Make, Do and Mend in Herefordshire

Could your local community benefit from a Make, Do and Mend event?

Herefordshire Green Network is coordinating a series of sustainability events across Herefordshire and we need volunteers to make it happen.

Whether you’re a skilled fixer, passionate about sustainability or a keen coordinator we’d love to hear from you. Please email events@hgnetwork.org to find out more.

A Farewell,

It is with much sadness that I prepare to leave my role of Administrator of HGN today. I feel so lucky to have had this time with such a wonderful organisation, a small but mighty force in this beautiful county. I am handing over the reigns to my successor, Kate Bull, who will be writing her own introduction when she takes over on the week of the 17th of June. The new Administrator will be at the Members’ Meeting on the 19th of June, so please come along to meet her.

Please be mindful that this means that there will be a week where HGN will have no administrator at all, so please be patient if you need to get in touch with us or need something done.

I’m so happy and grateful to be succeeded by someone so capable, who will no doubt hit the ground running!

I look forward to continuing to be part of HGN as a member of the Steering Group and joining all the members as we continue in our fight for this county and it’s future.

All that’s left to be said is, have a lovely weekend and see you all at future HGN events!

Alice

Members’ Meeting, 19th of June

Please come along to Gwynne House (to the left as you enter De Koffie Pot) for another Members’ Meeting, from 5.30pm (expected to finish at 7pm). Here we will talk about our plans for the year ahead, including the Great Collaboration.

We hope to see lots of you there!

In Response to Trump

After the President of the United States decided to darken our doors with his enlightened views on the environment, here are a couple of articles that respond to his claims on the climate breakdown.

The first gives eight reasons as to why his claims are ‘misstatements’.

The other gives a bleak view of what could happen should his world view not change.


British Bathing Water Near Bottom of European League Table

Living near such clear, clean rivers, it’s easy to forget the high level of pollution in the waters around us. A study has shown that our beaches have some of the dirtiest water in the continent with very little improvement since last year. Only four countries are ranked below Britain, with beaches such as those in Worthing and Bognor Regis rated lowest in the country. Overall, about 85% of the water is rated ‘excellent’ but this is still letting down the delicate ecosystems that rely on its cleanliness. With so much uncertainty, one wonders if we’ll see another year of little change.


Transition Leominster and the Energy Descent Action Plan

Thursday 13th June 7.00pm at Leominster Community Centre, School Road HR6 8NJ.
Transition Leominster is the local group working towards an equitable, sustainable and resilient Leominster. We are all much more aware now of things like plastic in the oceans, air pollution and the need to reduce our carbon footprints. In response, the UK Government, Herefordshire Council and Leominster Town Council have all recently declared Climate Emergencies. What does this mean and what should we do next? What are the challenges and opportunities in moving towards a more sustainable future and a greener economy?
Transition Leominster are creating an ‘Energy Descent Action Plan’, a route map to help us all identify the steps we can take towards a zero carbon Leominster. Join us and like minded partners in the Herefordshire Green Network for a brain storming session to map out what we can do to make a difference in our town. This is a free event and refreshments are provided. For more information please email transitionleominster@gmail.com or phone Jenny 01568 368509

HGN Film Night at the Courtyard: Join Us!

The Courtyard will be showing a wonderful film called Aga on the 12th of June at 8pm– why not come along?

What’s it all about?

Living in a yurt in the frozen expanses of Siberia, an elderly Yakut couple, Sedna and Nanook, seem to be the last people living the traditional way, cutting holes in the ice to fish and trapping foxes. As they observe the flight of the ravens and the occasional ghostly reindeer, both signs that climate change is making their difficult lives even more precarious, their biggest sorrow is that their daughter Ága has left to work in the diamond mine. Best seen on the big screen to appreciate the majestic cinematography of a dying way of life, this moving tale is full of memorable images, with moments of great beauty, charm and dry humour.

“a winning combination of the cozily intimate and the sublimely epic.” Hollywood Reporter

Winner Best Director Award Eurasian Film Festival 201

In partnership with Wales One World Festival

Here’s for the trailer.

Book here!

Power Beyond Borders: An Invitation from Reclaim the Power!

Right now, our world is at the precipice of many tipping points. The problems we face are huge in scale but people and communities all over this earth are taking action to challenge and dismantle the system that is threatening to push us over the edge.

This July, will you join us at Power Beyond Borders  a mass action camp in South East England where we will take direct action against new gas infrastructure driving climate breakdown, and show solidarity with migrants at the sharp edge of the UK’s Hostile Environment?

Taking action

Reclaim the Power is a national network dedicated to working towards social, economic and climate justice through direct action. This camp will follow in the tradition of RtP’s previous camps and take on the infrastructure locking us in to climate breakdown.

This year, we’re focusing on Drax Power and their plans to build the UK’s largest gas-fired power station this autumn. If this happens, our energy system will be tied to fossil fuels for decades, condemning us to catastrophic climate breakdown. Instead, we need to grab our chance to transform our energy system to one that meets people’s needs while using much less power, all of it clean and renewable.

We are in the middle of a climate emergency, and the effects are already being felt, by those who have done least to cause it. It’s now up to us to turn off the gas and show investors and the government what real climate action looks like. Will you join us this summer?

Showing solidarity

The camp will also be a step in a new direction for RtP. Based on the aims drawn up by some of the groups most affected, we are working with other groups to create a space for us to collaboratively learn how to challenge the Hostile Environment for migrants through self-education, exchange, skill-share and network building.

The process of organising this camp is a steep learning curve for us. We aim to be open and honest with ourselves and tread carefully as we learn more about the power, privileges and oppressions that are embedded in the context of our work, the aims of this camp and our own ways of thinking and behaving. We recognise that this takes hard work and commitment.

Would you be interested in being a part of Power Beyond Borders?

There will be plenty of ways to get involved at the camp itself, including contributing in workshops and skillshares as well as the option to participate in direct action against new gas infrastructure.

At this stage, it is vital that we get the message out as far and wide as possible, especially in the South East. Is this something you could help us with? We’ve put together a promo pack filled with flyers, posters, draft tweets, social media posts and a draft email, which you can find and download on Google Drive:

We’d love you to use the pack to share details about the camp through your networks. Over the next few days, we’ll also be sharing our new promo video on our social media channels, so do keep an eye out!

Practical info

The camp will take place from 26 to 31st July at a secret location in the South East of England, which will be revealed closer to the time. We are working hard to make it as accessible as possible.

There will be coaches to and from the camp leaving from both London and Brighton. Keep an eye on the Facebook page or contact us on powerbeyondborders@protonmail.com to find out if any transport is being arranged from your area, or if you are interested in organising transport. If you’re a big group, and you’re based outside London or Brighton, you may want to arrange your own minibus.

You can read more about the camp on our Facebook event, and of course click attending so we know you’re coming! And you can read more about Reclaim the Power on our website.

If you would like more information, have any questions or would like us to come and run a workshop to give more details about Power Beyond Borders, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at powerbeyondborders@protonmail.com.

We hope to hear from you and see you in July!

In Solidarity,

Sarah
On behalf of Reclaim the Power

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