SUSTAINABLE BRAMPTON FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
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CARBON LITERACY TRAINING
At the session on 7th Jan (reported in the SB newsflash) the Leader of Carlisle City Council agreed to meet concerned organisations (including Sustainable Brampton) and individuals to discuss the preparation and implementation of an emergency climate change response plan. It is envisaged that some form of Carlisle Climate Crisis Coalition group may be formed to address critical issues arising from the increasing effects of climate change and the need to reduce carbon emissions at the same time as increasing bio-diversity.
One of the first steps will be to initiate a programme of carbon literacy training in Cumbria (identifying climate solutions) for a range of audiences, that would be accredited by the Centre for Alternative Technology (drawing on their latest Zero Carbon Britain course (MakingItHappen.pdf) and the Carbon Literacy Trust (carbonliteracy). Please let me know if you would like to know more or get involved in implementing local solutions.
THE HARMONY PROJECT
The Harmony Project takes its inspiration from HRH The Prince of Wales’ vision for a healthier and more sustainable future, set out in his book Harmony: A new way of looking at our world. His vision shows us that by turning to Nature as teacher, we are better placed to tackle the many challenges facing humankind.
The Project is founded on the strongly held belief that the solutions to these challenges - many of which result from the impact of human activity on the natural world - are close at hand. By learning from Nature and applying ancient wisdom and tradition we can create healthier and more sustainable systems and ways of living and being.
This link here to theharmonyproject contains a wealth of information. If you would like to discover more about Harmony please get in touch.
FELLFOOT FORWARD LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP
The scheme (see http://www.northpennines.fellfoot-forward), which has been previously reported, is continuing to work towards developing its sustainable approach to support resilient land management practices, reveal and share stories, past and present to help people connect with, enjoy, benefit from and care for this special part of Eden. Over the next two months we are planning to feedback and firm up on potential projects that collectively will come together as the backbone of the Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme. Enquiries to Fiona at email@example.com
JAN 19 – 10TH OXFORD REAL FARMING CONFERENCE
The Real Farming Conference (click on link) is sponsored by the Sustainable Food Trust and is well worth reading about for those with an interest in sustainable food production. The conversation around farming and food production is shifting and the divide between sustainable and conventional farming is closing as sustainability is increasingly recognised as the only way forward, especially for small and mid-size farms.
10 FEB WALKERS ARE WELCOME – GREENHEAD AREA
The next free guided walk in the ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ series starts at 10am at Brampton Moot Hall for a lift-share, or 10.15am at the Greenhead Hotel. The walk takes around 2 hrs and will be guided by Kate Ellis (a real ale enthusiast, blogger and poet). Enquiries to 016977 3103.
23 FEB TO 10 MAR FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT BRAMPTON
A Fairtrade coffee morning in the Moot Hall Brampton to launch the 2019 FT Fortnight. This year's theme is cocoa and chocolate. Served from 9.30am to 12 noon. Home baking, FT raffle , Traidcraft stall, FT information....and, hopefully, samples to taste. We would love to receive donations of FT baking for the cake stall or FT raffle prize! Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
1 MAR CARLISLE FAIRTRADE QUIZ NIGHT
At the Cakes and Ale Cafe, Long Lane, Carlisle (CA3 8SY). Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Licensed Bar. Tickets £2 a head and max of 6 in each team. Please book early through email@example.com as these quizzes are always very popular!
5 MAR CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE LECTURE AND DISCUSSION
The next science talk at Bardon Mill and Henshaw Community Hall is on Tue 5th Mar and will be an interactive tour of the Solar System with Emma Guerrero. Tickets £5 and full details of all this year’s events are at www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/276965. The Brampton Community Trust hopes to set up its own Cafe Scientifique lecture series during 2019 – watch this space!
29 MAR NATIONAL CLIMATE EMERGENCY CONFERENCE LANCASTER
The National Climate Emergency Conference is in Lancaster on 29th Mar. Tickets at £15 will be re-funded for Sustainable Brampton supporters. See climateemergencylancaster for details. I will be going and would be pleased to offer a lift to anyone else from the area wishing to attend.
10 APR SUSTAINABLE BRAMPTON ANNUAL MEETING
Sustainable Brampton’s Annual Meeting in the Community Centre Cafe will provide an opportunity to find out more about environmental group Penrith Action for Community Transition’s (PACT) successes in tackling that scourge of modern society - single-use plastic.
The issue of pollution of land and sea from single-use plastic was graphically illustrated in the BBC's Blue Planet II series. However, well before that PACT had already started a local campaign to raise awareness of the problem and to begin finding solutions, spurred on by a screening of the excellent and often heart-wrenching feature film 'A Plastic Ocean'.
PACT has been greatly encouraged by the response from individuals, local shops, businesses and other organisations. They have also been lobbying businesses and politicians to make the urgent changes needed, running a local media campaign, carrying out litter picks, and collaborating with other environmental groups across Cumbria. We hope that PACT’s experience will persuade people in Brampton (and Beyond) that it is possible to make a real difference by working together to tackle this important 21st Century issue. Please pencil this date (digitally) into your diaries.
24 APR COLLECTION DAY SHANKHILL CofE SCHOOL
There will be a second hand clothes and toy collection for the Great North Air Ambulance in aid of funds for the school's PTA. The collection day is 24th Apr at 9.30am. If you require a bag, please contact the school with your address details and we can arrange delivery of a bag or collect a bag from the school. Please no dirty clothes, wet clothes or soft toys. An ideal opportunity to konmari your home! Enquiries to Pippa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Chair Sustainable Brampton