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2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Natural History Society and to commemorate this milestone they have planted a beautiful Mountain Ash tree in Sustainable Woodstock's Community Woodland.
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So what will BREXIT mean for Climate Change and Sustainability?
Sustainable Woodstock makes no excuse for this lengthy assessment based on expert commentary from leading professional and investigative journalists
The UK government won praise six months ago for taking a leading role in the Paris climate change conference which, for the first time, reached a legally binding agreement on cutting carbon emissions. With the Bexit vote the UK’s future participation is called into question. But more seriously the Leave campaign’s victory provides succour to those groups who oppose climate change action. It could conceivably delay the ratification of the Paris agreement beyond the date of the US election and, God forbid that Trump should win that particular race, a change of President in the US could scupper the agreement altogether. Jonathan Grant, director of sustainability at PwC said, “[the referendum outcome] is a major setback for the type pf collaboration needed to tackle global environmental issues such as climate change. The UK government has been a champion of climate action at home, within the EU, and in Paris. This leadership is now at risk, with many supporters of Brexit also opposed to climate policies such as carbon taxes and efficiency standards.”
The Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) annual progress report said that emissions from electricity generation were falling fast but pollution from transport was rising and action on cutting carbon emissions from homes has gone backwards. National carbon emissions have fallen by over 4.5% per year since 2012 but almost entirely due to increasing use of renewable sources of energy generation. There has been virtually no reductions in the rest of the economy and the rate of installing insulation in homes has reduced by 90% and the government has scrapped plans to make all new homes zero carbon. The UK has no policies in place to meet more than half of the carbon emissions cuts required by law by 2030. The danger following Brexit is that without EU pressure the government will be even less inclined to adopt low carbon policies. The government’s abandonment of research and development into Carbon Capture and Storage technology (CCS) will seriously jeopardise the UK reaching its 2050 carbon targets (see the positive news from Iceland on CCS here)
GreenpeaceUK Executive Director John Sauven added, “Many of the laws that make our drinking and bathing water safe, our air cleaner, our fishing industry more sustainable and our climate safer now hang by a thread …… There is a very real fear that Cameron’s successor will come from the school that supports a bonfire of anti-pollution protections.” Friends of the Earth said the group could “no longer rely on the EU to protect our nature and habitats,” adding that clean beaches, air quality and protection of bees from pesticides were among issues put at risk by potential loss of EU legislation.
Greenpeace analysys also believe that rules governing restrictions on the amount of fracking could also be lifted.
So far as food is concerned it is likely that with a weaker pound food prices will rise. 30% of our food is imported from the EU and the UK’s food production is heavily dependent on migrant labour. Some 38% of food manufacturing (the UK’s biggest manufacturing industry,; bigger than cars or aerospace) is foreign born labour and there won’t be much fresh fruit and veg without foreign pickers.
connects those with woodlands offering woodfuel with those offering their labour in exchange for woodfuel. Sustainable Woodstock's Community Woodland has recently invited Logs4Labour to help manage its small semi-mature section of the wood. Pictures and read more ....
If you read no other Climate Change news, read this:-
Guardian Media Group is divesting its
more than £800m investment portfolio in fossil fuels.
price boiler scheme launched
The 9 rules of
the least affordable city in the UK
Energy Update The latest from the Centre for Sustainable Energy:
The latest from the Centre for Sustainable Energy:
You may be eligible for a
free replacement high energy efficient central heating boiler.
Read more here. Of course there are strings and Sustainable Woodstock is not endorsing this product and offer but if you consider it ccarefully and perhpas take independent advise it might work for you
School increases recycling with help
from Council collections
Burford School has become the first secondary school in West Oxfordshire to receive waste and recycling collections from West Oxfordshire District Council. For the first time, the school has recycling boxes in every classroom and designated bins for food waste for use in the school kitchen. Read the press release here
Oxfordshire Waste Partnership
Latest IPCC report – explained!
The UN's got another big report out on climate change. Confused? Don't be. Here's a summary http://t.co/whAW2FWSq1
The IPCC report - and vulnerable people
Work with BBOWT
Your local wildlife trust (BBOWT) are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have a keen interest in wildlife to recruit new members to the trust in your local area. We are looking for people across the three counties; Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. BBOWT members are the lifeblood of our organisation, providing almost 50% of our annual income. It is thanks to our members that we are able to keep doing the work we do to protect local wildlife!
We find this is a perfect position for someone looking to earn some extra cash in the evenings and weekends whilst promoting something they believe in. The job description is attached, please contact me if you have any questions or would like an application form.
Adela Moore, Membership Recruitment Manager (Door to Door), Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, 01865 775476 ext. 228
Bonus - the evolution of the bicycle in 67 seconds
Planned Obsolesence - The Light Bulb
Sit down, get yourself a cup of coffee and watch this amazing full length documentary on the birth and expansion of the policy of "planned obsolesence" throughout the western world. It is truly jaw dropping. By the end you might feel just a bit pessimistic about the task facing us to convince the world to become just a bit more sustainable. But watch it anyway. It's very well produced with some real vintage film clips. And it's really funny in places too! http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/light-bulb-conspiracy/ Running time is 52 minutes
|At Last! A climate change report from the
"sceptics" that shows that we were right all along.
change IS the result of human activity.
|"Grow, grow, grow your own" by Anna Shepard from New
click here to read about the "One Pot Pledge" and other food
|"Six Degrees - Our Life on a Hotter Planet" Mark Lynas'
seminal book "Six Degrees - Our Life on a Hotter Planet" sets
out, chapter by chapter, the consequences of one degree of
global warming, then two degrees, then three and so on to the
worst case scenario, six degrees. Sustainable Woodstock has
summarised each chapter from the survivable "one degree" to the
devastation that will occur with six degrees of warming.
Click here to read the summary, but better still read the
Ever wanted to know what the main sources of emisssions are?
Read on ... click here
|To read a review of Lord Nicholas Stern's Oxford lecture
|"Western Lifestyles are Unsustainable" says world's top
climate expert. Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that western
society must undergo a radical value shift -
click here for the full article as it appeared in The Observer
Sunday 29th November
|Is there a cover up by the International Energy Authority in
cahoots with western governments over the true state of the
world's oil reserves. Many international experts believe so.
Click here to read about "Peak oil; fields of plenty or are we
scraping the barrel?" as it appeared in the Observer on Sunday
|Do you support low carbon energy generation from nuclear?
Some environmentalist do and other don't. But there is one
aspect of nuclear that is often forgotten and that's the impact
of Uranium mining in Africa.
Click here to read an excellent report by John Vidal of The
Guardian on how the UK's nuclear ambitions could ruin the