A message from Jeremy Leggett

Friends, colleagues and esteemed contacts

Things are moving so fast. Most of us are so busy. This slide show offers one person’s precis-for-the-busy of the first three months of 2018 in the related dramas of climate change, energy transition, big tech and the future of civilisation.

For the powerpoint version, with source urls, see www.jeremyleggett.net

 

Thanks to Rick Guest for sharing this very interesting collection…

Falling fossil fuel emissions!

Carbon Brief analysis shows the UK’s CO2 emissions from fossil fuels fell by 2.6% in 2017, driven by a 19% decline in coal use. This follows on the heels of a larger 5.8% drop in CO2 in 2016, which saw a record 52% drop in coal use.

The UK’s total CO2 emissions are currently 38% below 1990 levels and are now as low as emissions were back in 1890 – the year the Forth Bridge opened in Scotland and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray was published.

These findings are based on Carbon Brief analysis of newly released Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) energy use figures.

The post UK carbon emissions in 2017 fell to levels last seen in 1890!

 

Thanks to Caplor Energy for this positive news.

Ecological Footprinting

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On Wednesday March 21st we are handing the HGN Gathering over to Pete Linnell who will run a session on ecological foot printing:

“Personal, Planetary, Political”

Whoever you vote for, whatever creed you live by, what really matters is the consequences of the choices you make.

The evening will outline a broad range of sustainability goals and critique a selection of indicator tools intended to test for achieving them. This examination will help us understand what effect our lives are having here and now and on everyone in the future, and include a nod to bleeding-edge policymaking and practice from other jurisdictions.

There will be a practical session on ecological foot printing (this is big picture stuff – NOT just carbon) – more on this before the 21st!

And Pete will also share some thoughts about existing policies in Wales and potential for adopting them in England.

 

Put the date in your diaries! Wednesday 21st March, 7.30pm – in our new home for our HGN Gatherings, the unexpectedly lovely Garden Room at Left Bank Village, Hereford, HR4 9DG.

To the Ends of the Earth..

Those of you who enjoyed the thought provoking script of the film HGN showed at The Courtyard last week might like to follow this link to a transcript of the film itself! What they can’t do these days.

Gordon Coppock also sent over this link for those of you who would be interested to read more about the energy cost of energy.

Compost Toilets for Rural Churches

An innovative way of providing accessible toilets for churches without mains drainage… and a wonderful way of helping people experience the reality of water free toilet systems.

Click here to be inspired: www.natsol.co.uk

The Bentley Effect

Herefordshire Greenpeace are showing the film The Bentley Effect, where a small Australian community stands up to an energy giant which wants to frack in their back yard – and wins!

A must see for anyone with an interest in our U.K. fracking situation.

In attendance will be Meg Nielson, resident and key Bentley activist, who will give a short talk and answer questions.

Friday 16th February at De Koffie Pot, Hereford. 6.00 pm. All welcome!

To The Ends of the Earth

Thanks to all of you who came along to the HGN film showing at The Courtyard on Thursday night – and especially those who stayed and contributed to a very interesting discussion afterwards.

It seems the film offered a thought provoking but only fleetingly uplifting view of the challenges we face. We currently have the extraordinary opportunity to “change by design or change by disaster” .. how will we use it?

In recognition that we need new stories to help us bridge the gulf between here and ‘de-growth’ our discussions explored the successes of the Island of Lewis, and the potential for more community energy in Herefordshire.

Toni Fagan highlighted the need to safeguard and retrofit local community assets such as our village halls and churches, and Gordon Coppock mentioned a couple of potential funders for these local projects – the M&S Energy Fund and Power to Change funding, both of which are currently closed for applications but there is lots of useful advice for communities here.

We also discussed possible help with neighbourhood plans to address issues with footpath and cycleways in our towns and villages, and Wendy Cotton mentioned that CSE in Bristol are currently able to offer support and advice to communities. Click here for more information.

Our next HGN film showing at The Courtyard on 12th April at 8pm will be An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power …another “necessary essay from the sharp end of the global warming crisis”…

In the meantime lets keep developing our new stories of hope and change at the muddy green grassroots of Herefordshire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of the Wreckage

For those of you with an hour to spare and in need of some thought provocation – click here for a Gaia Foundation talk given by George Monbiot illuminating the fundamental role community has to play in creating a ‘politics of belonging’ that helps us, and Nature, to thrive.

“George provides a thrilling and positive vision, and the hope and clarity required to change the world.”

Click here for more about the Gaia Foundation.

 

STOP PRESS! Join a showing of this short film followed by a discussion about how we find a “restoration story” for the 21st century to generate real change. De Koffie Pot, Wednesday 30th January at 7.30pm, hosted by Herefordshire Green Party.

Aspirations, fears and sheer gut instinct…

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An interesting series of blog posts on the Transition Network website is exploring the ways we communicate about climate change:

“A relentless focus on the science of climate change has swamped the climate and energy discourse, displacing other equally important dimensions of the issue: economics, culture and psychological or social dynamics. And it has proved a stilted vocabulary with which to describe and discuss the issue that will define the twenty-first century” (Corner and Clarke, ‘Talking Climate’, 2017).

And the alternatives…?

According to author Kate Heath “… everyone who is talking about talking about climate recommends, fundamentally, taking a values-up approach – finding common ground in deep values common to us all, and working upwards from there…”

Read the whole blog post here. 

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