Hurray! Rampion gets go ahead for wind farm off Brighton and Hove!!

by on Aug.17, 2014, under News

Ram­pion Cur­rent Status

We’ve now been awar­ded con­sent to con­struct and oper­ate Ram­pion Off­shore Wind Farm. Con­sent has been given for a wind farm of between 100 and 175 tur­bines to be installed off the Sus­sex coast. We’ll be updat­ing these pages soon with more information.

If you’d like to view our final pro­pos­als, please click the links below.

The Ram­pion Pro­ject Update (April 2013) and Ram­pion April 2013 News­let­ter provide an over­view of the con­sulta­tion feed­back and the final pro­pos­als, includ­ing the key changes we’ve made.

For any other enquir­ies about the Ram­pion pro­ject, please email us at or call 01273 603 721.


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Latest news on our Pledge to Save the NHS

by on Aug.13, 2014, under News


Our Pledge to Save the NHS! What you can do now.…

Sus­sex Defend the NHS and Brighton & Hove Keep Our NHS Pub­lic are seek­ing sup­port from local Uni­ons and Com­munity Groups for their Pledge to Save the NHS (attached here).  It’s aimed at pro­spect­ive par­lia­ment­ary and coun­cil can­did­ates, and the cam­paign to get them to sign it will be launched at the end of the sum­mer, with press events, a web site, let­ter writ­ing and a hust­ings planned lead­ing up to the elec­tions in 2015.
We’ve got off to a good start: so far we’ve secured sup­port from the GMB, Brighton & Hove NUJ, Uni­son Sus­sex Part­ner­ship Branch, Brighton & Hove Uni­son, Brighton & Hove People’s Assembly, and Brighton & Hove Trades Coun­cil. And there are more in the pipeline. (We’ll be adding logos shortly)
Are you a Trade Union mem­ber? If so, please raise sup­port­ing our Pledge to Save the NHS with your branch so that we can add your Logo and show the local par­lia­ment­ary and coun­cil can­did­ates where their pri­or­it­ies should lie. We’d be happy to provide a speaker at your next branch meet­ing to tell you more about our campaign.
And if you are a mem­ber of a Com­munity Group, please see if it will lend its sup­port too.
Events com­ing up

Can you join us? Let us know if you can help out for a while at any of these stalls or if you plan to come to our meet­ings. We also have work­ing groups for our Roll of Dis­hon­our, Pledge to save the NHS, & SMS cam­paigns, if that is more your style. Let us know!


Sat 6 Sept

999 Call for the NHSPeople’s #march4nhs Rally for end of march from Jarrow

West­min­ster Lon­don– details to follow

Tues 9 Sept 

 Health and Well Being Board

4pm Hove Town Hall

(lobby for SMS tbc)

Tues 9 Sept

Sus­sex Defend the NHS organ­ising meet

7pm Brighthelm Centre

Wed 10 Sept           

Health Over­view and Scru­tiny Committee

4pm Hove Town Hall

Tues 23 Sept

B&H Clin­ical Com­mis­sion­ing Group Board and AGM

2–4.30 & 4.30−6 Brighthelm Centre

Tues 14th Oct

Health and Well­being Board

4pm Hove Town Hall

Thurs 16th Oct

Policy and Resources Committee

4pm Hove Town Hall
Cupp Sem­inar: ‘The NHS Cit­izen’ with Simon Bur­all and Anthony Zachar­zewski
1.30 — 2.30pm, Fri­day 10th Octo­ber — A500 Check­land Build­ing, Falmer cam­pus
Simon and Anthony are part of a lar­ger part­ner­ship devel­op­ing NHS Cit­izen<>. A national sys­tem of pub­lic and patient engage­ment being developed to hold the Board of NHS Eng­land to account. While the sys­tem is national, most patients and cit­izens exper­i­ence the health ser­vice at a local level. This sem­inar will explore how the sys­tem is being designed to work and will invite par­ti­cipants to draw on their exper­i­ence, expert­ise and know­ledge to help answer ques­tions about whether and how such sys­tems can plug into local spaces where cit­izens are already debat­ing health and social care. Simon is the Dir­ector of Involve<> and Anthony is Dir­ector of Dem­soc<> and both are involved in numer­ous innov­a­tions to enhance civic participation.

This sem­inar is free and open to all but advance book­ing is required. Refresh­ments will be avail­able.
Book on to this event<>


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The LOOming Eco Crisis

by on Aug.13, 2014, under News

Centre for Altern­at­ive Tech­no­logy media officer Kim Bryan explores the impacts of the loom band craze

Its a ques­tion that has been both­er­ing me for a while as I watch my son Neru glee­fully pro­duce another brace­let for his already covered arm. Surely these things must have an envir­on­mental impact. I stuck my head in the sand and got on with enjoy­ing my son’s abund­ant cre­ativ­ity. The thing is, I work at CAT and even­tu­ally the nig­gly voice took over; this is what I found out.

Every­where you go these days you see them – on trains and buses, at play parks, lib­rar­ies and schools: tiny col­our­ful elastic bands being trans­formed into a myriad of dif­fer­ent things. The loom band craze has taken of at a phe­nom­enal rate; kids every­where are get­ting cre­at­ive and mak­ing  jew­ellery with these easy to use and appeal­ing elastic bands.


Yet the envir­on­mental con­sequences of loom bands are becom­ing increas­ingly appar­ent. A surge in demand has led to the devel­op­ment of new plant­a­tions in East Asia, with act­iv­ists point­ing toair and water pol­lu­tion from the pro­duc­tion pro­cess. Animal wel­fare groups have soun­ded the alarm of the threat to animal and mar­ine life. In addi­tion, the loom bands are not recyclable.

Loom uses non-latex rub­ber, which means the bands are a syn­thetic product made largely from sil­ic­one. Syn­thetic mater­i­als require less land to pro­duce, but they aren’t renew­able, as nat­ural rub­ber is. Recyc­ling con­sult­ants WasteCon­nect said loom bands are a grow­ing problem;

They can’t be recycled and when a child does even­tu­ally get bored with them and the craze dies out, they will just be tak­ing up space. I really don’t know what can be done with them that would solve the grow­ing problem.”

In the Phil­ip­pines animal wel­fare organ­isa­tion PAWS has warned pet own­ers to keep their pets away from loom bands due to the risk of intest­inal obstruc­tion. In the US some veter­in­ari­ans have treated dogs and cats with severe vomit­ing or diarrhea caused by ingest­ing one or more loom bands. If the animal swal­lows sev­eral bands, an intest­inal block­age can form, a prob­lem that can become fatal without sur­gery. Cats, which have smal­ler digest­ive pas­sages, are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­able. The bands are also dif­fi­cult to spot on an X-ray, mak­ing dia­gnosis a challenge.


Wild­life can exper­i­ence the same effects from elastic bands,  ducks are among the most vul­ner­able creatures, with the bands get­ting wrapped around their beaks or necks . The anim­als some­times ingest the bands, which can cause prob­lems as they pass through the digest­ive tract. Paul, dir­ector of con­ser­va­tion at the National Mar­ine Aquar­ium in Ply­mouth, said: “’Loom bands, like any plastic item, are cap­able of per­sist­ing in the envir­on­ment for many, many years and there is abund­ant evid­ence of small plastic items mak­ing their way into the diets of mar­ine anim­als and seabirds with tra­gic con­sequences. I’d be par­tic­u­larly wor­ried about loom bands being taken to the beach, due to the like­li­hood of them get­ting into the sea.”

In the US, an online peti­tion has been set up call­ing for a ban on the bands until they can be ‘pro­duced and recycled in an environmentally-sustainable way’. The peti­tion says:

Sur­ging demand for Rain­bow Looms has led to the devel­op­ment of new rub­ber plant­a­tions in East Asia. Not only does rub­ber pro­duc­tion task the regional envir­on­ment, but it also con­trib­utes to air and water pol­lu­tion. The syn­thetic mater­i­als used to pro­duce the looms are not renew­able or recyclable.”

The Centre for Altern­at­ive Tech­no­logy runs kids’ activ­it­ies through­out the sum­mer that make recycled green jew­ellery. There are some really easy to ideas on line that use nat­ural mater­i­als such as clay, stones, shells, yarn, etc. Friend­ships bands used to be a huge phe­nomenon and involve plait­ing col­oured pieces of thread together, res­ult­ing in a mini work of art that is bio­de­grad­able, easy to do and much more envir­on­ment­ally sus­tain­able.  Bet­ter get the yarn out then!


Media Depart­ment
Machynlleth, POW SY20 9AZ
United Kingdom


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Listen Here: UNA Peter Crowhurst North Laines Community Association

by on Jun.22, 2014, under News

The speaker this time at the United Nations Asso­ci­ation Meet­ing was Peter Crowhurst, who is a retired his­tory teacher and the cur­rent Chair of the North Laine Com­munity Asso­ci­ation in Brighton.


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What Climate Change propaganda is/isn’t telling us…

by on May.26, 2014, under News

Graph depict­ing the increased pres­ence of Meth­ane, Car­bon Diox­ide and Nitrous Oxide, all of which pose a dir­ect threat to the polar ice caps and cli­mate at large.

With the increased pres­ence of the Green Party in both Europe and on our own turf after the recent elec­tions, the cli­mate change dia­logue is becom­ing more and more trans­par­ent. Below are links to two pieces of pro­pa­ganda: the first being the Exxon Out­look for Energy 2040, a pub­lic­a­tion aimed at Exxon share­hold­ers and the politi­cians who work for them; the second being a report from the Arc­tic Meth­ane Emer­gency Group, backed by sci­ence and sci­ence alone.

The former makes no men­tion of meth­ane and fails to acknow­ledge the rap­idly accel­er­at­ing cli­mate change crisis. The lat­ter uses inform­a­tion from the IPCC to try and identify areas of weak­ness and for­mu­late some pro­gres­sion from where we are now, pla­cing ser­i­ous cata­strophe within a four year reach. Who are you going to believe?

Down­load the Exxon report here:

View and share the AMEG inform­a­tion here:


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LISTEN HERE:Caroline Lucas MP presents In Our Hands: Public Services for People recorded at Brighthelm May 2nd

by on May.02, 2014, under News


In Our Hands:

Pub­lic Ser­vices for People

at Brighthelm Church & Com­munity Centre

Inspired by national cam­paign ‘We Own It’, Car­oline Lucas MP and a panel of high pro­file speak­ers explored why pub­lic ser­vices should be brought back into pub­lic hands. They dis­cussed how to do this and and how to ensure that the private com­pan­ies cur­rently run­ning everything from our NHS and pub­lic trans­port to our schools and bene­fits sys­tem are more account­able and transparent.

- See more at:

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Get to know and support the ONCA Gallery!

by on Apr.26, 2014, under News, Uncategorized

Listen here to our inter­view with Lauren Davis from the ONCA Gallery.

ONCA is One Net­work for Con­ser­va­tion and the Arts”. They are “a gal­lery and a possibility, filled with paint­ings, stor­ies and songs, with artists, volun­teers, innov­at­ors, teach­ers, per­formers, philo­soph­ers and conservationists…”.

Seems inter­est­ing? Check their web­site, and sup­port their crowd fund­ing cam­paign! -

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Listen here to Brenda Pollack FoE response to West Sussex allowing Cuadrilla more drilling/fracking exporation

by on Apr.17, 2014, under News


LISTEN HERE Inter­view with Brenda Pol­lack, Friends of the Earth on West Sus­sex County Coun­cil decision to per­mit Cuad­rilla fur­ther explor­at­ory drilling at Bal­combe.             We’ve just heard from the court in Brighton where five Bal­combe anti-fracking protest­ors includ­ing Car­oline Lucas MP are on trial. And the ver­dict is… NOT GUILTY! We hope that you’re as happy as we are with this fant­astic news. But we’re not cel­eb­rat­ing quite yet. As Car­oline Lucas said this after­noon from out­side the court in Brighton: “We are pleased that the court upheld our right to peace­fully protest against frack­ing, but this judge­ment is not a vic­tory. We will con­tinue to cam­paign to end frack­ing and cel­eb­rate when that has been achieved.” “In the light of the UN’s latest report on cli­mate change, it is clearer than ever that the only safe and respons­ible thing to do with shale gas is to leave it in the ground.” “All five of us would like to thank every­one who has turned up to sup­port us and thank the thou­sands of people who have sent let­ters, emails and tweets to express their sup­port.” You can read Caroline’s full reac­tion to the not-guilty ver­dict here. BBC — ‘Green MP Car­oline Lucas cleared over Frack­ing Protest’ Huff­ing­ton Post — ‘Lucas found Not Guilty Over Anti-Fracking Protest’

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Listen Here : Let’s Accelerate With Particles!!

by on Apr.14, 2014, under News

Thank you to the Uni of Sus­sex dept of Phys­ics and astro­nomy for let­ting us share this lec­ture from a pub­lic meet­ing April 10th. LISTEN HERE

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Listen Here: Big Green Interview with Warren Carter of Moulscoomb Community Garden

by on Apr.14, 2014, under News



Moulse­coomb Forest Garden Pro­ject is a small award win­ning char­ity that packs a big punch in East Brighton.

Our com­munity gar­dens are a melt­ing pot of people and our work tar­gets some of the cit­ies most troubled young­sters. We’ve been going nearly 20 years and have got an impress­ive track record. Now we are begin­ning to be able to offer pupils the chance to get qual­i­fic­a­tions, our work has become even more important. 

So we are ask­ing if you can help make us as sus­tain­able as the fruit and veget­ables we grow.

We cur­rently raise £130 a month through our Friends of the Forest Garden fund where people make monthly stand­ing orders. We would love to get this to £500 before Christmas.

So could you afford £2 or more a month and save us from end­less grant applic­a­tions so we can get on with the job that we are good at.

£2 a month will buy all our broad bean seeds for the year 
£5 a month will buy us a new wheel­bar­row and fork
£10 a month will buy us all our seed pota­toes for the year

We aren’t a big char­ity. None of us are on a big wage. We don’t have an office. Our over­heads are low. Our advert­ising budget is zero. We rely on good­will and free­bies and some fant­astic volun­teers to get by. That’s not to say we aren’t professional!

We do charge schools for our ser­vices and self-generate 35% of our funds. 

If you become a Friend not only will you get that warm feel­ing of mak­ing a big dif­fer­ence, but you will be the first to find out details of our events and get an invite to our Christ­mas party where it always snows!


Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Bio­sphere Part­ner­ship have sub­mit­ted a bid to UNESCO to become the UK’s new­est Bio­sphere Reserve. The bid doc­u­ments are the end product of two years’ work by part­ners. To mark the occa­sion, Chris Todd, chair of the Bio­sphere Part­ner­ship, handed over the bid doc­u­ments to James Bridge, Chief Exec­ut­ive of the UK National Com­mis­sion for UNESCO (UKNC), at an event in Brighton.

It is hoped that becom­ing a Bio­sphere Reserve will drive up envir­on­mental stand­ards by inspir­ing people to get involved with their local envir­on­ment and encour­age pub­lic and private and vol­un­tary bod­ies to work more closely together. This will help improve the qual­ity of life for res­id­ents, while also mak­ing it a more attract­ive place to visit.

Read the bid here.

The pro­posed Bio­sphere Reserve cov­ers the whole area between the River Adur and the River Ouse, includ­ing extend­ing 2 naut­ical miles out to sea. To the north it fol­lows the South Downs National Park boundary. It has almost exactly the same area as the Isle of Wight.

Chris Todd, Chair of the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Bio­sphere Part­ner­ship said:

We’ve brought together a grow­ing wide range of part­ners who have been inspired by the bid. This has already improved net­work­ing within and around the area. A suc­cess­ful out­come can only strengthen this part­ner­ship and will hope­fully inspire more people to get involved with their local environment.”

James Bridge of the UK National Com­mis­sion for UNESCO said:

We’re proud to endorse the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Bio­sphere bid. The bid high­lights the area’s out­stand­ing envir­on­ment.  It is worth adding that our most recent study shows that the UK’s five exist­ing Bio­sphere Reserves gen­er­ate an estim­ated annual fin­an­cial bene­fit to the UK of £2.3 million.”

The UKNC has endorsed the Bio­sphere bid.

A Bio­sphere Reserve is an inter­na­tional site of excel­lence to bring together nature con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment in prac­tice, as a work­ing example of a more bal­anced rela­tion­ship between people and nature. The UK cur­rently has five Bio­sphere Reserves.

Find out more about the bid at

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