Last weekend, after a couple of weather-related false starts, a group of volunteers completed work on the new community orchard that has been planted in War Memorial Park, right in the centre of Basingstoke. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the work of the dedicated people at Incredible Edible North Hampshire. The orchard is sure to become a source of enjoyment for many people in the community in the years to come.
The trees may have been successfully planted in the ground, but this project doesn’t stop here. Right from the start, this orchard has been planned to act as an educational aid and as an inspiration to as many people as possible. Continue reading
The local Café Scientifique group have invited yet another highly respected speaker to provide a fascinating insight into one of the biggest technical challenges we face as a society. If the last few events are anything to go by, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about issues around oil dependence and get answers to any questions you might have about peak oil.
“Across the world, 30 billion barrels of crude-oil are produced each year, not only for fuel but to make practically all products ranging from plastics to pharmaceuticals. Nearly all of our food also depends entirely on oil. However, world oil production is set to decline within 5 years. If we continue as we are, Western-civilization will collapse, and our salvation requires a re-adaptation of how we live, from the global to the local; to a world of small communities far less dependent on transportation. Technology will not save us, unless we cut our energy use and particularly our demand for oil.” Continue reading
Spring is in the air, and Basingstoke is coming alive. Next saturday, gatherings of people all around the world will be celebrating Earth Hour – 60 minutes from 8.30pm to 9.30pm when lightbulbs will be dimmed, electrical appliances switched off, and time will be set aside to think about how we can take action on climate change, together.
To celebrate Earth Hour 2013, the Smart Future Centre team is inviting people from all over the Basingstoke area to switch off together with good food and good company. Bring a friendly smile and a dish to share with your neighbours for the ‘Do It In the Dark’ Pot Luck Supper. Continue reading
Incredible Edible North Hampshire has secured a grant through Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council to fund the creation of a Community Orchard in the Basingstoke War Memorial Park, as recently featured in the Basingstoke Gazette.
The Community Orchard is being planted right in the heart of the town, and come harvest time will provide a rich selection of freshly-picked fruit for the benefit of the local community every year. Continue reading
Chasing Ice is a newly released documentary that looks at the impact climate is having on our world. A screening of this amazing film has been organised at the Intech Science Centre near Winchester on Saturday 9th March, jointly sponsored by Solar PV Partners, Basingstoke Energy Services Co-operative, and Winchester Action on Climate Change.
Over the last few weeks, the global media have been reporting on a remarkable multi-award winning film, called Chasing Ice. The film uses time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers, producing beautiful videos that capture ancient mountains of ice in motion. The media have billed it an amazing adventure and life changing journey to discover the truth. It is undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Continue reading