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EVENTS AND ISSUES
3 JUL CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE TALK TONIGHT! Dr Sam Whitehouse of Lightox Ltd on his innovative light based cancer treatments. Sam's approach to treatment should be of interest to everyone. Tickets through www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/276965 or £5 on the door. Doors open 6.45pm.
4 JUL CARLISLE AIRPORT Border TV are presenting a programme about the opening of Carlisle airport to passenger flights if you want to become better informed about this controversial project.
5 JUL SUSTAINABLE FOOD TRUST – FARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE If you sign up to the Sustainable Food Trust (email@example.com) you can read fascinating articles in this month’s newsletter, ‘Millenial Veganism’, ‘Preference as the missing link in food policy’, ‘The rise of the micro-dairy’. Staff members are de-camping down this week-end to the annual conference on ‘Farming and Climate Change – towards net zero carbon emissions’ at which the great and the good will all be there – see farming and climate change - attendees.
5 JUL CLIMATE QUESTION TIME PENRITH As part of their 20th anniversary celebrations CAfS are organising a public climate question time event in Penrith. This is a unique chance to hear a high-profile panel answer questions about climate change from Cumbria's young people. The panel comprises:
* MPs Tim Farron, Sue Hayman and Rory Stewart representing the Liberal Democrats, Labour and Conservatives respectively
* Carlisle City Council's first-ever Green Party councillor Helen Davison
* Carbon expert and author Mike Berners-Lee
* Community climate change activist Henry Goodwin
11 JUL EDEN DISTRICT CLIMATE EMERGENCY DECLARATION A petition will be presented to the newly elected Eden District Council at a public meeting at Penrith Town Hall calling on the Council to declare a climate emergency and pledge to make the district carbon neutral by 2030, following the recent declarations made by Penrith and Glassonby Councils.
The RSN is calling on the Government to develop a Rural Strategy to ensure that rural areas are properly considered. Too often policies are designed for urban areas, resulting in rural communities missing out on the benefits or experiencing unintended consequences from policies which are poorly thought through from a rural perspective. Sign up to support their call for action and to find out more here: https://www.rsnonline.org.uk/time-for-a-rural-strategy or visit their roadshow in the Discovery Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 11 Jul.
21 SEP - CUMBRIA CLIMATE EMERGENCY ACTION SUMMIT
This will be a full day of discussion in central Carlisle supporting Zero Carbon Britain. Headlines include:
Progress Update on Zero Carbon Britain report, which will include sharing experiences on climate emergency responses and engagement processes.
Updates from Cumbrian sustainability groups on local authority emergency declarations and responses, bringing together parallel responses being developed at district level.
Youth update – including YouthStrikes4Climate, UK Student Climate Network, social media
Extinction Rebellion – update on campaigning activities
This event comes at the start of the call for a week of climate strike action, so we’d anticipate an increased public & media interest and awareness at that time. https://globalclimatestrike.net/ Finally Machynlleth was featured throughout Sunday’s BBC Countryfile, looking at their local climate emergency response work. You can watch it here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0006hmj
PENRITH ACTION FOR COMMUNITY TRANSITION (PACT) NEWSLETTERS PACT newsletters contain a wealth of information about local sustainability issues with plenty of opportunities to get involved. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the mailing list.
ALL SEP – GREEN BUILD AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL Put a date in your diary for this annual programme of events across Cumbria to gain practical advice and tips on low-energy building and retrofitting, including visiting a straw bale house in Brampton. Run by award winning Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), there are around 50 events this year, with booking opening later in July. Keep an eye on www.cafs.org.uk and sign up to their newsletter too.
PLASTIC FREE REFILL SERVICES IN BRAMPTON Did you know you can get refills on many products at Half Moon Wholefoods in Brampton? Products include: Ecover laundry liquid, fabric conditioner and washing up liquid. Faith in Nature Lavender and Geranium shampoo, conditioner, bodywash and handwash.
LOCAL ELECTRICITY BILL A campaign is under way to make it easier for community energy groups to sell their energy directly to local members and local residents. It is currently very challenging because of the huge costs and bureaucracy involved in becoming a licensed supplier. A proposed Local Electricity Bill has been drafted to address this. Campaigners have succeeded in introducing the Bill in Parliament last year and 108 MPs are on board, including at least two from Cumbria. You can read more here and show your support through this link.
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FROM RORY STEWART MP This reply was received by Sustainable Brampton in response to a letter asking for our MP’s position on climate change, fracking and community led renewable energy.
‘I am passionate about Climate Change and it's great to see Sustainable Brampton so involved on this too. I recently wrote an article on Conservative Home, about Climate Change, which you can find here. In the article I wrote about how this must be a citizen's movement as much as a government initiative. And I'd be very keen to discuss with Sustainable Brampton what local community led renewable energy generation projects and energy savings initiatives are working in the constituency, how effective and efficient they are and how they could be expanded.
On fracking, whilst I fully understand and appreciate people's concerns about it, I believe that we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but we should be sensible about the most cost effective ways in doing so. The Government is developing a regulatory regime that provides world leading protections for the environment. With these in place, I think it is right to explore and make use of shale gas and oil. But having said that, I have listened to your arguments and will continue to give them some thought.’
BIKE MAINTENANCE COURSES After the success of the recent course run in May by Bikeseven of Longtown, Sustainable Brampton would be pleased to arrange further subsidised courses over the summer, given sufficient demand.
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