Archive for June, 2013

Green Deal Talk, The Fleece

June 9th, 2013

PD1210_49_1_BWant to future proof your home against higher energy bills? Here’s an incentive to think about it now rather than later; there’s still time to have your home assessed for FREE – it’s set to cost £150 from July.

Come and find out more at The Fleece, 7:30pm on Thursday 13th June where Green Deal Advisor Jackie Williams will be giving a short talk to explain the benefits and the drawbacks of the Green Deal to Witney residents.

Is there an offer or a grant you don’t know about? Come and find out.

 

 

Green Deal Talk

June 9th, 2013

PD1210_49_1_BWant to future proof your home against higher energy bills? Here’s an incentive to think about it now rather than later; there’s still time to have your home assessed for FREE – it’s set to cost £150 from July.

Come and find out more at The Fleece, 7:30pm on Thursday 13th June where Green Deal Advisor Jackie Williams will be giving a short talk to explain the benefits and the drawbacks of the Green Deal to Witney residents.

Is there an offer or a grant you don’t know about? Come and find out.

 

 

Edible Gardens June meeting: this Thursday

June 9th, 2013

Edible Gardens are meeting this Thursday, 13 June, 1.30-3.00pm, in the coffee bar at the Methodist church. They’ll be discussing the recent success of their planting vegetable around Witney town centre (see the Witney Gazette article here!) And if you’ve any spare plants for the raised beds – for example, some members have mentioned sorrel and cabbages – then do bring them along!

Touring

June 7th, 2013

Back to Earth from El Zumpango on Vimeo.

Words & Numbers

June 6th, 2013

TinTinThis week the ‘greenest government ever‘ voted down an amendment to include a 2030 decarbonisation target in the Energy Bill. This was despite its own Tim Yeo tabling the amendment and that touchstone for environmental thinking among zillionaires, Zac Goldsmith, voting in favour.

It seems targets, like statistics, can be misused. While other numbers, like this unhelpful 3 digit offender lurking within 400ppm, can be safely ignored.

Sigh

I’d intended to take a look at just what the phrase ‘greenest government ever’ actually meant alongside a new power to veto windfarms. I was going to draw a witty parallel between Europe interfering in the affairs of a certain member state and Britain blocking Italy’s ban on plastic bags. I’d lined up a seamless segue into tonight’s Beecause talk in the Fleece by way of said member state opposing a ban on harmful pesticides based on crap science. But what’s the point?

If words don’t mean what they say and numbers can’t be used to measure them what’s the point in writing them down?

Yesterday was World Environment Day.

Bee Cause meeting and committee meeting this Thursday

June 3rd, 2013

This is a quick reminder that Sustainable Witney is hosting a Bee Cause meeting this Thursday 6 June, at the Fleece on Church Green. Guest speakers from Friends of the Earth will discuss the campaign and what we can do to help bee populations.

Bee Cause starts promptly at 7pm so please get there in good time. There’ll be a committee meeting beforehand from 6pm, to which all interested parties are welcome!

Constitutional changes help support aims: ours, and funders

June 3rd, 2013

A few small but important changes to the Sustainable Witney constitution were voted in unanimously at the previous general meeting on April 4.

It might surprise some members to hear that we even have a constitution! But any organization like ours, especially if they want to ensure their practices are fair and above board (and especially if they hope to attract funding), should adopt some kind of constitution.

» Read more: Constitutional changes help support aims: ours, and funders

Using a Bike for Short Journeys: Part 1

June 2nd, 2013

SafetyBicycleConvenience. That’s the key.

It’s convenience, or rather the lack of it, that explains why someone who regularly does a 60 mile ride at the weekend, or commutes 15 miles each way to work all week, will choose to jump in the car to pop into town. Sounds absurd on the face it, surely a journey of 1 or 2 miles is easier than slogging your way over the Cotswolds? And of course it is, if you ignore all the phaffing around that goes with it.

» Read more: Using a Bike for Short Journeys: Part 1