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September update

After a summer break, our monthly public meetings are back and we’re delighted to announce a programme for the autumn that starts with Professor David Waltham who will be joining us on Zoom on Thursday 24th September, to talk about climate change and “The 100 tonne, low carbon diet”. We’ll also be sharing updates on local projects in the Wotton Area and upcoming opportunities to get involved. Email us to register for the meeting

Many community spring clean litter picks had to be postponed due to Coronavirus, but there’s now an opportunity to get involved with the Great British Litter Pick from 11th - 27th September.  

This newsletter sets out other projects and ways to get involved, and if you have ideas yourself for a new project, please get in touch!

Stay connected and stay well this September!
Wotton Area CAN team

FREE public Zoom meeting with guest speaker, Professor David Waltham 

We are excited to welcome Professor David Waltham (Royal Holloway's professor of geophysics, renowned astrobiologist and climate campaigner) as guest speaker at our next public Zoom meeting from 8pm-9pm on Thursday 24th September. 

'We can only release another 750 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere if we're to keep global temperature rises below 1.5°C. That's pretty close to 100 tonnes for every man, women and child currently on the planet. Unfortunately, we each produce about 6 tonnes every year and that number is rising. The arithmetic is therefore terrifyingly simple-without a drastic greenhouse-gas weight-loss regime-we'll bust the budget in 15 years.'

In this talk David will explain where these numbers come from and why it's important to keep temperature rises as low as possible. And he will explain the technical ways this might be done. That's the easy bit. The difficult bit is getting action at the necessary speed and scale. And that's about economics, politics and leadership.

There will be time for questions and discussion after the talk.

Email wottonareacan@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link and secure your free space at our online meeting.
 

Upcoming events

Monthly public meetings are held on Zoom on the fourth Thursday of each month. 
 
The 100 tonne, low-carbon diet
Thursday 24 Sept, 8-9 pm,
Professor David Waltham 
    

Land use climate projects
Thursday 22 Oct, 8-9 pm          
Wotton Area CAN


A new Climate Strategy for Stroud District
Thursday 26 Nov, 8-9 pm          
Rachel Brain, Stroud District Council


Please
get in touch if you would like to attend an event.

Wotton litter pick - 27th September

In September, there’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved with the Great British September Clean, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, which will be taking place nationally from 11-27 September. If you’d like to get involved you can “pledge to pick litter” or join a community action day.

Wotton Area CAN and Wotton Lions are supporting a litter pick on Sunday 27th September and if you’d like to get involved in this socially distanced community clean up, please drop an email to Wotton Area CAN: WottonAreaCAN@gmail.com.
 
Plastic free ally award for KLB student, Arthur

Huge congratulations (and our thanks!) go to Arthur Garrett, who was recently awarded a 'Plastic Free Ally' award by Stroud District Action on Plastic after spending three months undertaking a weekly litter pick in and around Wotton-under-Edge. Arthur chose to litter pick as part of his Duke of Edinburgh's award and Wotton Area CAN joined Stroud District Action on Plastic in congratulating him for his efforts.

Each week, he collected about half a black sack full of litter – mostly packaging that had been discarded along the side of the road or footpaths. Much of the litter collected was plastic waste, which would otherwise have blighted the environment, causing risks to wildlife, polluting water, making the local area look unattractive and resulting in clean-up costs for public authorities.

More information on Arthur's volunteer litter picking and the award can be seen on the Gazette website and on the front page of the newspaper. Congratulations, Arthur!
https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/18687985.plastic-free-ally-award-katharine-lady-berkeley-pupil/

 

Could you benefit from the Green Homes Grant Scheme?

Under the Government Green Homes Grant scheme announced in July 2020, hundreds of thousands of people will be able to access vouchers of up to £5,000 and in some cases £10,000.

The grants will be provided in the form of vouchers which can be used towards making energy-efficient improvements to homes including insulation, low carbon heat, draught proofing, energy efficient windows and doors, heating controls and insulation of hot water tanks.

The Government grant scheme will cover at least two thirds of the cost that homeowners spend on energy efficiency green upgrades, while those on the lowest incomes will not have to pay anything.

Register your interest on the Green Homes Grant scheme website.
 

Matara trees - mulch and weeding

We’re pleased to say that most of the 400 saplings we planted at the Matara Centre, Kingscote are doing well, despite the extremely challenging dry spell we had in the spring. We’re now preparing for the winter and are organising another weed and mulch session for Saturday 19th September from 10am. Volunteers are welcome to join us. Please contact Tina for further details.

Volunteer and join our steering team

Our Steering Group is made up of a small number of volunteers who share a vision to reduce carbon emissions locally. We meet monthly and organise meetings, promote events on social media and lead project work in the wider community. We welcome new members and if you can offer your skills and time we’d love to hear from you at wottonareacan@gmail.com.

Plant your own wildflower patch from seed

Following the success of the wildflower patch we helped plant outside Wotton Swimming Pool, we've had a few requests for tips on how to create a wildflower patch at home. One of our lovely 'land use' volunteers, Bel, has put together a quick guide on the subject. Find it on the 'land use' section of our website:
http://www.wottonareacan.org/focus-areas/land-use

Surveying the eco value of our local trees

We are really pleased to be working with Ian Turner - Arboriculturalist at First Ecology - on adding to some work he's been doing to survey trees within Wotton and the surrounding area. Using the online tool 'Treezilla', Ian hopes to recruit volunteers to help record trees within the local area and create a map of their eco-benefits to us in terms of the carbon dioxide stored and removed from the atmosphere by them, the run off water avoided and improvements to our air quality.

If you'd like to get involved in the tree survey in Wotton and the surrounding area, please get in touch with Ian.
Carbon footprint - reading corner

Ahead of our meeting with Prof David Waltham, you may want to take a look at the brand new edition of the brilliant book How Bad Are Bananas? The carbon footprint of everything. Ten years on from first publication, the new edition of this entertaining guide shows just what effect everything has on carbon emissions, from a Google search to a plastic bag, from a flight to a volcano. There’s also a Carbon Footprint Game you can play and you can see a recent interview with Tim Berners-Lee, the book’s author, on You Tube.
News from around Stroud District
Two new Seed Banks are setting up in Horsley and Chalford. These will be linked to the main Stroud Seed Bank, and can offer support and advice, as needed, while they grow. A seed saving workshop for these new members, and anyone else as a refresher, will be held on September 27th, 10am to 12 midday, at the Trinity Rooms, Field Road, Stroud. There are limited numbers due to social distancing. To book, email Beth: seedbank.beth@gmail.com.
 
Andy Freedman and Richard Keating from art collective Walking the Land are inviting participation in a ‘Sharing our Views’ project. Andy and Richard are seeking to collect people’s views about the landscape changes that a carbon neutral future could bring in the Stroud Valleys. They are interested in collecting and voicing as many views as possible to provide a framework for change based on how people value the places they live. The 'Sharing our views' website provides more details. You can also email them on sharingourviews@gmail.com 
 
Wotton Area Mutual Aid (WAMA)
As we move into a new phase of the Coronavirus response, our local community support services are changing. From 5th September 2020 Wotton Area Mutual Aid will be suspending all services following a reduction in activities during August and a drop in requests for help. If you or any friends or neighbours are in need of support please check out the alternative contacts. Thanks to so many people who have volunteered to help over recent months! 
 
See their website for further details: https://www.wottonareamutualaid.co.uk/

Latest updates from Transition Stroud

We’re part of the Stroud District Forum of Climate Action Networks – which is co-ordinated by Transition Stroud. Their September newsletter contains many useful links, including news from Stroud District Action on Plastic.

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