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!
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.
Here it is: November’s challenge is all about small steps to save Energy in the home.
Whether it’s switching off the lights when you leave the room or draw the curtains to keep heat in in the evening, let’s all start to reduce our demand on the grid so that renewable energy solutions can be the main players in the mix.
Get yourselves a free thermal imaging survey done this winter to find out where you can make the most difference, and borrow an energy meter from the library at no cost to watch those kWhs go down!
And if you’re unsure about why we need to think about this, why not come to our film night: Chasing Ice on 12th November!
If you want to find out a bit more about how to cook or make food using less energy then come along to the Energy Group’s low carbon pot luck supper at Helen Lederer’s house, this Sunday (27 July) at 6pm. Bring something to eat with a card describing what it is, how it was made, where the ingredients came from etc. so that we can have an idea of the energy and carbon involved in making it. Please can you email for more information or to let us know if you are coming so that we have an idea of numbers.
Also check out the following page on the Transition Town website for a recent article by Andrew Backhouse about what the Energy Group has been up to recently.
Before you read about the energy saving tips below…
…put Sunday 16th February in your diary as the day you will visit our Energy Group stall at Wilmslow Artisan Market off Grove Street from 10.00am. Come and chat about energy issues and sign up for an energy survey to see where your home is leaking heat!
♦ What’s happening in Lymm to address reducing energy consumption? Hear & see local people talk about the changes they have made.
Low Carbon Lymm
♦ Why did the Victorians wear lots of clothes at home? And why are you sitting at home in winter wearing thin clothing with the heating on high?
Simpler Ways to Stay Warm