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Write to your MP – plastic legislation

Friends of the Earth have produced a Plastic Pollution Bill to phase out plastics. It forms effective legislation to ensure the phasing out of plastic pollution, ensuring three commitments: Now: Begin phasing out unneeded plastics, making exceptions for essential uses such as in medicine and those vital to the quality of life of disabled people. ASAP: End pollution from hard-to-replace plastics (like from car tyres, clothing etc). Aim for near zero plastic pollution by 2042. The first action to take is to sign Friends of the Earth’s petition and use their template letter to write to the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, asking him to support the Plastic Pollution Bill. The second action is to write to your local MP. We have a template letter that you can cut and paste. If you’re not sure who the MP for your area is, please use this search tool. For South Swindon residents,[…]

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Green Drinks – Town – March 2019

7-9pm Tuesday 12th March at The Roaring Donkey, 6 Albert Street, Swindon, SN1 3HJ. Our monthly social. Plenty of local activity to talk about:– April is to see the opening of the new zero waste shop in Old Town.  Some of those involved in its organisation will be at Green Drinks.  More info coming soon…– The Ecobricks Swindon group has had a couple of meetings.  A demonstration was given at the recent zero waste shop meeting.  Ecobricks are a positive way that communities can deal with non-degradable plastics.– SCAN have aspirations for the town with regards to energy conservation.  We were recently in Penhill with the Centre For Sustainable Energy giving energy advice and discussing how to get an initiative off the ground.– And much more… We are a friendly bunch. Hope to see you.  Or, if you prefer, please come along to Penhill Green Drinks.

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Sustainable Choices Event

‘Hi,I’m Kate, the creator/author of Sustainable Choices. I only made the decision last June to stop being lazy and start thinking a bit harder about ways our family could be less wasteful and more conscious about our impact on the environment.I want people to understand that this event was started because I found the research into ways I could change some of our living habits quite time consuming. I felt that was a problem. How will more people learn about all this ‘eco-stuff’ if they aren’t even looking. My household is by no means zero waste. At this stage I don’t think that is possible for us but I do care enough to want to try. What I started to do was to find a network of people who can offer those alternatives and the information I needed. As I began to do that, I decided it would be great[…]

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Pinehurst Litter Picks with RSPCA North Wiltshire

We launched Plastic Free Swindon with a litter pick jointly organised with RSPCA North Wiltshire. Since then, it has gone on to become a regular event. Around once a month, we spend three hours cleaning around Pinehurst. And there is a lot to clean up. Much of the rubbish has been there for years due to the lack of degradation of materials such as plastic. With council funding being removed by central government, there are less funds allocated towards keeping our communities clean. So we are taking responsibility and encouraging others to do the same. Looking after our environment is important for the well-being of animals and ourselves. RSPCA North Wiltshire understand this well from their work. SCAN are pleased to be working with the RSPCA towards common goals. We are / have been joined by other local groups such as Swindon Street Reps and Shine Pinehurst. Please join us,[…]

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Penhill Green Drinks – March 2019

Tuesday 5th March, 7-9pm at The Deer’s Leap pub, 141 Penhill Drive, Swindon, SN2 5DX. We were pleased to head to the newly managed and renovated Deer’s Leap pub for our new monthly social, Penhill Green Drinks.  It was well turned out and a vibrant evening with people, some cross-pollination at the home of the Beez Roadzz. Penhill is rich in community environmental projects and groups such as The Bee Roadzz Swindon, Penhill Haven, Swindon Street Reps, and Powering Up Penhill, an energy conservation project with collaboration by The Centre For Sustainable Energy and SCAN.  And, April sees the launch of Naturehood in Penhill, a project by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.  In addition, there are lots of cool local projects to Swindon such as TWIGS, the Zero Waste Initiative, Swindon Cycle Campaign, Plastic Free Swindon and Hreod Burna Urban Forest. Penhill Green Drinks is the first Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm,[…]

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Pinehurst Litter Pick – Feb 2019

1:30 – 4pm, Sunday 17th February 2019. SCAN and RSPCA North Wilts were in Pinehurst again for the second litter pick there this year in what is to be a regular event, roughly each month. We cleaned again around some of the estates and woodland areas. At the end of the litter pick, we sort through the rubbish to recycle what we can. It’s a nice way to spend a Sunday, very rewarding. RSPCA North Wiltshire wrote this article for us about their work and the importance of reducing litter for the well-being of animals.  Further information can be found on their website and Facebook page. This event is part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign.

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Pinehurst Litter Pick – January 2019

6th January 2019. We started 2019 as we intend to go on, with positive action. Three community organisations, RSPCA North Wiltshire, Swindon Street Reps and Swindon Climate Action Network, worked together to clear up litter as part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign. There is rubbish all over Swindon, it’s so unnecessary. It injures animals, looks horrible and much of it needn’t have been made in the first place. Thanks to all involved for doing such an excellent job of clearing estate and woodland areas in Pinehurst. At the end of the litter pick, we sorted out the rubbish for recycling. Good job. The combination of community groups worked well and we intend to continue working together to brighten up Swindon for all. More litter picks to come… This event was covered in an article by the Swindon Advertiser.

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Climate Cafe – ‘Powering Up’

We heard from Ellie Stevens of the Centre for Sustainable Energy on their ‘Powering Up!’ project which looks at Building Energy Resilience in low income communities. “What happens to low-income households whose energy bills suddenly increase? When energy prices rise dramatically or families experience a change in circumstances such as an elderly relative living at home? And how can such households and their neighbourhoods be supported to become more ‘energy resilient’? These are questions that the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is exploring through its Powering Up! project, working in three low-income communities – Penhill in Swindon, Druffyn in Newport and Hamp in Bridgwater.  “We don’t want any community to be left behind – community energy can have huge social and financial benefits; it can bring people with common concerns together, generate income towards other projects and lift people out of fuel poverty. Through this project we are applying community[…]

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