What will life be like for today’s 10 year olds in 2060? Disaster or an opportunity to make a better world?

What will Wilmslow be like in 2060 for today’s 10 year olds when they get to 50?  What will their lives look like if the world’s governments do not deal with the problem of climate change? What could life be like if they did? Will our children and grandchildren think we cared enough about their future?

On Thursday 19thMarch, 7.30 pm  at Wilmslow Quaker Meeting House (Bourne Street SK9 5HD), come and join the conversation as we hear from three expert speakers about what the future might hold, how we can avoid some of the problems we might face and how we could adapt to a changing world.

What will our houses be like? What will the streets be like? The shops? The fields and woods around the town? How will we get to work? What will we be eating? Or will nothing have changed?

 

City Nature Challenge 24-27 April 2020

Want to take part in the City Nature Challenge this year? Sara from the NT Riverlands project is keen we all join in if we can…a challenge to find (and hopefully identify!) as many species in Nature as we can. Find wildlife, take a photo and load it onto as easy app (iNaturalist) and do your own bit of citizen science! all details at https://citynaturechallenge.org

How do we engage with more people and do more to improve our environment?

We put an application into the Climate Action Fund and were not shortlisted. The feedback that we had was that while ours was a strong application (we were one of 650 and 15 were shortlisted) we did not demonstrate enough community engagement or community partnerships. We had a really useful consultation at our February monthly meeting where nearly thirty of us addressed the questions we had tried to address in our bid and made suggestions as to what we should be aiming for and how to engage more people. The Climate Action Fund has £100m to spend over 10 years so there will be more opportunities to bid. What do you think we should be doing here in Wilmslow? What do you think would persuade other people to join us in taking practical action to improve our Environment? 50 people planted 1200 trees at Bank House Farm last week in our first joint tree planting venture with the National Trust which just shows that there are lots of people in our town who want to do something! Please contact us on transitionwilmslow@gmail.com with your suggestions. Thank you!

The comments from last week’s consultation are documented here:

20.2.20 Consultation- Community Engagement

20.2.20 Consultation- Reduce and Reuse

20.2.20 Consultation – Food

20.2.20 Consultation – Transport

20.2.20 Consultation- Energy

20.2.20 Consultation- Lindow Moss

20.2.20. Consultation- Trees

 

Making Wilmslow a resilient town in the face of climate change

We need YOUR help to decide what our town’s priorities should be in the fight against climate change, and in the need to become more resilient to the changes that are coming. Please come along to our next meeting, 20 February, and help us list some priorities for applying for funding. In March we are planning a meeting about climate resilience…we need your help. Everyone is welcome. Any queries contact us transitionwilmslow@gmail.com

Who cares about peat?

 

Well, we do obviously, because we know how vital peat is as a carbon sequester, we know that damaged peat bogs are extruding CO2, and we want to see our beloved Lindow Moss restored so it can become the beautiful landscape it should be, supporting biodiversity and acting as a much needed carbon sink. It is good to know that we are not the only ones, and that most commentators (not all) are on side with us. The recent CCC report on Land Use specifically targets peat bogs as a vital component in the battle against climate change and demands specific action including the banning of peat sales by 2023, the banning of peat burning  and restoration of bogs including rewetting. Zac (now Lord) Goldsmith, Secretary of State for the Environment is reported to have said in a radio interview that if we are worried, we should stop buying peat and lobby DEFRA. Well, yes…we hope everyone who loves Lindow Moss does not buy peat based composts. We are not quite sure how to lobby DEFRA but we have written to our MP, Esther McVey, to ask her to support the immediate ban on peat sales and to lobby for immediate peat bog restoration, and we have copied the letter to DEFRA.

Our letter is here

Letter to MP re Peat Sales

Feel free to write in support as well. Save Our Peat Bogs!

 

Welcome to the Roaring 20’s!

Transition Wilmslow Community Fund Application

We have submitted this to the National Lottery Community Fund Call for community groups to do something about climate change. We are unlikely to be shortlisted but it does at least give us a template for planning future work. Please read it and tell us what you think.

We are all devastated by what is happening in Australia but we can only do what we can in our own corner of the planet. Let’s hope world leaders wake up to the canary in the mine.

On a more cheerful note the famous Transition Wilmslow Repair Cafe is back!

repaircafejanuary

Come along and get your repairs repaired by our talented team of volunteer repairers. And there’s cake!

Our next monthly meeting is on Thursday 16 January, 7.30 pm Friends Meeting House. Please come along and help us plan our strategy for 2020.

Monday 20 January 7.30pm, Macctastic Meeting Meet Rod King from 20s plenty and hear about the benefits of 20mph in speed limits in residential areas. Many places have adopted these but not CEC as yet. http://www.20splenty.org/

Thursday 6 February 8-9.30 Undercroft URC Climate Conscious Wilmslow Meeting. Our very own Professor Sarah Bridle! Change Your Diet: the easiest way to combat climate change.

Change Your Diet: The Easiest Way To Help Reduce Climate Impact

Wilmslow’s Professor Sarah Bridle has been studying dark matter and dark energy for the last 20 years, but when her kids started school she started to think about our own planet in the next 20 years and beyond. She learned about climate change properly for the first time, how it threatens worldwide food production, and how food causes about a quarter of all global warming.

Sarah wanted to know how much each of her food choices was contributing, and why. She delved into the academic research literature, and summarized the results in simple charts. The charts make it easy for the non-specialist to see the impacts of different meal options, and show that some easy food switches can reduce food greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent.

Most of us make many food choices every day, and by changing these we can significantly reduce climate change caused by food, and free up land that can be used to help reduce climate change overall.