Friday, April 26. 2013
TreeSisters is an audacious campaign fuelled by the love and creativity of
every-day women. We are building a global network to help reforest the tropics within 10 years, and we're just getting started. If you want to see this vision become a reality, then step in now and help us grow the roots! We need you, please join us
Tuesday, March 26. 2013
Some have view that the population of the world, growing so fast is, is an issue that should concern those who care about man’s impact on the planet. Some have the view that it is ‘not a green issue’. Come to this talk and form your own view. Find out what Population Matters, a UK charity whose patron is naturalist David Attenborough, thinks about it. Hear from environmentalist, writer and one-time chair of Friends of the Earth, Jonathan Porritt.
The Human Predicament
A talk by Jonathan Porritt
Winchester Guildhall, The Broadway, Winchester SO23 9GH
Monday 22 April 2013 7pm admission free
Saturday, February 23. 2013
22 March 2013 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Link Gallery, West Downs Campus, University of Winchester, SO22 5HT
Complimentary lunch at the Green Deal Winchester Energy Help Centre in Winchester City Centre from 12.30pm-1.30.
“Be inspired by successes”
You are warmly invited to this free event organised by WinACC (Winchester Action on Climate Change) and paid for by DECC Green Deal Pioneer Places funding.
The aim is to bring people together from districts across Hampshire who are taking action in their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to:
share news about what we’re each doing
learn from each other about what went well, and what didn’t
get energy, as well as ideas for the future
consider whether to develop any joint projects
strengthen our capacity to influence policy-making county-wide
“Great opportunity to learn what works to engage communities on climate change!”
2.00 Speaker Mike Kinghan MBE
Founded the award winning Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group.
inspired and helped Low Carbon Lichfield, and groups in Gentleshaw, Norton Canes and Hammerwich.
Worked with Lichfield District Council to develop its Carbon Reduction Plan.
3.00 Discussion sessions on topics of your choice. Slots available for your topics. Suggestions
so far received:
How to maintain energy and enthusiasm in a small community group
Community renewable energy
The Green Deal - is there any point?
Getting the message to the high street through a pop up shop
Using the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO)
Open GreenHouse – how to organise an eco-home visiting day
Working with Councils and Local Strategic Partnerships
Book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, group, email address, postcode and telephone number. Tell us the discussion topic(s) that interest you, whether on our list or an idea of your own.
Questions and comments to me, Susie Phillips, at Winchester Action on Climate Change Susie.email@example.com 01962 827083
Tuesday, February 5. 2013
I seem to replace my iron about every 4-5 years. I buy a middle of the range one - reasonably priced, not too cheap, but nothing with fancy gimicks either .. but they don't have a very long life span (and I don't iron that much - I can assure you!).
So what is it? Is my water too soft? or too hard? Or could it be... planned obsolescence? Where items are made to break - surely not..? However, I have just been looking it up.
Planned Obsolescence is a phrase which describes designing at product with a limited useful life! A process by which energy and materials are used up, just to replace what you already have. There is some economic gain, but nothing for the environment. In fact it seems blantently detrimental - more raw materials are used up to make the new item, but also - the old one also has to be disposed of too!
It looks like Fashion is the most obvious industry that does this, but electrical items also have their part to play.
So, how can this type of designing be reversed? even bettered? with longer lasting models which are more energy efficient?
Well, nothing here yet, but it looks like in Japan - they have a TOP RUNNER Program - where by you can only bring out a new electrical device on the market, if it has a similar or better energy performance that the best in its class at the moment. This results in ever increasing performance, and will result in lower energy bills... see more...
Tuesday, November 20. 2012
Wednesday, June 27. 2012
I went along to the FOE Bee Talk last night in Brockenhurst, to hear Jon Oakley (professional Entomologist) speak about bees. Jon is also passionate about photography, so his talk was accompanied by some amazing shots of bees in their natural habitats. Jon's talk was very informative and engaging. He spoke about wild bees, bumble bees, honey bees and solitary bees, and
One of the main issues at the moment, is why some bees are declining in numbers, sometimes very rapidly. There was lots of discussion about this, about new species arriving in the country, spraying crops with pesticide, the varroa mite and the availability of food for bees over the whole year.
Some of the above issues I cannot tackle, however, I did come away with the feeling that I could plant some different flowers in my garden, which would broaden the season for the bees to find food (and add colour throughout the year). So using Jon's list and some additions from the FOE bee booklet, here are some plants that will create a buzz throughout the flowering season:
Spring - Snowdrops, crocus, winter flowering heathers, forget-me-nots
March/April - bluebell, dead nettle, pussy willow, flowering currant, bugle
May/June - Aquilegia, campanula, raspberry, blackberry, dog roses, ballerina rose, foxglove, wallflowers, everlasting peas, laburnum, lupin, honeysuckle
July/August - marjorum, sunflower, buddleia, lavender, cornflower, hollyhock, dephinium, centaurea, heathers
and then extending the season into Autumn as well - ivy, oregano
Also, if you want to ask David Cameron to adopt a National Bee Action Plan in order to find out more about the decline of bees and how to protect our most threatened species, you can go on line to sign the FOE petition.. http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/bee_cause_petition_35038.html
Friday, June 8. 2012
Local FOE group who attended the Transition Lymington Spring Fair got 55 of their postcards. They are addressed to David Cameron calling him to support FOE's Bee Cause and commit to a National Bee Action plan to save the bees.
Even the bag monster signed up!!...
To sign up on line go to...
Monday, May 21. 2012
If you need a quick reminder of the variety of different species that live in our oceans, here's a taster, from Fiji and Tonga.
Plastic debris on the increase in North Pacific
Recent research shows a big rise in the amount of plastic litter floating in Pacific waters - a 100 fold increase over the past 40 years.
Smaller pieces of plastic seem to be being used by the marine insect ‘sea-skaters’ as surfaces to lay their eggs on, possibly helping the species spread in range. For other marine organisms, however, micro-plastics pose a significant threat as they can be easily ingested.
Read more from the Marine Conservation Society
Monday, May 7. 2012
The British Beekeepers Association are setting up a website/service matching landowners with local beekeepers.
The idea is that landowners provide the sites for the hives, which a local beekeeper will look after.
Benefits all rounds.
The landown gets lots of local pollinators, no hassle of the hives and a couple of jars of honey!
The beekeeper gets another site for keeping bees.
Sign up on line for more details about when the website comes live