All our events have had to be postponed until further notice. However they will resume as soon as it is possible to hold them safely.
In the meantime we will hold some digital hub meetings, and will inform hub members about these by email.
The Parish Grasslands Project decided that 2020 was the "ear when we should actively start to address the climate emergency. When we were set up nearly 20 years ago our efforts were focused on wild flower meadow conservation. While that is still our principal concern, over the years our scope has widened to include all aspects of the environment. It seemed appropriate therefore that as an environmental organisation we should engage with the most fundamental environmental problem of the age.
2020 marks the beginning of a decade during which, sooner or later, we will all have to make changes in how we live to try to reduce the rate of global warming. By the end of the decade we will have no choice, we will have been forced to adapt many aspects of our daily lives in response to its effects. The storms of February 2020, which brought flooding into the heart of our own community, were a reminder that climate change is a problem which does not only affect those in distant continents.
The goal is to find ways in which our two rural parishes, St Briavels and Hewelsfield & Brockweir, can work together to reduce our combined carbon footprint. After discussing this ambition with others in the community, we formed a working group and decided to break down the problem into five areas of action: energy, transport, food, land use and stuff (consumption/waste). We have set up hubs to address each of these areas. We launched the scheme with a meeting in the Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir on February 1 2020 (report below). The various hubs act relatively independently and hold meetings to plan their activities and events.
Events in the pipeline
Three of the hubs, Transport, Energy and Stuff, held their first meetings in February. Here is a list of further activities. Please come along to any of these meetings or events that take your fancy. They are open to anyone from the local community.
Food Hack & Ferments
Saturday 7 March, 7pm at the Brockweir Village Shop Loft: Do you know your kombucha from your kimchi, sauerkraut from sourdough? Join us for an informal gathering and learn how to use fermentation and other preserving techniques. If you already make your own then bring along a sample to share and tell us your top tips.
Transport hub follow-up meeting
Wednesday 11 March, 7pm at the Loft
Stuff hub meeting
Monday 16 March, 7pm at the Loft. Brainstorming session: bring your ideas of how we can tackle problems relating to consumption and waste
Brockweir wildlife walk
Sunday 5 April 2pm - 4pm starting at the Loft. Wild flower identification, bird boxes, community wildlife project. Please book your place at firstname.lastname@example.org
Electric bike and car demonstrations
Saturday 25 April, 11am till 1.00pm, Mackenzie Hall. Come along to test ride an electric bike and to find out about electric cars from their owners. Plus fun bikes and even a penny-farthing.
Renewable energy open house weekends
April 25 - 26 and May 16 - 17. Householders with various forms of renewable energy technology, including retro-fitted insulation, will demonstrate these to visitors. Anyone with suitable energy technology who is willing to be an open day host, or who can suggest possible hosts, is asked to email email@example.com with details
Saturday June 20. Plans are at an early stage, more details later. In the meantime, save the date!