15 Campaigners from Balcombe, Barton Moss and across the country have blockaded both entrances to the IGas headquarters, 7 Down Street, Westminster, London, W1J 7AJ. Police have arrived at the site alongside security, but look unlikely to act soon.
http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/uncategorized/my-quick-status-post-2/ — in London, United Kingdom.
BREAKING!Cuadrilla’s Blackpool offices have been occupied: https://www.facebook.com/britainandirelandfrackfree/photos/a.450730781619619.127432.412063865486311/943041179055241/?type=1&theaterRathlin’s Crawberry Hill site gates have been blockaded: https://www.facebook.com/britainandirelandfrackfree/photos/a.450730781619619.127432.412063865486311/943035289055830/?type=1&theater… See More
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.
For any other enquiries about the Rampion project, please email us at email@example.com or call 01273 603 721.
Our Pledge to Save the NHS! What you can do now.…
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 NHS –People’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<http://www.nhscitizen.org.uk/>. 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<http://www.involve.org.uk/> and Anthony is Director of Demsoc<http://www.demsoc.org/> 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<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
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!
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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.
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:
LISTEN HERE:Caroline Lucas MP presents In Our Hands: Public Services for People recorded at Brighthelm May 2nd
LISTEN HERE TO THIS PUBLIC MEETING RECORDED AT BRIGHTHELM MAY 2nd
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: http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/events-and-film/6333/in-our-hands-public-services-for-people#sthash.j3IGg2vz.dpuf
“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! - http://onca.org.uk/
Listen here to Brenda Pollack FoE response to West Sussex allowing Cuadrilla more drilling/fracking exporation
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’
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