Climate Change Blog

There are thousands of actions we can take to reduce our overall CO2 impact. Since the personal individual actions all add up I will tell you what I have achieved this year:

Changing from dairy milk to soya milk and eating a lot less dairy, virtually no cheese, eggs , butter unless Freegan

Helping out with home grown food projects

Examining all fresh produce for being local and in season

Being part of a communal food group

Mentioning to my friends that still fly in airplanes that I don’t approve

Joining in this “Blog Action Day”

Working for free here at the Environment Centre

Things that I still need to acheive:

Transport – I rarely use a vehicle unless it is absolutely necessary, don’t own a car. I can persuade friends to do likewise, promote all the alternatives.

Remembering to turn off the radio rather than leaving it on standby.

Helping out more with home recycling.

Turning off the computer & going home from work.

So … goodbye !

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Wish List

WISH LIST FOR NEXT GARDENING PROJECT
Use of a van or a flat bed truck, or a good sized vehicle plus trailer
Topsoil
Free Garden Tools
Woodworking tools
Nails & big screws
Wood
Scaffolding board or similar
2 in sq wood for building
Various sizes of timber

We will be building cold frames and a raised beds in October and November 2009 so these materials would be very handy. Looking forward to working with Community Service volunteers!

Volunteers

VOLUNTEER DAY AT
KINGSTON ENVIRONMENT CENTRE

10am – 4pm EVERY MONDAY (except Bank Holidays)

Come for an hour or a day, regularly or whatever time you can spare and please help us to get this centre working happily for the community at large. All kinds of help welcome.

Decorating, Gardening, Filing, Tea-making, D.I.Y, Organising activities, Admin, Cleaning, Artwork, Clearing up, Computing, Fundraising or your own special skill.
Opportunities! Getting involved in the solution is no longer a problem

Call Jean on 020 8549 2698

September 2009 – live webcasts

SEPTEMBER 2009 this is NOT an “archive” its live !

Fabacious Live shows announced for September on our solar powered international ecological streaming 24 hour radio……..

Thurs Sept 10th 9pm The Gaia Show with Bernadette Vallely

Fri Sept 11th

10:30 Music for Kids (Songs and Games for babies and Toddlers from the Music Workshop)

11:10 stories for under 5’s – Stories for Peace with the planet reab by Jackie Chase

11:30 Tom Wright present the ten ten Campaign – Empowering organisations and Individuals to cut their Carbon Emissions by 10% during 2010.

13:00 The All New bRiGhToN pHlUx.

14:00 All you need is love with Louis Louzo (music and dubious wit)

17:00 Alternative Arts and Culture – Sascha Cooper

22:00 Extroadinary Experimental Musicscapes

Sat Sept 12th. 11am Selina’s World.
Sat Sept 12th. 10pm Adult Fun with Sandy
Sun Sept 13. 4pm ‘As I Say’ With John Johnson.

Fri Sept 25th 1pm The All New bRiGhToN PhLuX.
Fri Sept 25th 6pm ‘As I Say’ With John Johnson
Fri Sept 25th 10pm Extroadinary Experimental Musicscapes
Sat Sept 26th. 11am Selina’s World.
Sat Sept 26th. 10pm Adult Fun with Sandy

LISTEN NOW…

http://greenfuturesfestivals.org.uk/greenradio.html

You can listen to to GFF Radio on Winamp, VLC or Windows media Player.
WINAMP OR VLC

http://greenfuturesfestivals.org.uk/greenradio/setup_AAC_aacPlus_plugin_1_0_41.exe
(If this file saves to your drive without running then navigate to where it was saved and double click to activate).

then http://greenfuturesfestivals.org.uk/greenradio/aacplus.asx

Lanidrani Live

Look out for the Kingston Environment Centre  stall at the Fishponds, Surbiton

Lanidrani Live, a festival of music and the arts in Surbiton

Saturday 12th September

1pm – 10pm

Fishponds Park, Surbiton (off the Ewell Road) KT6 6BE

Enchanted Forest theme

Music (including Carrie Tree, Little Sister Blue, sugardrum, Nathan Ball and many more)

Comedy, Arts and Crafts

BBQ and Bar

Children’s entertainment

Magicians and stilt walkers

In the event of rain (well, we are in England) everything will be covered and cosy so don’t let our British weather deter you from joining us for such a beautiful festival, celebrating local talent, encouraging the arts and raising funds and awareness for The Landirani Trust.

Tickets:

£5 each

£15 Family ticket (up to 5 people)

Children under 5 free

All money raised will go to the Landirani Water Project (providing over 40,000 people in Malawi with clean, safe drinking water.)

Lanidrani Live, a festival of music and the arts in Surbiton
Saturday 12th September
1pm – 10pm
Fishponds Park, Surbiton (off the Ewell Road) KT6 6BE
Enchanted Forest theme
Music (including Carrie Tree, Little Sister Blue, sugardrum, Nathan Ball and many more)
Comedy, Arts and Crafts
BBQ and Bar
Children’s entertainment
Magicians and stilt walkers
In the event of rain (well, we are in England) everything will be covered and cosy so don’t let our British weather deter you from joining us for such a beautiful festival, celebrating local talent, encouraging the arts and raising funds and awareness for The Landirani Trust.
Tickets:
£5 each
£15 Family ticket (up to 5 people)
Children under 5 free
All money raised will go to the Landirani Water Project (providing over 40,000 people in Malawi with clean, safe drinking water.)

Transition Town Kingston

 

click to join TTK

click to join TTK

Transition Town Kingston (TTK) is a grass roots initiative set up to help Kingston respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change. We intend to facilitate local and practical solutions to problems thereby helping Kingston to rebuild the resilience we’ve lost as a result of cheap oil and reduce the community’s carbon emissions drastically. 
 
TTK first met a year ago today and formally registerd in August. They are part of the Transition Network which covers the UK and beyond. There are already over 180 transition iniatives in the UK and the movement is spreading fast. Richmond, Epsom and Twickenham are all close to joining.
 
For the past year we have been:
 – concentrating on awareness raising around peak oil, climate change and the need to undertake a community lead process to rebuild resilience and reduce carbon use and emissions; 
 – connecting with existing groups in the community e.g. Kingston Environment Centre,  Kingston Permaculture, Knollmead permaculture site, Eco-Footprint Group, Kingston-uopn-Thames Local Exchange Tradin System (KUTLETS) and many more;
 – building bridges to local government including encouraging the Council to sign up to the Sustainable Communities Act; giving input to the local energy strategy; contributing events to the Council’s ‘Think in Kingston’ and ‘Paint the Town Green’ festivals and much more
 – connecting with other transition initiatives 
 
We are now at the stage where we are starting to form groups to facilitate local food production and will then move on to all the other key areas of life (energy, transport, health, heart & soul, economics & livelihoods, etc) 

 

 

click to join TTK

click to join TTK

Parkfields Community Allotment

Sunday 19 April 9 – 10 am

 

Parkfields Community Garden

Big bunch of Greater Celandine near the back gate in early bloom.Ground cover is now nettles and goose grass (pale green sticky hairy stuff) Nettles are nearly a foot high in some places. Brambles also starting to show leaves.

Young planted trees near edge are coming into leaf at edge, either hazel or beech. There is a copper beech in leaf too, and a few bluebells. One or two bees dart about very fast, too fast ti identify. There are not many flowers for them here. The Three willows are in leaf and with catkins. See a fox, very scrawny with an underdeveloped brush. It is aware of my presence. It investigates the base of the willow tree, is it investigating the rubbish or looking for a resting place. After it heads off I continue walking consciously trying to make discovery paths in the undergrowth. I discover a dead fox. Hope it decays more before it gets hot this summer. 

The willow in the bottom left hand corner looks inviting for little people to climb. If has a wide fork with a flat base. Interesting shapes and holes in its base look like potential homes for wild creatures.

Need to bring next time:

Work Gloves, builders bags, rubble sacks. Loppers.Need to decide on a plan of clearance, and what waste items are resources to be stockpiled for use. Items on site include 2 metal water tanks, one leaky and one containing water. Rubble. Sticks for use as poles, border edgings, bag full of rotted down bark, wood, child’s bike, pallet.

 

I’d like us to have a picnic there before too long with people interested in developing it as a Community Allotment. I am going to propose Monday 4 may starting at mid day and finishing around 2pm bring food to share.