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Meeting + All About Trees ..

Wednesday 29th June, 7.30 – 9.00, Church Hall

Hi all, next meeting of Sustainable Oakington & Wetwick group …interested in trees and would you like to know more about their benfits and how to help them? We have a resident tree expert to talk to us about this important subject and relate it to the village …. + group discussion re this and other things we can do toward a sustainabale village … all folk of all ages most welcome

Meeting + Household Tips

7.30 Wednesday 25th May, Church Hall

Keen to reduce your environmental footprint but don’t know where to start? Not sure what to look out for, or what will have the biggest impact? From day to day swaps, to lifestyle changes, Sarah, from local business Green Blue You will share some tips on how you can reduce your environmental footprint and save some costs at the same time … what to watch out for in household ingredients, places and ways to source sustainable products and the local support available for doing things differently.

Followed by discussions.

“Wildlife Gardening”

Wednesday 30th March, 7:30pm in St. Andrew’s Church Hall
Find out how to make your garden better for biodiversity plus discussion of other actions we can take in our community If you’re concerned about nature and the environment, come along!

Or get in touch: / 0785 7704 636 /

Future meetings: 27 April: Waste & Recycling workshop,
25 May: Lifestyle Changes, 29 June: Trees

Waste Survey Responses

Thanks to all 30 who completed this one: if the while village behaves in the same way we are doing pretty well on this front: everyone who answered uses their own shopping bags, and the great majority use a reusable water bottle (93%), avoid single-use plastics (72%) and donate to charity shops (86%) and buy second-hand (69%). Most people avoid unnecessary purchases by buying things that will last (83%) and repairing things (79%). Many of us would like to avoid
packaging by using refills (52%), share tools (41%) and have a shopping-free month (34%)

click here to open full survey results

The Most Effective Actions We Can Take?

The most wide-ranging and systematic assessment to date (at least that I’ve heard of) of community lead initiatives (CLIs) for climate change mitigation was conducted by TESS (Towards European Societal
Sustainability), an EU funded research project. Based on case study research on the social, political, economic, technological and environmental impacts of 63 community led initiatives (CLIs) in six European countries (Spain, Italy, Romania, Germany, Scotland and Finland), TESS calculated carbon emissions savings compared with national baselines in each country.

This included a calculation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, compared with a baseline figure based on national per capita average emissions in the domain/s in question. This provides an estimate of the emissions avoided by each CLI, based on average consumption levels in each country, rather than a direct calculation.

Results indicated that CLIs achieve the highest reductions in GHG emissions through heat and electricity
generation, personal transportation and promoting / providing vegan and vegetarian diets
(with provision of meals being a star performer rather than worrying about where the food comes from)). In terms of absolute total reductions, some headline figures are as follows:

In relation to total reductions, some headline figures are as follows:

energy: average absolute reductions are 612 tCO2e/year (84.3% below baseline),
ranging from 40 to 2367 tCO2e/year across CLIs

food: numbers of members and beneficiaries significantly influence figures. On
average, redistribution of food leads to a reduction of nearly 145 tCO2e/year per CLI

transport: transportation of goods leads to an average 94.7% reduction of GHG
emissions compared with baseline figures, with absolute figures ranging from 1.8 to
43 tCO2e/year
for different CLIs

waste: the average absolute emissions reduction resulting from the activity “Repairing,
Reusing, Upcycling” is very high (1,574 tCO2e/year, with an average saving of 34 kg
CO2e per unit product)

Full report on this linkits chapter 5 that discusses the results and analyzes for the most effective activities

How Group Should Work?

Thinking about how we can discuss and decide how to organise the group when we still don’t know exactly what we will do as a group … it seems rather difficult and awkward to me but also quite key … I reached the conclusion it would be most efficient to present to the group several plausible alternatives before the meeting for consideration and then  discussion and voting at the meeting. Alternatives? …

  1. Subject Area sub-group based:
  • e.g transport, food, recycling, wildlife …
  • people say what groups they would like and if at least 3 people want to join that’s a sub group
  • sub groups self govern
  • all groups come together quarterly to update each other, hear views, vote when asked by sub groups 
  1. Global priority based
  • We discuss what is most important / effective things we can do to save the world
  • Vote for top actions we can take – say top 3
  • We  volunteer for 1,2 or 3
  • sub groups self-govern
  • Groups publish their plan to all others for comments and key issues voted on by whole group so projects approved by overall majority
  • Sub groups action agreed plans
  1. Organistion-based
  • Management committee (core functions chair treasurer comms …?)
  • Actively seek wider group opinions / votes but also develop the way it works based on ongoming situation / experience
  • Preeoject leads appoind per project
  • volunteers for projects

I dont feel strongly either way but think an open discussion without predefined options on how we organsie would take ages and not be mature and the above would make it easier to pr

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