B&NES needs a Climate Emergency Motion: Sign the Petition

Please can you sign this petition, for a Climate Emergency Motion for B&NES,  to be presented to the council on March 14th:
https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/climate-emergency-petition-to-bath-and-north-east-somerset-council.html

Many councils have called Climate Emergency Motions,  Bristol being the first city to pass this resolution.
1,500 signatures are needed by March,  so please can you ask one friend in B&NES to also sign the petition.  

You can also sign up and register to speak at the Motion for up to 3 minutes. To do this contact Democratic Services at B&NES Email: Democratic_Services@BATHNES.GOV.UK

  • Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world;
  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published 8/10/2018, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C rise is likely to cause compared to a 1.5°C rise, and told us that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities;
  • The World Meteorological Organisation in their annual bulletin (Nov 2018)  state that carbon dioxide levels have hit new highs of 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, up from 403.3 ppm in 2016 and 400.1 ppm in 2015, levels not seen for millions of years. This far exceeds the 350 ppm deemed to be a safe level for humanity; They warn that “the window of opportunity for action is almost closed”;
  • The world’s leading climate scientists warn that there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5oC, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people;
  • Global temperatures have already increased by 1 degree Celsius from pre-industrial levels and they are still rising rapidly, with impacts being felt around the world today;
  • The world is on track to overshoot the Paris agreement’s 1.5°c limit before 20501; 
  • Society needs to help all our citizens reduce their own carbon emissions by changing its laws, taxation, infrastructure, policies and plans, to make low carbon living easier and the new norm;
  • In order to reduce the very real risk of runaway global warming and the dramatic impacts on the global environment, it is imperative that all our citizens take the boldest steps to reduce our CO2  emissions from their current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes as soon as possible;
  • Carbon emissions result from both production and consumption;
  • City Councils around the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address this emergency. 4

Difficulty getting your child to school on a Bath bus?

Sarah Warren and Joanna Wright have been approached by parents with great concerns about getting their children too and from school each day.  This is now a major issue in Bath so we have created the following petition and are asking members of the public to sign it.

Please sign the Petition : Make safe, independent travel to school possible and affordable for every child aged 11 to 18, at all schools, state and private, in Bath & North East Somerset. Click here to sign.

Please urge anyone you know to join in and sign.

Transition Larkhall on Channel4

Joanna Wright of Transition Larkhall was recently interviewed by Wera Hobhouse MP for the Political Slot on Channel4 (6th Dec 2018) about air pollution in Bath.  This was filmed in front of Alison Harper’s “Hot Spots” which is now on the London Road, this art piece was created for the exhibition #getoutofyourcar and is part of the campaign by Transition Larkhall to improve air quality, create better walking and cycling infrastructure and have affordable and reliable public transport.
If we want a Zero Carbon world change needs to happen.

If you would like to see the piece go to https://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-political-slot/on-demand/68072-013

Banned Advert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdpspllWI2o

Originally produced by Greenpeace to highlight the glob-al impact of palm oil production, and show that simple products such as our shampoo, crisps & chocolate which contain palm oil are fuelling tropical countries to grow as much palm oil as possible (as it’s an easy to grow high yield crop)This has been linked to unscrupulous developers remov-ing large swathes of natural rainforest to plant palm oil trees which is destroying the natural habitat for animals such as the Orangutans and Sumatran Tigers. Over 100,000 Orangutans have been killed in the quest for palm oil production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-1DQwaauwEhttps://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/palm-oil-health-impact-environment-animals-deforestation-heart-a8505521.htmlhttps://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/nov/19/banned-iceland-christmas-ad-clearcast-facvebook-palm-oi

Hot Spots by Alison Harper at Royal Victoria Park

To highlight the issue of pollution in the city of Bath and make Nitrous Oxide data more accessible to residents, the artist Alison Harper has put together 69 red bicycle wheels to represent the illegal limit of Nox that is regularly breathed in by Bath residents. Many parts of Bath regularly exceed the European guideline of 40 micrograms, which is considered safe for human health.

Poor air quality is the number one environmental cause of premature mortality, with over 400,000 premature deaths every year (ec.europa.eu).

Thus the red wheels are a symbol of a potent danger that affects us all and suggests we need a change in our behaviour. How can we become a part of the solution and not the problem?

To see this work go to Royal Victoria Park on the Upper Bristol Road.  For more details click here

Courses at Alice Park Community Garden

Thanks to the Tesco Bags of Good scheme we able to offer a fabulous range of courses completely free of charge.  We invite you to join us in the Community Garden; this is a wonderful opportunity to get involved, learn new skills and meet new people. APCG Workshop Poster

1.       Keep on Growing with horticulturalist Carol Stone. Extend the growing season for fruit & veg. What grows now to keep you well fed during the winter months?  This is a hands on course and will cover sowing, propagation, plant handling skills, planting out and crop protection.  Hard to imagine in the summer heat, but gardeners are one step ahead and we’ll learn how to keep those frosts at bay!

·        This course is on four Sunday mornings: – 26th Aug, 2nd, 9th and 16th Sept.  10am – 12.00

2.       Willow Art Workshop with local artist Maya Wolfe.  Using willow we will sculpt small garden ornaments of bugs and birdfeeders. You will create something beautiful to take home and we invite you to make something for the community garden.  Maya will also spend some time repairing the stunning willow dome and you are welcome to help and learn along the way – bring a picnic and enjoy a day in the garden while making beautiful things.

·        Sunday 9th of September, 10.30am start, or drop in later – we’ll be weaving all day

3.       CHILDRENS’ SESSION Grow, Cook, Eat – Summer in the Garden (for 8yrs and over) with community cookery teacher Lucy Holburn.  Gather, pick and play; harvesting the season’s bounty to cook over open fires and eat together. 

·        Thursday 30th August, 10am – 12.00

4.       Fresh from the Garden – Eating and Preserving with community cookery teacher Lucy Holburn.  Tasty ideas for using up seasonal gluts – cooking in the garden, eating together and making delicious treasures to take home and enjoy when the summer has faded. 

·        Sunday 2nd September 10am – 12.00

5.       Herbal Remedies for summer and autumn with horticulturalist Carol Stone.  How to identify, collect and store herbs on site. Do’s and don’ts for the hedgerow herbalist and making samples for personal use, such as herbal teas, vinegars and oils. 

·        Sunday 16th September 2.30 – 5pm

6.       Carve a Wooden Spoon in a day with Green Woodworker and Tutor Tim Gatfield

A day of practical spoon carving in the garden. Using fresh green wood to carve your individual spoon under the expert guidance of Tim. Enjoy the calm, reflective art of whittling whilst learning the safe use of a variety of tools and good spoon design.

·        Saturday 22nd September 10am – 4.30pm

Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.  These courses are fully funded by the Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme and therefore we are not charging for attendance.  We would ask that you commit to attending when you apply for a place and that if you are unable to attend you let us know in good time so that we can make the opportunity available for someone else. Thank you.

If you’re able to help us get the word out we would appreciate it – do circulate this email or print off the attached poster and pop it up somewhere prominent, thank you.

To enquire about a FREE place on a workshop or course please email aliceparkcg@gmail.com stating which course you would like to attend.