Soil can be amazing!

In 2015 the journal Nature reported the first discovery for 30 years of a new kind of antibiotic: teixobactin which is able to kill mycobacterium tubercuosis, clostridium difficiles and staphylococcus aureus.

The World’s soils contain 1,500 billion tonnes of carbon as organic matter. The good news is that increasing the quantity of carbon contained in the soils by just 0.4% per year would halt the annual increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. This could be done by restoring and improving degraded agricultural land. Organic farmers are leading on this. The great concerns of the world: climate change, natural resources, water control, food production, conservation and human health all rely on the condition of our soil.

April Meeting – Positive Money

At our meeting on 15th April Andrew Myon from the group Positive Money will be giving a talk: “CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT GROWTH?”

After a very brief introduction to Money, we look at alternatives to the present system such that we could live in our finite world –

Owl Nest Boxes

Some members of the Bio-diversity Group meet up once a month and have a workshop making nest boxes, mainly for owls. These are then installed where the birds are known to fly. Here are the ones they put up in late February

Roadside Verges & Biodiversity within Bradford-on-Avon and surrounding villages

Wiltshire Council has a statutory duty to consider biodiversity conservation in all its activities. Only 2% of wildflower meadows which existed nationally in 1930’s now remain! Roadside verge management can increase the wildflower areas. The main way to do this is to reduce the number of cuts to once a year between mid July and the end of September with the removal of the cuttings in areas where grass does not need to be kept short for sightline management for road safety.

March meeting – AGM and Introduction to Extinction Rebellion

We will be having our AGM in March, and an small introduction to Extinction Rebellion (see below)

Monday 18th March
7.00 for 7.30pm at The Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon BA15 1JU

Shortly after the publication of the IPCC’s report on the transformation needed in global economies and societies if global temperature rise is to be kept below 1.5° above pre industrial levels, a new radical movement made its presence known in London. Established by a group called Rising Up, the movement is called Extinction Rebellion, (XR for short) and as it sounds, it is rebelling against the current rapid extinction of species underway because of the destruction our own species is causing to habitats world wide, through climate change and resource extraction.

Trees

My grandson bought a crab apple tree with his Christmas money – just imagine how long this will last him! It will sequester carbon, help with soil drainage attract pollinators and provide food, as well as being a beautiful living thing to admire.

Sir William Worsley is the government’s first ever ‘tree champion’. His main task is to ensure that 12 million trees are planted in England during this Parliament.

Organics

For a difference in flavour try organic, its all down to the soil they are grown in or on. Carrots are especially good. Organic producers and those based on similar principles in BOA: Avonleigh, Hartley Farm, Woolley Grange.

FEBRUARY MEETING Discussion

The format for our February meeting will be a little different to the usual. Our chair, Rachel Berger, writes: “Climate change is happening very fast, and we have a very small window of opportunity for taking strong action to prevent catastrophe later this century – yet there is little sign of commitment from either governments or individuals to this kind of drastic action. Why?” Paul Hoggett is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at UWE, Bristol. He is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and has been involved in training and consultancy to public and voluntary organisations for many years. He is Chair of the Climate Psychology Alliance which seeks to bring insights from depth psychology to our understanding of collective paralysis in the face of dangerous climate change. Paul will give some insights into this collective inertia, and then set listeners some questions to discuss in small groups.