SUSTAINABLE BRAMPTON SEP 20 NEWS
We are a community organisation committed to minimising our impact on the environment, promoting local food production and local businesses and building a stronger community through practical activities and campaigning.
Here are some issues to hopefully excite and sustain you through these turbulent times. Anything that is underlined contains a link to the source information …enjoy!
HOW TO SAVE BRITISH FARMING AND THE COUNTRYSIDE
Here is a short insightful essay on the future of farming and the countryside by a well-known Lakeland fell farmer. Click here James Rebanks. if you agree that UK food standards are vital to maintain after BREXIT you are invited to sign this petition organised by the NFU here https://www.nfuonline.com/news/latest-news/food-standards-petition/
LEAN LOGIC - A DICTIONARY FOR THE FUTURE AND HOW TO SURVIVE IT
Our economy and society depend on a lot of things working right, all the time: cheap and reliable flows of energy, a stable climate, fertile soils, abundant fresh water, productive oceans, an intact, diverse ecology, high levels of employment and a cohesive culture. These are all in trouble.
David Fleming suggests that four kinds of response are possible: Growth, Continuity, Descent and Collapse. Lean Logic is all about Descent which represents the reality of the present and hope for the future.
Intrigued? I invite you to read the foreword to Lean Logic here (https://leanlogic.online/foreword/) by Jonathan Porritt before tackling David Fleming’s introduction. You will then be ready to explore the dictionary at your leisure!
WHAT MAKES A COMMUNITY RESILIENT?
What-makes-community-resilient is an interesting study by Stanford Graduate Business School which concludes that the most resilient communities appear to be those with a wide variety of deeply rooted co-operative organisations, often made up of such volunteers as doctors, educators, and religious leaders. Those build resilience into the social system and when those organisations are diverse, the community then has sufficient capacity to solve long-term problems.
SUPPORTING FAIRTRADE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Did you realise that Kitkat bars will no longer be manufactured by Nesle using Fairtrade chocolate? See article here nestles-kitkat-will-stop-being-fairtrade
This development will have a significant impact on Fairtrade cocoa and sugar farmers who depend on the guaranteed minimum price offered through Fairtrade.
The best way of influencing big producers like Nestlé is to consciously try to only buy fairtrade marked confectionary. Every little helps!
BUILDING RESILIENCE INTO OUR FOOD SYSTEMS
One of the consequences of the covid pandemic was that the Nation’s dependence on highly complex global food chains soon began to look fragile. This thoughtful article makes the case for the re-building of local food networks such as Farmers’ Markets that can provide a more reliable supply of good food, particularly in times of crisis. See sustainablefoodtrust.org/building-resilience-into-our-food-systems/.
CARLISLE CITY COUNCIL CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY
A public consultation on Carlisle City Council’s climate change strategy is currently underway and finishes on Friday 18 September 2020. It sets out how the Council proposes to tackle future environmental issues. An issue that supporters are encouraged to comment on is the creation of a citizens’ jury to enable ordinary people to be given a genuine voice in the debate. The bulk of the Council’s strategy concerns changing individual behaviours which are unlikely to be sufficient in themselves to achieve the Government’s emissions targets. In our view more radical systemic changes may also be required.
All information, including a link to the online consultation, is available at www.carlisle.gov.uk/climatechange and you are also invited to complete the online survey at www.carlisle.gov.uk/climatechange. Responses may also be sent by email to email@example.com. Please put ‘Local Environment (Climate Change) Strategy Consultation’ as the subject.
THE BICYCLE MAYOR OF CUMBRIA
The Bicycle Mayor of Cumbria is a Facebook support group at https://www.facebook.com/groups which has pledged to fight to make travel by bike safe and accessible to everyone.
Join this support group using the link below if you believe that using your bike for short everyday journeys is key to making our towns and countryside better places to spend time and making ourselves and our planet healthier.
SUPPORTING SMALL ORGANISATIONS
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of supporting small local organisations in achieving community resilience. Easy ways of doing this include:
THE CARBON LITERACY PROJECT
The Carbon Literacy Project contains a wealth of information that will be useful to anyone concerned about how best to respond to the effects of climate change. You can discover more about the project here: https://carbonliteracy.com/individual/
REFILL HADRIAN’S WALL CAMPAIGN
Refill Hadrian’s wall is a joint campaign with other local sustainability groups to persuade businesses along the length of Hadrian’s Wall to offer to refill visitors’ water bottles rather than sell them single use plastic bottles. The pandemic has slowed progress but you can read more about some new refill initiatives by City to Sea that are about to start. See https://www.citytosea.org.uk/reusables-during-covid/
ZERO CARBON CUMBRIA
Good news! A few weeks ago the National Lottery awarded Cumbria Action for Sustainability (link; cafs) a grant of £2.5 million to fund an exciting five-year programme to tackle the causes of climate change in partnership with 68 organisations from many walks of life in Cumbria, including Sustainable Brampton. See cafs.org.uk/meet-the-zero-carbon-cumbria-partnership/
- shopping for your essential food and medical purchases at your local bakery, greengrocers, or community shop
- Purchasing ahead for services you know you’ll use in the future (e.g. at your local hairdressers)
- Buying a membership or gift card for a local business
- Buying presents and gifts for others in advance of needing them.
- Donating directly to support community and not-for-profit organisations and charities, and Gift-Aiding your donations
Working together as the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership, our joint goal is to make Cumbria the first genuinely carbon-neutral county in the UK, in a way that benefits communities and is led by them.
The programme starts in January 2021 and there will be many opportunities for volunteers to become involved. Watch this space and in the meantime do let me know if you would like to offer help of any sort.
CHARGE MY STREET (ON-STREET EV CHARGING IN CUMBRIA)
Many congratulations to ‘Charge My Street’ who have raised £130,000 from over 60 investors! Charge My Street will use the finance to facilitate the uptake of electric vehicles through the installation of 100 community-owned charge points across Cumbria & Lancashire. Take a look at the many other products currently listed on the Ethex website here.
THE BEE GARDEN
The Bee Garden is a small plot just outside Brampton Community Centre which would greatly benefit from having someone to keep it looking loved. Enquiries to Eileen Norman on firstname.lastname@example.org
CARLISLE WORLD SHOP
The Carlisle World Shop which sells all Fairtrade products re-opened in July with reduced opening hours Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 2 pm. https://www.carlisleworldshop.co.uk/
WARWICK BRIDGE CORN MILL
The share offer (see warwickbridgecornmill/documents) remains open to anyone wishing to support this beautifully restored community owned corn mill which is now selling its products in local outlets such as the Hallbankgate Hub, Steve Wilsons Butchers in Corby Hill, Wetheral Stores, Susan’s Farm at The Croft Houghton and The Half Moon in Brampton as well as some Farmers’ markets.
BRAMPTON FARMERS’ MARKET TRADERS
Many local Farmers’ Markets are going from strength to strength now they can trade again. The September market in Brampton will see the return of the popular ‘Give and Take’ stall for the first time since lockdown began in March. Anyone can take anything for free. Alternatively you can leave objects at the stall and give someone else a welcome windfall.
Even if you attend the market you can always order food and other goods online from the following regular market traders listed here https://www.facebook.com/BramptonFarmersMarket/
ONLINE BRAMPTON CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE
17 Sep ‘Brampton’s Cool Technology for a Warming Planet’ by Jonathan Steven
This talk by zoom will include the technical background to cooling storage technology which was first successfully proved as a concept in Brampton and which is now being developed to the commercial prototype stage. Enquiries to email@example.com
24 Sep ‘The Geology of Venus’ by Steve Rozario
Venus is remarkably similar in size, weight and likely initial composition to Earth, although a ‘runaway greenhouse’ effect in the past has left it with a hellishly hot, dense and poisonous atmosphere and very little water. This zoom talk will compare the geological processes on Venus with those on Earth. Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let me know if you would like more information or if you have something for the next mailing. The newsletter currently has 475 subscribers.
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Tim Coombe Chair Sustainable Brampton