm at Lock, Stock & Barrel Pub

Thu 19 Mar Tree Planting Volunteers Needed in Hungerford

Thu 19 Mar West Berkshire Solar Streets information evening, The Hungerford Library/Hub, RG17 0JG

Tue 24 Mar West Berkshire Solar Streets information evening, Hampstead Norreys Village Hall, RG18 0TR

Sun 29 Mar Sustainable Living Market, Thatcham

Sat 25 Apr Newbury Town Council Climate Change Workshop, St John’s Church, Newbury

Sun 17 May Sustainable Living Market, Thatcham

Sat 5 Sep GreenFest, Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham

Local Eco Events & News

Heat the Home Counties Grants available for loft and cavity wall insulation and ground and air source heat pumps for residents of West Berkshire.

Hungerford Eco News from HEAT – including eight electric car charge points in Hungerford

Thatcham Refillable now offer a drop & collect service from Hungerford. Place your clean, empty bottles in a named bag . Drop them at  Belle Chic Health & Beauty between 9 – 5 Mon to Sat. They’ll be delivered back to collect from the salon asap!

It was inspiring to chat with Karen Kirton from Berkshire on a Budget about her progress and ongoing plans for a No Spend 2020 including testing free offers on food apps, free pampers and make-up samples, free music lessons and computer support. Listen here:

Local Climate Change Initiatives

 Conversation 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)

• Carbon Neutral Aldbourne group are working really hard to get everyone on board to reduce emissions as quickly as possible.

• Highlights of GreenFest 2019 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

• 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 & Cleaning Products

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

How to make clothes washing ‘soap’ from conkers

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.

Packaging Not Included in Marlborough has proved a huge success in reducing single use plastic

 Newbury EcoBricking every Wednesday 3 – 7pm at Lock, Stock & Barrel Pub

 

Clothes & Shopping

• How to take a more sustainable approach to your wardrobe…without buying a single thing by Victoria Lochhead from Frankie & Ruby Dress Agency

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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