Community Climate Action Newsletter February 2022

Welcome to the Community Climate Action newsletter with the latest news, events and resources in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, Derby and Derbyshire.

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Got Any News?

Most of the items in this newsletter are contributed by readers. If you have anything, you’d like us to include in the March e-newsletter please send it to shital@mea.org.uk by the end of February. 

Have we missed your Community Climate Action Group?

We recently updated our list of local climate change focused community groups based in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire on our website We want to include as many of you on there as possible to highlight all the wonderful groups in the area and encourage people to get involved in local action. 

You can see our list here: https://bit.ly/34aFrMC 

Are you a community group in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire working to tackle environmental & energy issues? Have we missed your group? Would you like us to update or remove your group information? Please let us know shital@mea.org.uk 

In this Issue, we cover:

Events

Repair Cafes

Local News

National News

  • National News in Brief
    The world’s first hydrogen bike has been developed
    Nuclear and natural gas energy plants to be labeled “green energy” under new EU plan
    Flowers arriving a month early in UK as climate heats up
    WWF UK faces backlash over ‘destructive’ plans to sell ‘eco-friendly’ NFTs
    Deal to help end deforestation misses first deadline just months after it was signed at COP26 

Events

Climate Change in the Classroom
Tuesday 8th February, 4pm – 5.30pm
Online
Organised by Wicked Weather Watch
FREE

Do you want to teach climate change to primary students but don’t know where to start? This CPD workshop will give you the confidence, knowledge & tools to create a safe space for pupils to explore this complex topic and to take actions as a school. 

https://bit.ly/3uoTh8P 

Fantastic Home Vehicle in Derbyshire Dales
Organised by Derbyshire Dales District Council
FREE

Marches Energy Agency (MEA)’s Fantastic Home mobile exhibition will be visiting the following locations in the Derbyshire Dales:

  • Ashbourne Market
    Thursday 17th February 
  • Bakewell Market
    Monday 21st February 
  • Wirksworth Market
    Tuesday 22nd February 
  • Matlock Market
    Wednesday 23rd February

In a fun & interactive way, the mobile energy efficiency exhibition – a “house on wheels” – hopes to engage visitors in various energy topics (e.g., energy efficiency, renewables, fuel poverty, and climate change).

It aims to actively show residents practical measures that they can take themselves to reduce energy bills and reduce emissions.

The vehicle will be staffed by energy advice experts from MEA and the Council’s Climate Change Officer who is keen to capture residents’ ideas on how we can work collaboratively to reduce emissions in the Derbyshire Dales. 

East Midlands Fixfest
Saturday 19th March, 11am – 3pm
Chesterfield Assembly Rooms, Market Hall
Chesterfield Town Centre, S40 1AR
Organised by Transition Chesterfield
FREE

This regional Fixfest is for anyone interested in reducing waste and in fixing things i.e. those who run or are considering setting up a Repair Cafe, repairers & fixers, upcyclers, waste reduction activists, policy-makers, and organisations in the East Midlands interested in moving towards a circular economy.

What to expect:

  • A warm welcome and friendly, informal atmosphere. 
  • Information from and about Repair initiatives in the East Midlands.  
  • Short presentations on a range of topics including how to set up and run a Repair Café. 
  • A network of supportive individuals and organisations committed to increasing our resilience. 
  • Opportunity to ask questions, request support and chat about all things repair.

Book via:  https://bit.ly/3ro0bcg

*If you would like to offer a short talk about your current project, stimulate interest for a new project, or just to find out more, please contact Margaret on: 

repairs@transitionchesterfield.org.uk.   

Sustainable Living Tour
Hockerton
Organised by Hockerton Housing Project
Up to £20

Do you want to see what low carbon living might look like? The Hockerton Housing Project is a small community of five earth sheltered homes built in 1998 on the outskirts of Hockerton, Nottinghamshire, UK.

They are offering tours around their site on the following dates:

  • Saturday 5th March
  • Saturday 7th May
  • Saturday 11th June
  • Saturday 10th September
  • Saturday 22nd October

N.B:-  All tours start at 2pm.

https://bit.ly/3Gqatho

Repair Cafés
 

Transition Chesterfield
Saturday 19th February 
10am – 1pm (Last orders at 12.30pm)
3rd Saturday of the month
Chesterfield Baptist Church, S40 4ST
FREE 

All types of repairs are possible – furniture, textile as well as electrical. Array of cakes will be available again.

Questions: 
repairs@transitionchesterfield.org.uk

https://bit.ly/3gp9FOl 

Transition Belper
4th Saturday of the month
10am – 1pm
Market Place, Belper
FREE

Transition Belper’s Repair Café is held on the fourth Saturday of every month, alongside the Green Exchange, at No.28 Community Centre, Market Place, Belper. 

Their next few repair café will be held on: 

  • Saturday 26th February
  • Saturday 26th March
  • Saturday 23rd April

Green Exchange is where you can find out more about Transition Belper and what they do.

https://bit.ly/3gmq7Pk  

Transition Buxton
4th Saturday of the month
10am – 2pm
Buxton Methodist Church, Market Place
Organised by Transition Buxton
FREE*

Bring your broken items to see if you can extend their life. Their next few repair café will be held on: 

  • Saturday 26th February
  • Saturday 26th March
  • Saturday 23rd April

Circumstances may change so please keep an eye on their website & Facebook page 

*Please consider donating what you think is fair and can afford to help cover their costs.

Did you know that Buxton has a Dispersed Community Orchard of nearly 100 fruit trees (and a few shrubs)? 

The trees are planted and looked after by Transition Buxton volunteers and are dispersed across at least 8 sites with more being sought.

The fruit is free for anyone to help themselves.

You can Sponsor a tree for £25 – the certificate makes a great gift or can be proudly displayed.

If you have land in Buxton where you’d welcome trees to be planted please get in touch with them.

https://bit.ly/3AFLqnI 

Local News

Council Climate Plan Scorecard

Last year, Climate Emergency UK marked all publicly available council Climate Action Plans. The results are available here.

Each council has been given an overall percentage score and a ‘scorecard’ showing the results from nine themes including:

  • Governance & Development
  • Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Community Engagement
  • Co-Benefits
  • Diversity and Social Inclusion
  • Ecological Emergency

To allow fairer comparison, council have been listed with others of its types (e.g. district councils or single tier).

In Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire, scores range from 76% to 20% with Nottingham City Council (76%, single tier) & South Derbyshire District Council (70%, district)leading the pack. Four councils have yet to published plans and so have scored zero.

N.B:- only plans that were publicly available on the council’s website on or before 20 September 2021 were marked. Many have made significant progress since then or have been working on developing unpublished plans. This will not be reflected in scores. It also does not take account any action that has been underway.

It is hoped the project will provide a benchmark for what makes a good or bad Plan and encourage collaboration between local authorities.

https://bit.ly/3umnftV

The scoring system was based on theirClimate Action Plan Checklist which was created in partnership with Friends of the Earth, Centre for Alternative Technology, Ashden, and APSE Energy. More on the methodology here. 

The Owl Podcast | January

The Owl Hoot, produced by Caroline Norbury, is a podcast and blog. Each fortnightly podcast episode features a guest who contributes in some way to protecting the planet.

Recent podcasts guests:

  • Holly McElhone
    Press and Communications Manager for Make My Money Matter

    Holly McElhone tells us how the Make My Money Matter campaign is raising awareness of the power of our pensions and calling on pension providers and businesses to pledge climate action towards net zero

    Simon Tilley
    Director and Resident at the Hockerton Housing Project

    Simon Tilley describes how he and his wife with 4 other families took a leap of faith, building a sustainable community consisting of impressive energy efficient homes, a water harvesting system and an organic growing area for foods. 

  • Charlie Le Marquand
    Data and information officer for theMammal Society

    Charlie shares her enthusiasm and knowledge of British mammals and how we can all get involved in recording their whereabouts. 

https://bit.ly/3gbhh7K  

Local News In Brief

  • Two air quality zones in Erewash, which have been monitored for pollution levels over the last 20 years, are to be lifted.

    https://bit.ly/3gjKTiD 

  • Nottingham City Council is putting pressure on the Government to extend support grants for public transport to aid a greener recovery from Covid-19.

    https://bit.ly/3rmU7kr

National News

National News In Brief

  • The world’s first hydrogen bike has been developed by Studio MOM making green transport over very long distances possible. It fills small tanks with hydrogen using water and solar energy.

    https://bit.ly/3J1kaDD 

  • Nuclear and natural gas energy plants could be counted as “green energy” under controversial EU plans

    https://bbc.in/3rkjFhT

  • Flowers arriving a month early in UK as climate heats up

    https://bit.ly/3ARtZRP 

  • WWF UK faces backlash over ‘destructive’ plans to sell ‘eco-friendly’ NFTs

    https://bit.ly/346ILZ9 

  • Deal to help end deforestation misses first deadline just months after it was signed at COP26

    https://bit.ly/3om3hLY

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