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‘My Town, My World’

Sustainable Community Art Project SCAN are working with Artsite, local artists and local businesses to produce a town centre mural. The town centre is in much need of regeneration. The project is designed to reinvigorate community art in the town centre and provide positive messages. SCAN will be working with Artsite and the chosen mural painters to incorporate important messages around sustainability. Funding for the project is from InSwindon BID. Creative workshops will be put on for people coming into the town centre to get involved in, based around art and issues of waste. Details tbc. The closing date for applicants is the 24th March 2019. If you would like to be involved and / or for further information, please see this Link magazine article.

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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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CHEESE at Penhill – Warm Homes project at the Community Cafe

Tuesday 26th February, 1-3pm at John Moulton Hall, Penhill Drive, Swindon SN2 5DU. The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) was at the Penhill community cafe to share the results of the CHEESE thermal image surveys taken from inside a couple of Penhill properties. The findings were discussed as well as ways to reduce fuel bills / conserve energy. Discussion was had as well about how to facilitate that for the local community. Draught-proofing is the most important and cost effective way to save energy in most houses – cold air leaking in through small cracks can replace the warm air in a room or house quite quickly. But finding where the cold air is coming in can be challenging. There is a lot more that can be done. Spreading information is a big part of the process of change. CHEESE (Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts) was started by someone I[…]

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Personal Actions In Context

This chart is a useful illustration to give a quantitative idea of the relative benefits of different personal life choices. Not everything is on there, and of course the relative importance of medium impact actions in an individual case depends on how much travel, energy and food consumed. However for an average household, most of the things that have the biggest effect on climate change and the attendant environmental degradation are represented. It is based on research at Lund University: for more detail see here: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-effective-individual-tackle-climate-discussed.html The main thing missing I think for a typical UK household is halving heat wasted in the home: but the ‘buying green energy’ bar gives an idea of the relative importance. It’s also important to note that ‘buying green energy’ means buying it from a supplier who only invests in green energy, not just using a ‘green tariff’ – see their full report for[…]

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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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Refill Swindon launched with a bang!

On the 2nd September, Refill Swindon launched at the Eastcott community centre Repair Café. With the help of Deputy Mayor, Cllr Kevin Parry, the scheme was officially welcomed to the town, encouraging a spike in interest as people got involved and spread the blue logo further across Swindon. Cllr Parry said “I’m fully supportive of this campaign and I was delighted to launch it. Anything we can do as a town to reduce plastic waste has got to be a positive step and it’ s really good I think to see small and national businesses coming out to support it. The less plastic we use, the less litter we’re going to create and that has to be a positive impact on the town centre.” Refill Swindon Coordinator, Hollie Snyder, with Cllr Kevin Parry cutting the ribbon to welcome the scheme to Swindon   With each household using an average of[…]

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‘No Plastic Bands’ – Swindon musicians support the plastic campaign

No Plastic Bands is a series of gigs supported by Swindon musicians who care for the environment, about the problems that plastic pollution are causing. The gigs are to raise awareness of plastic pollution and the Plastic Free Swindon campaign, to raise money for the campaign and to have an enjoyable night of music where people come together for the common good.  The launch was covered in this article by the Swindon Advertiser. We have had two gigs so far. The Castle welcomed us on the 27th July 2018 for the opening gig. An eclectic mix – Canute’s Plastic Army, Palm Rose and Frances The Farmer graced us with their music.  The second gig was kindly hosted by The Beehive on the 5th October 2018. This time, the music was along folky lines. S’Go, Talis Kimberley and The Bellflowers provided the excellent entertainment. Thanks so much to the performers and[…]

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2nd Pinehurst Litter Pick, with North Wilts RSPCA

On Sunday 28th October 2018, RSPCA North Wiltshire and Swindon Climate Action Network (SCAN) organised a second litter pick in Pinehurst as part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign.  Both organisations want to provide positive solutions to the problems that plastic waste causes.  A litter pick is a good way to do this: reducing litter and the harm it causes, reusing and recycling where possible, raising awareness of issues, bringing people together out of care, helping to make the local area nicer for all.   We had a good day. This article on the work of RSPCA North Wiltshire describes the harm that litter causes wildlife and why it is important to urgently address these problems. Please see our Facebook pages (RSPCA North WIlts’, SCAN page, SCAN group) for more information. Be the change…

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