Archive for May, 2011

Cutting carbon begins at home

May 31st, 2011

The current government promised to be the “greenest government ever”, but the UK’s carbon emissions are still too high, risking catastrophic climate change. However, many people don’t realise that 80% of emissions are as a result of local activity. We talk a lot about government action, but it’s time to bring the discussion closer to home.

Friends of the Earth, with the help of their partners in the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, have been organising meetings all over the country where people can meet their elected representatives and discuss local action to cut emissions. The meetings have been timed to happen while the Energy Bill, the first significant piece of green legislation to come from the current government, makes its way through Parliament.

Picture of the room at the Corn Exchange filled with people

The Witney meeting on 25th May

David Cameron declined to attend the Witney meeting on 25th May, but Councillor David Harvey took his place. As a town, district and county councillor, Cllr Harvey represents three levels of local government.

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TGiF – Know Your Onions

May 27th, 2011

Long Beach Cruisin. from The Fly on Vimeo.

Local Energy From Food Waste

May 25th, 2011

Green Officer’s visit to Agrivert’s anaerobic digester at Cassington on Thu 3rd March 2011

The 6 month old facility is on the edge of existing gravel pits and is run by 3 operators and supporting staff. It’s one of 5 commercial sized digesters in Britain.

The 2 products of the anaerobic digester are:

  • Digestate/ liquid agricultural no odour fertiliser which is rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur which is used on their own farm and by farmers in the local area and produces enough to cover 3,000 hectares. They don’t process the digestate to turn it into a liquid and solid as this is energy intensive so the carbon emissions in producing this fertiliser are much less than other fertilisers.
  • Methane or biogas gas (4.5 million cubed units a year) used to turn turbines to generate electricity in the 2.1 MegaWatt plant. 11% of the electricity is used to power the plant and the engines, the rest is fed into the national grid to power 4,500 homes.

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Greenest Government Ever? – Corn Exchange

May 20th, 2011

TGiF – Latin Lovers

May 20th, 2011

Facto Delafe y Las Flores Azules “Mar el poder del mar” from Jaume Montané on Vimeo.

TGiF – Eurovision Bicycle Beauty

May 13th, 2011

Pesky Pest Protection

May 12th, 2011

Here’s the first version of my Brassica Cage. It’s based on Brenda’s description from March’s Edible Gardens meeting – a frame of tennis balls from the pound shop and bamboo canes.

I didn’t go for the scaffold netting on ebay that Andy recommended in the end. It’s a lot cheaper but I wanted a width quite a bit greater than 2m to match the 4ft canes. So instead I splashed out on a roll of 3.6m Enviromesh which is just about ideal.

I’m looking forward to getting a decent helping of calabrese this year – ahead of the pigeons and the caterpillars for a change 😮

The Green Cafe – Corn Exchange

May 10th, 2011

Cogges Volunteer Open Day

May 9th, 2011

TGiF – A Picnic Made For Two

May 6th, 2011

The Mistress from Mistress on Vimeo.

Making Your Mark

May 3rd, 2011

It took a while. It’s been going for about five years now, but the BUG eventually got an account, sending the first tweet in February. Sustainable Witney have an account too which is generally used to publish posts.

Depending on how many people or things you choose to follow, you get a relatively constant stream of twitterings of 140 characters or less on all sorts of topics throughout the day – should you need it.

Two that came in to my own account one after the other this morning caused the Mr Angry cogs to engage.

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