BEIS climate emissions analysis

The government produces an annual analysis of climate change emissions, but the final report is not done until a year or two after the reporting year, so the latest full analysis available is for 2017 emissions. There has been some further progress in reductions particularly due to offshore wind coming onstream. The chart shows a very simple summary of the largest emissions sectors. The numbers are from table 5 in this report that explains further: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/776085/2017_Final_emissions_statistics_-_report.pdf The first thing to note is that this just accounts for emissions that happen in the UK, and does not count those that are accounted for overseas due to things we import – particularly meat/dairy, animal fodder and biomass (wood and palm oil etc), which have a major impact due to deforrestation, for example in South America. Most of the UK emissions come from burning fossil fuels, either for transport (27%), electricity generation (24%),[…]

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Effects of temperature rise on Swindon

The BBC recently produced a report on increasing temperatures in towns and cities with predictions up to 2100, and it included Swindon, see here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-985b9374-596e-4ae6-aa04-7fbcae4cb7ee . However it does not elaborate on what that would mean for us, so here are some thoughts. Seemingly small increases in average temperatures over a relatively short timescale would cause huge problems even for places like Swindon, which would not likely be directly affected by sea level rise. London, Bristol and all our coastal towns and cities would be directly affected by substantial sea level rise, causing displacement of people worse than after world war 2 and making Swindon a destination for refugees from these cities within the UK let alone from other countries that would feel the effects of global warming more directly. Increases in extreme weather, both heat in summer and cold in winter, would put pressure on our food supply and[…]

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Swindon Earth Strike – Global Day of Action

12:30pm, September 20th 2019 – Meeting outside Morrisons in Regent Circus, SN1. There is a global climate strike from the 20-27th September 2019, aka Earth Strike. People in Swindon will be joining in with planned actions. This from the local Earth Strike organisers: ‘On Friday 20th of September, hundreds of thousand of people will be downing tools across the world to demand immediate action on climate change! So far, 6000 people have registered events in over 150 countries, and Swindon is getting involved! Earth Strike can be a day that makes history, but we need your help. Young people have been leading the fight against climate change for the last year with a series of massive school and college strikes for climate. Now, they are asking the rest of us to get involved! September the 20th will mark the start of a week of global strikes and demonstrations which will[…]

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Ecobricks in Swindon

What is an ecobrick and why is it important? ‘An Ecobrick is a reusable building block created by packing clean and dry used plastic into a plastic bottle to a set density.   Ecobricks enable us to take personal responsibility for our plastic’ ‘When we save, segregate and pack plastics into bottles, we can make building blocks that can be reused over and over again. Together we can build green spaces that enrich our community and remove plastic from the biosphere.  Together we can transition from plastic to ever greener harmony with Earth’s cycles.’ Ecobricks are a way to deal with some of the vast amounts of plastic pollution out there. It is important to understand that this is not ideal in the long-term and that, for many reasons, we need to be moving towards zero waste. Projects encourage community collaboration, teach about plastic pollution and show how difficult plastic is[…]

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Plastic Free July 2019

‘Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?’ Plastic Free July is a good way to try and go plastic-free. It’s a very useful exercise and enlightening to the extent of plastic use around us. Reduce the demand, reduce the supply, reduce the pollution. It’s an important aspect towards making the changes that we need. Some local people who took the challenge last year wrote blogs to share their experiences, and to help and encourage others. Helpful Facebook groups such as the Plastic Free Living Swindon, Refill Swindon, Ecobricks Swindon and Let’s fight Plastic Pollution! Together! have been doing what they can to help encourage and facilitate change. For Plastic Free July this[…]

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Nude Foods in The Core, and next steps for Swindon Zero Waste Initiative.

The following was released by the Swindon Zero Waste Initiaitve on the 28th May 2019: ‘Our zero-waste shop, Nude Foods, has now been open for 6 weeks. Thanks to all who have come to shop and support us so far. If you haven’t tried us yet, please do. We hope to see you soon! In realising our project, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Kris Talikowski, the owner of The Core. Allowing us a free space in his Juice Bar has meant the difference between reality and just a dream! If you visit our shop, please do consider partaking of some of the wonderful healthy juices and snacks available at The Core. Well worth a try and a nice way to show our thanks for the support! Also, a huge thank you and appreciation to all our fantastic volunteers. We wouldn’t be here without you. Please do keep[…]

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‘My Town, My World’

Sustainability and Community Art Project and Workshop *Update – The mural is complete. Article to follow shortly. As part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign, SCAN have been working with Artsite, InSwindon BID and local businesses to produce a town centre mural and to run a one-day workshop. The town centre is in much need of regeneration. This project is about hope, community, creativity and sustainability. It is designed to reinvigorate community art in the town centre and provide a positive space with activities and information. Thanks to InSwindon BID for funding the project and helping to organise these events. Two muralists have been chosen have been chosen to create the mural on Regent Street in town:Martin Travers is an experienced muralist who grew up in Swindon. He ‘travels the world painting murals and working on community arts projects’. Martin will be mentoring local muralist Peter Cowdy who has done[…]

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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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The Time Is Now – collective lobbying event at Parliament

The climate crisis has become more prolific in the news recently aided by the Extinction Rebellion protests. These were followed by the publication of the UK Committee on Climate Change report – which proposed net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 – and the UN’s assessment of how quickly we are losing natural ecosystems on which we all depend. You can read more in these articles by the Committee on Climate Change and the UN. According to both sources, ‘transformative changes’ are urgently needed. Those changes are possible but we need everyone to play their part, including governments around the world. So here’s one thing we can all do: ask our MP to support the proposals of the Committee on Climate Change for a zero carbon UK. On 26th June some of us will be going to Westminster to meet our MPs. Do join us! You can register through the[…]

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