Eco Fest 2018

This year Eco Fest will be held on 22 April 2018, to coincide with Earth Day! As in 2016, the event will be organised by Swindon Climate Action Network (SCAN) and Eastcott Community Organisation, and will be a day of inspiration and information – all with an eco theme! We are delighted that this event is supported by Innogy and WeSET. The Eco Fest is shaping up to be a brilliant event, with a full line-up of stalls, talks,locally sourced food & drink, and more! Eco Fest 2018 is on 22 April 2018, from 11 am to 5 pm, with a great line-up of stuff to see and do throughout the day.  We’ll be sharing news of the participants and activities soon, so please keep popping back for updates.  

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Free Film Showing – ‘In Our Hands’

The seeds of a better food system. In Our Hands explores a quiet revolution that is transforming the way our food is produced and distributed. Our current industrial food system is a vast and wheezing giant that is only upheld by a stilted subsidy regime that pays out to landowners and leaves many farmers by the wayside. But from the hedge-rows and by-roads, the fields and furrows can now be heard the stirring of change! Stories from the global South have inspired farmers and food workers in our snug little island, with the idea of food sovereignty and a global movement to take back control of the food system. From the grazier reviving the art of pasture, to the grower erecting a poly-tunnel in the heart of East London or the farmer saving a handful of ancient grain, a new agricultural landscape is emerging. Here rural traditions meet modern innovations[…]

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Letter Writing

As part of on-going campaign work, SCAN keeps in touch with our local MPs, and sometimes other decision-makers, to ensure that the subject of climate change remains on their ‘radar’. We held a letter-writing workshop in the run up to the last General Election and sent these to each of the candidates standing for election.  Further workshops will be announced and will be open to anyone who would like to write to their MP on sustainability or climate change issues. They are a great opportunity to share knowledge about the current key sustainability issues and to get help with facts or format for your letter. Please let us know if there is a pressing issue that you think we should address, either by email – or by coming along to one of our meetings, Green Drinks or other events.

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Want to work with SCAN on one of our priority issues?

Our Network Mapper, Jo, has been working hard to identify other groups in Swindon with whom SCAN could collaborate on the 3 key issues we plan to focus on this year – those of Home Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Transport, and Sustainable Food. Her sterling work has already raised a number of possibilities – but if you are an individual or member of a group which has an interest in any of the above three areas we’d love to hear from you so do please get in touch by email or via the facebook page.

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Swindon Climate Cafe – Healthy Homes

The third in the Climate Cafe series took place place on Monday 29th January 2018 at Darkroom Espresso. This demo, talk and Q&A explored the Healthy Homes project, which has been a collaboration between Passive House expert Mike Neate, SCAN and others. The audience heard how to prevent heat leaks in your home by improving it’s air-tightness on a budget. And had the chance to ask Mike any questions they had on how to improve the energy flow within their homes. The Swindon Climate Cafes are a series of free talks and workshops focusing on all things ‘eco’ and environment, from the science, to the very hands on and practical. We hope you’ll join us for the next one!

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We’re Moving!

Welcome to our new home on the web. We’re moving from the old site at www.swindonclimate.org.uk to the snazzier, shorter and much, much, easier to remember www.swindonclimate.org. OK, not a huge difference to the address but there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes, and we hope that you like the new look. We hope to be bringing you plenty of fresh, new content to go with the redesign, so watch this space. If you’d like to get involved by contributing an article, please do get in touch!

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Free film showing – ‘Vegucated’

SCAN organised a showing of Vegucated at The Victoria 12th February, 2018. Vegucated is an award-winning, guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. There’s Brian, the bacon-loving bachelor who eats out all the time, Ellen, the single mom who prefers comedy to cooking, and Tesla, the college student who avoids vegetables and bans beans. They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the fate of the world may fall on their plates. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their conviction carry them when[…]

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Reduce the meat you eat!

Rather than growing food to feed to animals, so that we can then eat the animals, wouldn’t it be more efficient to cut out the middleman, growing food and then eating it ourselves? Industrialised meat production is responsible for devastating deforestation in the developing world to make way for animal feed crops. We need those forests to recycle the  CO2 we produce and keep the carbon cycle working, and to maintain the biodiversity still being discovered in the areas which haven’t been turned over to monoculture or abandoned as deserts yet. For more information about this, read Planet on a Plate (free PDF), an excellent introduction to the problems wrought by the traditional Western meat-based diet, and the increasing role that factory farms play in exacerbating an already dangerous situation. The production of large numbers of farmed animals under incredibly cruel circumstances has lead to air and water pollution, a huge[…]

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What is a Carbon Footprint ?

Carbon Dioxide, or CO2, is a greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change. It is produced when anything containing carbon is burned, such as coal, natural gas, petrol and other oil derivatives. In order to avoid climate change, we need to reduce the amount of CO2 we produce, both directly and indirectly. Although some suggest that all we need to do is implement some technical fixes for climate change and carry on as normal (see Climate Engineering: A critical review of proposals, their scientific and political context, and possible impacts), the only long-term solution is to cut our CO2 emissions. The average person in the UK produces around 11 tonnes of CO2 a year.  Many climate scientists believe that we must try and reduce this to around 2.5 tonnes a year if we are going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Your carbon footprint is a measure of how[…]

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SCAN Needs You!

Amid the recent flurry of activity we’re once again in need of some help with our meeting notes – if you can spare a couple of hours every month (or even every other month) to capture the notes during our monthly meets, we would love to hear from you! Many thanks 🙂

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