A conference for local climate action groups on Saturday 16th November 2019 at the Institute of Education, University College, London.
Booking via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/75109122407
It is, apparently, free.
Basingstoke Green Week 2019, brought to you by BTN, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and partners, has an exciting programme starting on Saturday 21st September with stalls in Castle Square, The Malls, and ending on Monday evening 30th September with Cafe Scientifique, “Treatment for an enlarged carbon footprint” (7.30 pm, Tea Bar).
The programme is here: GreenWeekprogramme2019-10Mb.
A big highlight is Brookvale Sustainability Day, on the second Saturday, 28th September, at Brookvale Village Hall, Lower Brook Street RG21 7RP, starting at 12 noon, for which the flyer is at GW2019 Sat 28th Sep Sustainability Day V6.
And it’s time to think about leaving the car at home on Car-Free Day, Sunday, 22nd September – and give the flyer GW2019 Sun 22nd Sep Car Free Day V4 to your friends (btw if you are thinking of taking your car to London on that day, check https://londoncarfreeday.com/ ).
Finally, give some thought to One World Week which this year has the theme “Climate Changes Everything – Now is the Time to Act”, and runs from 20th to 27th October, a month after Green Week. Can you/your group/your class/your organisation do anything for it?
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is debating a Climate Emergency Motion at its full meeting on Thursday 18th July at 6.30 pm. This is a momentous occasion for Basingstoke Transition Network, but we need your support to encourage the Council not to water the motion down. Every Councillor needs to see that the public supports decisive action against climate change.
has details of the meeting. There are in fact THREE climate emergency motions, in order in the document: Labour, Conservative and Lib-Dem. Please (a) WRITE to your councillor (find them at:
(b) ATTEND on Thursday evening – you can just turn up – or, if you can’t make it, watch the webcast.
(c) While you’re at it, WRITE to your COUNTY councillor, because Hampshire County Council is also considering a Climate Change Emergency motion at its meeting on the morning of the very same day (Thursday 18th July, 10 am). Follow links from this page for more information:
Hampshire Climate Action Network and others are arranging a rally outside the Council offices in Winchester at 9.30 am.
Hampshire County Council is debating a “Climate Emergency” motion today (Friday 17th May 2019), and one is being considered for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. We suggested at the 23rd April hustings that concrete targets for such a motion should include:
Our 2019 AGM will take place at Market Chambers, Church Street (behind Willis Museum, opposite Camouflage Corner) (RG21 7QE) starting at 7 pm. Agenda and minutes of the 2018 meeting (to be approved by this meeting) are here and here. We will have a short talk on a subject of local interest after the AGM – details to be announced.
All BTN members, adherents and interested parties are invited to attend and to apply for office in one of BTN’s few formal roles (secretary, chair, treasurer).
Sheila Peacock, Secretary, Basingstoke Transition Network.
The questions we posed before the meeting are here
The main thing is to get the Council to act as if there’s a climate emergency, regardless of whether it declares one. Councillors agree that we need a Local Plan with TEETH – “must” and “shall”-type words; and an environmental impact assessment with every plan. They agreed to look at preventing “resistance heating” i.e. inefficient electric convectors or “electric fires” being built into new homes. See the other suggestions in our report.
BTN encourages its followers and everyone who is concerned about air pollution and the environment in Basingstoke to come to the hustings being organised by Basingstoke Clean Air Campaign, at Christ Church, Chineham (RG24 8LT) at 7 for 7.30 pm on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. http://basingstoketransition.org/flyers-for-bcac-hustings-23-april-2019
Labour and Lib-Dem Councillors have accepted the invitation to attend, and we are in conversation with representatives of the Conservative and Green parties. We have asked the representatives to give answers to the following questions:
Do come along; and if your local Council candidate comes to your doorstep before the elections on 2nd May, please ask them these questions, and send comments to BCAC on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/basingstokecleanair/
BTN posed a question to the 28th February sitting of Basingstoke Council:
how the Council will deliver its commitments on climate change without funding for a full-time equivalent Climate Change Officer? The post was until recently held by two job-sharers, but one has left and not been replaced. Full text of our query is here.
Councillor Hayley Eachus, portfolio holder for the environment, responded saying that climate change was embedded in the roles of many council officers, and that on our specific point about recycling, the waste disposal contractor had been working with the Council to increase recycling rates. We used the right of reply to ask specifically about Manydown, to which she responded in the same vein, that it was embedded in the Council’s interactions with the contractor.
Kirklees Council at its meeting on 16th January passed a motion declaring a “Climate Emergency”. Shouldn’t every Council be doing the same?