Zero Carbon Britain?

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.

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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.

Save Energy this Month!

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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!

Low Carbon Pot Luck Supper – 27 July 2014, 6pm

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.

Film Night Tonight

We are showing the Film ‘No Impact Man’ at Wilmslow Library, Tuesday 29 April 2014 at 7.30pm.  (Suggested donation for tea & cake – £2.00)

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No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem?? Can Colin Beavan and his family do this?

See the trailer here

(warning: colourful language!)

 

Energy in the home

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

Happy New Year!

What is Transition Wilmslow up to this year?

We already have quite a few events happening in January.

Join us for our first Film Night of the year:

Tuesday 28th January, 7.15 for 7.30 at our usual venue – upstairs room of Wilmslow Library.

We are showing a fast paced, quirky and fun feature length documentary called “EDIBLE CITY”. It is about the local good food movement that is taking root in San Francisco Bay and across the world, including here in Cheshire!

More information including trailers at www.ediblecity.net

No charge, but donations to cover costs will, of course, be welcome!

We are busy with our Groups and Meetings too:

  • Lindow Moss Group is meeting on 7th January at 8pm Quaker Meeting House to discuss plans going forward

  • Green Drinks our social get together on 14th January from 8pm, usual venue – Coach & Four, Wilmslow

  • Steering Group meeting on 15th January at 7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House.  Come along and help us plan our activities for the coming year

  • Energy Group meeting on the 16th January at 15 Hawthorn Lane at 7.30pm

For more information on all of the above, follow the link below:

January 2014 Events Newsletter

What did we do in 2013?

It was a busy year for Transition Wilmslow.  It’s all in the 2013 Round Up Newsletter

And also….

Introducing a new cinema concept in Macclesfield from Cinevangelist– see films for free!  Interested? You can find out more on our Film & Cinema Page

Energy Tip of the Week!

Following on from all the lovely people we met at our stall at Wilmslow Artisan Market earlier in November….

Their main concern at this time of year?

What to do about CONDENSATION – on windows, and even on walls in some houses.

We have expert advice for you from Frances Hill, who lectures at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Click here

Do you want to know where your house is losing heat?

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Sign up for an energy survey.  One of our volunteers will use a thermal imaging camera to pinpoint the problem areas and offer advice to put it right.

Contact transitionwilmslow@googlemail.com to arrange a visit

Wilmslow Green Doors

Green Doors: Saturday 28 September 2013

Come and find out what others have done to make their homes more sustainable, cheaper to live in, and see if there are things you can do too. Where do you lose heat? What can you do to save money and energy?

Compare ideas, ask questions. None of us are perfect though!

1-4pm Joy and Luigi Pagano, 50 Sagars Road, Handforth, SK9 3EE to see solar hot water and electricity for a bungalow

10.30-1pm Andrew and Frances, 31 Vale Head, Handforth, SK9 3BP for wood burning stove, solar hot water, hens, garden at end of terrace.

1.30pm-4.30pm Amanda and Garry Olson, 27 Strawberry Lane, Wilmslow SK9 6AQ for wood burning stove, solar electricity and vegetable garden with hens for a semi detached house

1pm-4pm Anthony and Pippa Jones, 4 Fulshaw Ave, Wilmslow SK9 5JA – a Victorian house with vegetables and hens – but also thermally insulated blinds, solar hot water and electricity.

There may be more houses added to the list – which will be advertised on this page in the next few days. Or ring Andrew Backhouse on 07929 188014