Can we do it? Yes we can!
This was the main theme at ‘Love Wilmslow, Love Our Planet’, a joint venture with Churches Together in Wilmslow and Transition Wilmslow at The Wilmslow Guild on St Valentine’s Day 2015.
What do we have in common? It’s a wish to look after our planet, to keep it for future generations too, and to take steps to reduce climate change.
We started the morning session with Paul Allen, one of the authors of Zero Carbon Britain who gave an uplifting and rich presentation about how reaching zero carbon emissions was very possible:
We could rapidly reduce UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero by 2030, using only currently available technology.
We could reduce our energy demand by around 60%, with particularly large savings in heating buildings and transport.
It is possible to meet 100% of the UK’s energy demand with renewable and carbon neutral energy sources; without fossil fuels and without new nuclear.
Read more here and download the latest report.
After a bread and soup lunch Professor John Handley gave a talk entitled ‘Lindow Moss; Making Sense of the Planning Application, followed by discussion.
Meanwhile there were craft and recycling activities to learn – composting, biscuit decoration, crochet, knitting, making gift boxes from Christmas cards to name a few. A highlight was a ‘stomp’ – a musical and movement performance using scrap material, organized by Wilmslow High School students.
Participants were also alerted to many local initiatives to reduce climate change. Some are recycling tools through Work Aid, raising money for solar lights and cookers for slums in Nairobi through Kibera in Need and cutting down on food waste through Waste Watch. If we don’t do a lot to cut our energy consumption, the future for our children will be very different with climate change.
So how do we get there? Part of the way forward must be to strengthen our community. We need to encourage one another, and the town council could be a leader in this. Perhaps we could have electric cars and bikes as a greener part of the Wilmslow Motor Show!
Most of all it should be fun!
See what Low Carbon Lymm is doing. Also…..
Ashton Hayes going carbon neutral
A talk by Professor Roy Alexander
Friday 13 March 7.30pm-9.30pm
Wilmslow Guild, Bourne St, Wilmslow, SK9 5HD
Ashton Hayes, a community of about 1,000 people, is aiming to become England’s first carbon neutral community. By working together, sharing ideas and through behavioural change they have reduced carbon emissions by 23% since 2006.
RGS-IBG members free, non-members £5 donation on the door.
October is Harvest month: Sustainable food choices
How did you get on with cutting down on car journeys? Incidentally, October is walk to school month, so keep going!
In October we celebrate harvest so what better topic for our monthly challenge than food and our choices in that regard. Check out our October challenge here.
And it’s not too late to vote!
Our monthly challenges have begun!
Join us each month on a new challenge, a year-long journey towards a more sustainable way of life. We are more than half way through June with the WWW challenge: Why Waste Water? Check out our simple water saving tips, and send in your stories and anecdotes. And keep it up! Next month, it’s the first part of a Rubbish Diet: reduce food waste!
Successful ‘Big Weekend’
Thanks to all who came to our Skills Share Event Saturday 14 June and learned how to knit, do patchwork, make herb tea, make raised beds for growing vegetables, pedalled the bike to power a blender to make smoothies, drank tea, ate homemade cakes…and much much more. Look out for our next Skills Share event later in the year.
The following day Transition Wilmslow was out again, this time at the Wilmslow Artisan Market. The main feature was the family bike ride, setting off from our stall with 25 cyclists participating in the eight mile route, taking in the new multi-use path through The Carrs. The pedal powered smoothie maker was once again a crowd puller. Thanks to Wilmslow Sainsbury’s for providing the fruit on both days.
The smoothie maker will be making another appearance at our stall at the Wilmslow Show, Sunday 13 July.
See you then!
We kick off on Saturday 14th June with a Skills Share Event.
Come to Wilmslow Methodist Church on Water Lane between 1.30 and 3.30pm and learn life skills such as bike maintenance, re-using materials, building compost heaps, and making cordial. Bring old jeans for special crafts, and clear out unwanted wearable clothes to raise funds. Children’s activities include scarecrow making for Transition Wilmslow.
There will be a charge for teas and cakes, but we will be giving away the recipes so you can bake them at home!
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Transition Wilmslow once more have a stall at the Artisan Market. Visit us on Grove Avenue Sunday 15 June from 10am – 4.00pm. The pedal-powered smoothie maker will be making another appearance.
Still in the bike theme, we have a family bike ride leaving from the stall at 1.30pm so make sure you register from 1.00pm. The route will take in the new path at the Carrs. Enjoy handmade cakes at the Transition Wilmslow stall on return!
Seed & Seedling Swap Event 26 April 2014
Despite all our anxieties about the weather the sun shone on Saturday morning and the stiff breeze just added to the fun of getting the Gazebos up!