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.

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.

January meeting

Chris is a Cornish farmer who attended our meeting last year when we heard from representatives of the environment agency about natural flood management. Chris offered to return to give us a talk about the work on his farm with beavers. His local village has been subject to flooding on many occasions and this is getting worse.

December Meeting

CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER

Our Christmas get together will take the form of mulled wine mince pies and stollen, and a few simple games at the Quaker Meeting House. There will be Time Lines on waste to try your hand at …

November meeting

‘Energy storage’ with Clive Tomlinson

Renewable energy can’t always be generated at the times that we want it. Energy storage is an obvious solution, but one that’s not been used as much as one might expect …

October Meeting

‘Building Local Resilience’ with Anna Francis from Frome Town Council. Anna’s role focuses on helping Frome households, organisations and businesses become more resilient, self-reliant and sustainable…

A Greener Bradford – Saturday 8th September

There will be a number of stands including one from Climate Friendly BoA. If you might be able to help man this please email climatechampions@gmail.com. In any case do come along to support this great initiative and stay for the lunch afterwards, a good chance to chat and exchange views and ideas. Facebook event page.

September Meeting

Retrofitting existing buildings for lower carbon emissions with Dr Francis Moran, Research Associate, Centre for Energy and the Design of Environments (EDEn), University of Bath Historic dwellings in the UK make up 20% of all homes and are amongst the most poorly performing part of the English housing stock in energy use terms, with the … Read more