Author Archives: Sheila Peacock

IPCC update and plastic recycling

The UK government has reacted to the IPCC 8th October report: BEIS minister of state Claire Perry has asked the Committee on Climate Change to produce a report by end March 2019  (see BEIS website)  but unfortunately it covers only longer-term targets i.e. to 2050.  It specifically says:

“Carbon budgets already set in legislation (Carbon Budgets 3-5 covering 2018-2032) are out of scope of this request.”
(if you think this isn’t good enough, write to your MP).
Meanwhile BTN has made the point to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Manydown Overview Committee that the developers need to re-run their cost models to account for Manydown being carbon-neutral.  See us in the video of the meeting at BDBC’s YouTube site (when it is released – sometime next week i.e. after 20th October – but we are well over an hour into the proceedings).  Our speech is at speechtoMOConIPCC17Oct2018
The shock news that the Council is withdrawing the mixed-plastic recycling bins from Basingstoke triggered us to launch a petition, which you can sign at: .  We presented the 700-odd signatures we’d got by then to yesterday’s (Thurs 18th October) full Council meeting, from which they will go to the environment portfolio-holder in the Council cabinet.  Our petition calls for the development of a recycling strategy for the Borough, since its recycling record of 26% is abysmal.

IPCC 8th Oct 2018 – most urgent call yet – Keep Global Warming below 1.5 deg C!

Press release of IPCC 8th October assessment

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is calling for urgent action to keep global warming below 1.5 deg C.

From the press release: “…limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050.”

And, a message to politicians and the rest of us, “This report gives policymakers and practitioners the information they need to make decisions that tackle climate change while considering local context and people’s needs. The next few years are probably the most important in our history.”

“Practitioners” means us – what are WE doing to reduce our carbon emissions?

“Policymakers” includes Borough and County councillors, and the candidates for next May’s local elections.  The Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) is available at or


Hampshire Climate Action Network Sat 13 Oct

Innovation Centre, Norden House, Basing View RG21 4HG (4EB for SatNavs)

Everyone who is actively working against climate change in their community
in Hampshire is welcome – there is no formal membership.

We aim to share experiences and news, learn from successes and failures, and
work together where appropriate. We hope to see you – 9.30am for setup and
introductions; business 10-12.30, then bring and share lunch.

It is informal workshop-style, no speakers, with own picnic shared lunch
afterwards to network. The agenda is set by you, so send the topics asap you
want to discuss to
Suggested Agenda Item:
How does one go about formally requesting an Air Quality Management Plan of
one’s Council?
Booking isn’t required but it is helpful to tell us if you plan to come so
we get the right number of chairs.
WinACC depends on gifts from supporters. Please help if you can – more here


Brookvale Sustainability Day, Sat 29th Sept

BTN is pleased to promote the Sustainability Day organised by our friends Brookvale Community Association, on Saturday 29th September (2018) at Brookvale Village Hall (RG21 7RP) from midday until 4 pm – see

It’s free, and there are tea and cakes too.  But the main reason to go is to see what you can do to decrease plastic pollution.

For directions to the hall (on Lower Brook Street) go to

Green Week Community Networking Evening

BTN and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council invite you to the Green Week Community Network Evening on Tuesday 25th September (2018) at 6.30 pm at the Civic Offices on London Road (RG21 4AH).  We have speakers about protecting the whole environment, focusing on the “elements”, land, air and water, and you or your group can join in discussing how we can work together to achieve this.


The Circular Economy – Café Scientifique special for Green Week!

Basingstoke Green Week is coming!

Basingstoke Green Week is this September, starting on Saturday 22nd with stalls in Castle Square, The Malls, and with many highlights including Brookvale Sustainability Day on Saturday 29th at Brookvale Village Hall (12 noon to 4 pm).

Get all the details from the GREENWEEK-fullprogramme brochure!

Or bookmark

Repair Cafe at Green Week

We are holding a Repair Cafe (  during Green Week at Basingstoke Makerspace, Maritime House, 65 New Road RG21 7PW on Sunday 23rd September from 12 noon to 4 pm.  See the brochure for details; but just now we need REPAIRERS!  So:

Are you good and fixing stuff?

Are you keen to keep things out of landfill?

Makerspace are hosting an open evening Tuesday 11th September 7– 9pm to find repairers.  Please come!  or contact Makerspace at, saying you are interested in the Repair Cafe.

 We’d love help in the following areas:









If you have any skills in these or similar areas and would like to join our band of repairers, please just come along to this meeting or contact us at secretary(at) (no hyphens).

Green Week stall volunteers wanted Sat 22/9

Basingstoke Green Week is 22nd-29th September 2018 and we have a good programme of events shaping up – watch this space for details!

As usual there will be stalls in Castle Square, The Malls, central Basingstoke (opposite the railway station) on Saturday 22nd September from 10 am until 4 pm.  We are looking for volunteers to help staff the BTN stall.  We will have some brochures and maybe some bananas to hand out, and our aim is to have conversations with the passers-by about green and Transition issues and encourage them to attend the Green Week activities during the week.

We will be setting up from about 8.30 am and packing up between 4 and 5 pm but any time you can spare would be good, particularly at lunchtime (1 pm).

Contact BTN Secretary (secretary AT with offers/queries.

Looking forward to seeing you there!



Mon 21st May – “Air Pollution, Particulates and Health”

“Air Pollution, Particulates and Health” is the title of a talk to be given to Basingstoke Café Scientifique by Dr Matthew Loxham, a Fellow in Respiratory Biology and Air Pollution Toxicology at the University of Southampton.

He is coming to talk to us on Monday 21st May at the Tea Bar, London Street, Basingstoke 7.30 pm.  This is the latest CafeSci/BTN collaboration to bring you talks relevant to a sustainable future in Basingstoke.  BTN has invited local Councillors to attend this meeting to get useful background information for the Local Plan, Manydown and Horizon 2050 (three local planning projects on which BTN has engaged with the Council).

BTN will have a social meeting at 6.30 pm at the back of the Tea Bar (underneath the big TV screen).  Look out for us there!

CafeSci information is on its Meetup page at