BTN wants volunteers for Green Week 2015

2015 Basingstoke Green Week Programme

We are seeking 2-3 volunteers to help us with:

(a) Setting up displays in a “pop-up shop” in Festival Place;
(b) Staffing the shop for Saturday 19th September and other days to be decided, including Sunday 20th if possible, 8.30 am to 5.30 pm;
(c) Dismantling on final day (we have the shop for a week but are not sure how many days we can sustain it with volunteers);
(d) Setting up, staffing and dismantling temporary stalls in Portchester Square, Festival Place, on Saturday 19th September – stallholders will bring their wares but they will need help setting up, staffing and dismantling; hours 8 am to 6 pm or part thereof if we get enough volunteers.

We also have a vacancy for one or two co-ordinators for Green Week, willing to
start immediately and work until end of Green Week on 26th September. The volunteer would co-ordinate among the organisers of various activities for Green Week, communicate with Basingstoke Council, liaise with public liability insurer if necessary, work with a BTN member on social media publicity and keep in touch with local media (especially the Basingstoke Gazette) to publicise Green Week. A person or people with social, telephone and social-media skills, internet and social media access, proximity to Basingstoke and enthusiasm for and knowledge about the aims of the Basingstoke Transition Network (sustainable living, protection of the environment and biodiversity, climate change prevention and mitigation, and alternative energy production) is/are sought. Enthusiasm for the aims of BTN is also a prerequisite for volunteers helping in the pop-up shop.

At present we are not in a position to pay travelling or subsistence expenses to volunteers, but we hope to be able to pay telephone/internet expenses to the Green Week co-ordinator.

Applications and enquiries should be sent to info@basingstoketransition.org

2015 Basingstoke Green Week Programme

Hampshire County Council priorities for cuts

The following came from WinACC:
Please reply to Hampshire County Council consultation about priorities for cuts.
The ‘Shaping Hampshire – Spending Review Consultation’ asks how the County Council could find £98m from April 2016 onwards.
I suggest that all HCAN members should reply, and encourage their groups to reply, telling the Council that they must make climate change their top priority, and focus their spending on cutting carbon emissions.
Many steps would save money, or at least cost nothing:
  • encourage schools to put solar PV on their roofs – paid for by the community
  • encourage commercial renewable energy developments (instead of attacking wind power)
  • end  support for fracking
  • install renewable sources of electricity and heat whenever HCC buildings are improved
  • always prioritise the needs of walkers and cyclists above car-drivers when designing road schemes
  • lobby for more rail investment
  • revoke their cuts to public transport
We need to convince them that there are votes in climate change.
Please respond yourself, and put this link into your mailings
 
All the best
Chris
Sheila P’s view on this:
Hampshire CC’s document accompanying the questionnaire is quite focused and lists a number of measures that it might take, including, essentially, more and more out-sourcing of services to service-givers who don’t have to be paid as much.  The consultation document at:
http://www3.hants.gov.uk/spendingreviewsurvey (the downloadable PDF, 36 pages long) gives the breakdown of the budget, of which “Adult Services” takes up nearly half (£304M).  Children (non-school) is next at £161M, then Economy, Transport and Environment at £104M, then Corporate Services at £43.5M and finally Culture, Community and Business at £34.3M.  “Adult services” means services for “vulnerable” adults including elderly, disabled and mentally ill people and their carers.  The out-sourcing means, among other things, “service users being increasingly supported through their existing social support networks (e.g. friends, family and community)…”
The subsequent points suggest that innovative ways of integrating the care receivers into the community will result from the Council’s reviewing its provisions.  I hope so; but what I see is that the Council, like most organisations, spends most of its money on salaries and wages, either directly to its employees or indirectly by contracting out.  The end result of any cut is therefore a cut in people’s take-home pay, and for contractors, in the surpluses they make that they can re-invest in improving anything, including their green-ness.
If we need the Council to spend more money on green-ness out of a fixed pot, then we need, in the long run, to reduce the demand for their other services.  How do we do this in the context of “Transition”?  It is too easy just to shout for our own priorities (listed above by WinACC) without considering the bigger picture and the Council’s perception of it.
Not that we shouldn’t all get our fingers out and make all the points WinACC lists!!

Climate Coalition and the Low Carbon Communities Network Big Conference

28th to 29th March in London

Climate Change: New directions for local action

The Climate Coalition (CC) and the Low Carbon Communities Network (LCCN) are to hold a major conference in London over the weekend of March 28 / 29th 2015. This will bring together people from local action groups across the UK with national NGOs as well as local government and support agencies.

 

We invite you to help shape this event and to take part. The next year will be a critical one for work on climate change in the UK. The general election and the UN Paris conference will be key events, while issues round divestment, fracking, and renewable energy will also be focal points for action.

 

Action at a local level will be an essential part of this work. The conference will focus on:

  • Activities around the election and Paris 2015
  • New issues such as divestment and climate justice
  • Building skills and meeting the needs of local organisations
  • Building better links between grass roots groups, NGOs and other agencies.

The conference is free to attend and takes place at University College London, starting at 1.30pm on Saturday 28th and ending at 3pm on Sunday 29th. All delegates are invited to a celebration party near the event on Saturday evening.

Registration is online – follow links from:

http://www.lowcarboncommunities.org/

More information is available – email: info@communityenvironment.org.uk

 

Green Week update

Our plans for Green Week are advancing fast.  We want to build on our highly successful publicity and sales stalls in Castle Square in 2014 by moving to Festival Place and maybe having a popup shop.  If you want to be in on this exciting opportunity in Basingstoke’s most popular attraction, come and join us now.  Our next business meeting is on Tuesday 3rd March at 7.00 pm in the Innovation Centre, Norden House, Basing View RG21 4HG; and our next social meeting is at the Tea Bar at 6.30 pm on Monday 23rd February.

We are also looking for a secretary or treasurer (I will do one but I can’t do both!) and a website/social media officer.  Contact info@basingstoketransition.org if you are interested.

Green Week is supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

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Cycling activities and workshops

The new year starts out with good news for cyclists and would-be cyclists from My Journey Hampshire which is that they have organised “pedal2gether” rides, workshops for cycle maintenance and some drop-in “bike doctor” sessions at Popley Community Centre.  See flyer here 97683BasingstokeBikeHubA5-2ppHi61f.

They are even offering free fitted bike lights, in January and subject to availability, so hurry up!  I love cycling, even in January, and I hope you will, too.

 

 

Christmas with the Local Plan

Basingstoke Transition Network wishes you a happy Christmas 2014 and a new year 2015 full of fulfilled good resolutions!

Some of our brave members and friends went to the 11th December meeting between Basingstoke Council members and the Local Plan Inspector, Mike Fox (appointed by the Secretary of State).  Three spoke and pushed our points:

  • Enough low-carbon-emission housing for the projected growth of households;
  • A carefully-considered cycling plan;
  • Preservation of biodiversity, green spaces and country park in the Manydown estate;

Maria Miller MP was also present and aired concern about the plan’s effect on the pollution level of the River Loddon.

The inspector’s summary mostly emphasised his concern that the Council has underestimated the need for housing, and that the plan is not sustainable.  For the full report and his subsequent letter setting out his points, go to http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/browse/environment-and-planning/planning/emerging-local-plan/localplanexamination.htm

 

The Water Garden, Hamsphire – crowdsourcing appeal

Many of you will already be aware of the The Water Garden’s crowdfunder campaign for an aquaponic farm in Hampshire.

If you haven’t or need a reminder, they have made a handy video that explains it all in around two minutes. Check here. <link- http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thewatergarden>

Founded by biologists, Alan Walker and James Lyon, The Water Garden claims to be able to grow more food but for less of an environmental impact.

This kind of sustainable intensification <link-http://www.futureoffood.ox.ac.uk/sustainable-intensification> of agriculture is considered a solution to future challenges for our food system. More so many have questioned whether it is even possible <link-http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/blog/2014/08/08/is-it-possible-for-the-uk-to-ensure-agricultural-intensification-is-sustainable/ >. The pair hope to develop a model of a commercial aquaponic farm that proves a ‘sustainably intensive’ farm could work, “by growing more food while giving back to nature”.

Be Revolutionary!

Many of us have already pledged and since launching on December 1st The Water Garden has reached £1370 of their £10,000.

Alan wanted to say:

“Thanks to everyone that has pledged already, the support has been great. Crowdfunding only works if you share your good deed, so remember, tell everyone about it.”

For those that haven’t pledged, the closing date is 25th December. They have got some great looking rewards, so get in before it’s too late.

Oh, it’s all or nothing- if they don’t reach their £10,000 total they don’t receive a thing.

Together we could help budge them closer to their target.

You can learn more and pledge at their crowdfunding page. < link- http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thewatergarden>

Discover what else the pair are doing check out their website. <link- www.thewatergardenfarm.com>

Thanks
Alan Walker, The Water GardenFBadwatergarden612c

Green Week 2015

Good news – BTN and partners Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and other groups will be holding another Green Week in 2015, because this year’s was so successful.  Dates: 19th to 27th September 2015.

Do you or does your organisation want to take part?  Let us know: info@basingstoketransition.org

And we are looking for a volunteer co-ordinator – please contact info@basingstoketransition.org if you are interested.  Details below.

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