‘Spring’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –          
   When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;          
   Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush          
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring          
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing; 
   The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush          
   The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush          
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.  

Elections: Making the Right Choice

As an organisation, we try to stay politically neutral, aware that our Members support competing parties. However, we are all united in our commitment to saving the planet and if we hope to achieve the target set by the Council last month when they unanimously declared a Climate Emergency, we have to ensure that we put the right councillors in place. With this in mind, a list has been compiled of people standing this year who will fight to uphold the declaration. Please share these names, talk to friends, family and neighbours, encourage them to vote and don’t forget to vote yourselves! If you have any more names to add, please email admin@hgnetwork.org

Ward Name Party
Belmont Rural Tracy Bowes IOC
Birch Toni Fagan Green
Bishops Frome and Cradley Ellie Chowns Green
Bromyard West Alan Seldon IOC
Central Jeremy Milln Green
College Kath Hey IOC
Dinedor Hill David Summers IOC
Eign Hill Elizabeth Foxton IOC
Golden Valley North Jennie Hewitt Ind
Greyfriars Diana Toynbee Green
Hampton John Harrington IOC
Kerne Bridge Yolande Watson Ind
Kington Martin Fitton Ind
Ledbury North Liz Harvey IOC
Leominster East Jenny Bartlett Green
Leominster North and Rural Tessa Smith-Winnard Green
Leominster South Trish Marsh Green
Leominster West Felicity Norman Green
Llangarron Maggie Setterfield Green
Mortimer Michael Guest IOC
Old Gore Rob Palgrave Green
Penyard William Wilding Ind
Red Hill Amanda Martin Ind
Ross East Andrew Hotson IOC
Ross West Robert Taylor Ind
Three Crosses Rebecca Tully Green
Whitecross Sue Boulter IOC
Widemarsh Paul Stevens IOC
Wormside Carole Protherough Green
Ross East (Town Council) Kristina Jamieson Green
College (City Council) Natalia Waring Green

International Rebellion Week Begins on Monday 15th of April

Read the latest from Extinction Rebellion below:

Welcome to the 19th Extinction Rebellion Newsletter!

It’s finally here: the International Rebellion is now just days away. For the details of what’s coming in London, we’ve released a comprehensive guide packed with useful information including a map, a timeline, and a legal overview. We’ll also be giving live briefings, including trainings in NVDA and regen, and a legal observer training over the weekend.

The buildup is already well underway: following an amazing action from XR Youth (see below), Extinction Rebellion Fashion Action will be shutting radically repurposing Oxford Circus this Friday. The following day, the Earth March will be arriving on the outskirts of London; Sunday will be the final stretch of their awe-inspiring journey – if you’re in London on the weekend, please join them to show your support!

Eagle-eyed rebels will have noticed that some of the above links lead to our wonderful new website, which went live earlier this week. As the pace of news accelerates next week, you’ll be able to find daily updates on the website, courtesy of the newsletter team.

And for those pondering the many exciting and nerve-wracking possibilities which next week may hold in store, now might be a good time to read an articlewritten by one of our members, about about the first major action in November. We don’t know what exactly will happen on Monday – but we know it’ll be exhilarating, sincere, and rooted in a profound love for each other and the planet.

You can check out local upcoming events on our website at rebellion.earth/events. If you can’t spare time, but can donate money instead, please see our fundraiser page

Calor Community Fund

21 Community Grants available this year! Here is what they say:

How can we help?
Whether you’re looking to redecorate your community centre or
village hall, buy some new equipment for a youth club or a scout
group, we’d love to hear from you.

How does it work?
Applications for funding open on 5th March and close on 29th
April 2019. Once the application period has closed, projects that
receive the most votes online will be shortlisted in their category
and a team of impartial judges will select the winning entries.
This year we’ve also partnered with Crowdfunder to enable
projects to raise additional funds – including matchfunding!

Projects already benefitting
We’ve already boosted a variety of community projects around
the UK. These include everything from providing new books
for bright young sparks at a rural school library to new play
equipment for a community park. You can read more about
previous year’s winners on our website.

For more details click here

A Carbon Neutral Herefordshire?

The Herefordshire Green Network Gathering on the 17th April will equip us all to respond to Herefordshire Council’s recent declaration of a climate emergency and the accompanying aspiration that Herefordshire should be carbon neutral by 2030.

Led by local experts looking at local issues and offering local measurable solutions, this workshop will inform HGN Members, local councillors and members of the public about the next steps for Herefordshire. 

It will be an opportunity to get some answers: what does carbon neutral even mean….?  What would it look like in Herefordshire? And where would we start….? 

Join Herefordshire Green Network for this free, informal and interactive workshop at 7.30pm in the Garden Room, Left Bank, Hereford, HR4 9DG.

The Climate Communication Project

The Climate Communication Project is a collaboration between academics and practitioners working on public engagement with climate change. Through an ‘audit’ of UK capacity and expertise on climate change communication, a synthesis of key research findings, and by listening to a range of community groups’ views and needs, the Climate Communication Project is producing a new resource that will help catalyse public engagement with climate change. 

For more information click here

And for recommendations about our own climate change communications see below:

RESONATE WITH THE AUDIENCE: POSITION CLIMATE CHANGE AS PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE Find out what the audience knows; what their values, beliefs and attitudes are, and build/tailor engagement around this. Connect with what matters to them, use shared language and trusted, credible communicators where possible. Make communications personally relevant and familiar. Show how it will affect the audience directly (e.g. make links to human health, politics, everyday activities).

SHIFT FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO SPECIFIC AUDIENCES A shift towards more specialist or targeted activities is a potentially important future direction for the field. Practitioners highly valued receiving positive responses, high turnouts, stimulating engagement and dialogue, reaching a new audience and successfully tailoring engagement. Currently however, practitioners are mainly reaching out to the general public.

BE ENGAGING AND BUILD BALANCED OPTIMISM: FOCUS ON DIALOGUE AND CO-PRODUCTION Hold people’s attention, be concise, get to the crux of the communication quickly and make it interesting. Practitioners recommended using visuals, stories, narrative, humour and other creative forms of engagement to build a sense of optimism about tackling climate change. Two-way dialogue is crucial: learn together, avoid preachy, ‘didactic’ communication, and don’t persuade forcefully.

INCREASE AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING: PROVIDE SCIENTIFIC CLARITY AND ACCURACY Stick to the well established areas of science, repeat the basics, and be accurate. Be as simple and direct as the science allows.

CATALYSE CHANGE: NURTURE AGENCY AND EMPOWERMENT Help the audience to realise what they can do themselves and realise key actions they can take; encouraging a sense of control and efficacy. Catalysing change could be a conversation, a behaviour or getting politically active.

SCIENTISTS CAN HAVE OPINIONS Robust scientific evidence should be at the heart of climate communication, but this doesn’t mean scientists can’t advocate for policies or use evocative communication methods. Engaging with audience values, and using creative and storytelling approaches were judged by most as being valid and effective approaches to climate change communication – not simply ‘sticking to the facts’.

INVESTING IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE IS IMPORTANT One of the key areas for improvement that practitioners identified was around the frequent absence of evaluation or longer term follow-ups to measure whether activities were effective or not. But evaluation requires investment in the infrastructure for public engagement, and support for communicators from across a range of sectors to do their work effectively.

MAINTAIN AND BUILD LINKS BETWEEN RESEARCH AND PRACTICE As the Climate Communication Project moves forward, with the aim of securing further support to build on our initial conclusions over the coming years, we will continue to provide evidence-based resources for climate communicators, maintaining and strengthening links between research and practice around public engagement with climate change.

From ‘Young Lambs’ by John Clare

The spring is coming by a many signs;
The trays are up, the hedges broken down,
That fenced the haystack, and the remnant shines
Like some old antique fragment weathered brown.
And where suns peep, in every sheltered place,
The little early buttercups unfold
A glittering star or two–till many trace
The edges of the blackthorn clumps in gold.

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