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Actions countrywide against Fracking August 18th MEDIA MISSED

by on Aug.18, 2014, under News

IGas HQ blockaded.

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.

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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.

infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/south-east/rampion-offshore-wind-farm

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 rampion@eon.com 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

<defendthenhs@gmail.com>

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!

<defendthenhs@gmail.com>

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<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:cupp@brighton.ac.uk>

 

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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.

loom

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.

bird

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
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http://media.cat.org.uk/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/mailing/optout&reset=1&jid=300&qid=125310&h=373a71693353ad36

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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.

LISTEN HERE

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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:

http://cdn.exxonmobil.com/~/media/Reports/Outlook%20For%20Energy/2014/2014-Outlook-for-Energy-low-resolution.pdf

View and share the AMEG inform­a­tion here: 

http://ameg.me/index.php/emergency

 

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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

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

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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! - http://onca.org.uk/

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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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