At some meetings, we have guest speakers to present various topics, and at others we discuss our own personal actions to address climate change. The group has a focus on encouragement, both of one another, and of the town community.
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Monday, February 8, 2010
After our very successful meeting on How to Green our Homes, our next meeting will be a showing of Rebecca Hosking's fascinating film "A Farm for the Future".
This is very topical – Hilary Benn of DEFRA was in Oxford earlier this month promoting buying local food and eating seasonal veg. We are in the Hearth at St Ethelwolds as the Garden Room is booked. We hope to get several local farmers to view the film and join the discussion afterwards. Come early to get a seat!
And do print out a poster and put it up anywhere you know of.
PS Philip Waddy has very kindly let us have a copy of the slides from his talk "How to Green Your Home" on CD. This will be added to our eco-library and will be available to borrow at the next meeting. Let me know if you would like to borrow it before then. ... Read this ...
CAG e-Bulletin - February 2010
Welcome to the first ebulletin for 2010. This year started with a number of CAG activities being cancelled due to the adverse weather, although Deans Court CAG battled ahead with a successful swap shop on 9th January and Longworth Environment Network held their tree shredding event despite the snow! Well done to you both.
Welcome to two new CAGs
Kidlington vs Climate Change
Burcot and Clifton Hampden Community Action Group
County Wide Swap Shop
Over 1200 people were out exchanging goods at the County Wide Swap shop on 23rd January. With nine events taking place around the County there was plenty of choice for people to go to their local event. Wallingford, and Wheatley swap shops offered to test electrical items. This is proving very successful as many people have working electrical items they no longer require. A number of CAGs are now able to test items before they can be reused, those that fail the test are sent for recycling.
CAG training event
Leading, motivating and working with your group
Oxclean - Spring Clean 2010
Dean's Court CAG has already signed up. What about your group?
Real Nappy Week
26th April to 2nd May 2010
Alternatively why not find out more about the series of events that Barracks Lane Community Garden’s nappy-free baby group is hosting, the next one is on 26th February from 2 to 4pm. The group is a natural parenting group which helps parents ‘tune-in’ to babies in order to lessen nappy use. See more details at www.nappyfreebaby.co.uk or contact Amber Hatch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other forthcoming national events of interest:
Love Food Hate Waste
Save cash and reduce waste, use your freezer
Wasting food has a huge environmental impact, producing, storing and transporting uses lots of energy and resources, as well as rotting food in landfill producing methane, a greenhouse gas. The amount of food thrown away in the UK is the equivalent of at least 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. That’s like taking twenty five per cent of cars off our roads!
Getting to know how much to cook is important as the waste resulting in preparing too much is costing the nation £4.8 billion per year. Using your freezer wisely can be a really smart way to reduce waste and save a fortune on shopping bills.
To find out more about the Love Food Hate Waste campaign and to get a free recipe book visit www.oxfordshirewaste.gov.uk
Free Training - All welcome
Why recycle batteries?
Recycling batteries is important for a number of reasons. Batteries can contain chemicals such as lead, mercury or cadmium. When disposed of in normal rubbish, most will end up in landfill where the chemicals they contain may leak into the ground. This can pollute the soil and water and potentially harm human and animal health. Recycling recovers some of the materials used to make batteries and these can be used again to make other products. Recycling also saves some of the earth’s natural resources and save on CO2 emissions by reducing the need to mine new materials.
WOOD happens on 21st - 23rd May at Braziers Park - it's quite possibly Britain's greenest festival. Powered completely on renewable energy, harnessing the power of the sun, the wind and even the people who attend the event (through a cycle-powered cinema and disco) and there are also composting toilets and music across two stages. WOOD is full of opportunities to learn more about sustainable living issues through talks and debates - as well as participating in a plethora of workshops.
The organisers want to offer CAG members a £5 discount to say ‘thank you’ for all the hard work that CAGs are doing - email drew@Thisistruck.com and you will be sent a secret link. For more information on the festival www.thisistruck.com . Feel free to circulate this discount offer around your group members - it could be a great spring get together.
Polymer Recycling Ltd offers a method of DVD, CD and CD-Rom destruction that recycles 100% of the compact disc, case and packaging without the use of chemicals, in a totally secure environment provided that the sender pays postage or delivery. Send to Polymer Recycling Ltd, Peninsula Business Park, Reeds Lane, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 1DW.
Important Change of email addresses
Contact the CAG Project:
I am hoping to hire a thermal imaging camera sometime over the next few weeks and was wondering if anyone would be interested in having some photo’s taken of their houses for a small fee to cover the cost of the camera hire, etc.
If anyone is interested please e-mail me and I will arrange the hire and book times, dates and sort out a cost.
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Following on from Kate Macintosh's comments, there is some excellent work being done on the issue of consumerism, our flawed economic system, and the potential for alternatives by a range of like-minded think-tanks. I would especially recommend:
- New Economics Foundation
Kate mentioned some of their publications - I would also recommend their recent report, 'The Great Transition' - see
- Sustainable Development Commission
They published a report last spring entitled 'Prosperity not Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet' which has just been published as a book - see:
It has sent ripples across senior policy circles both in the UK and abroad, so is well worth a read.
- Worldwatch Institute
This US think-tank publishes the annual 'State of the World' reports. The 2010 one is due out next week, entitled 'Transforming Cultures: From consumerism to sustainability' - see:
http://blogs.worldwatch.org/transformingcultures/about-2/preview/ ... Read this ...