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us for our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at Woodstock Town Hall, courtesy of
the Town Mayor at 7:30pm on Wednesday 29th March 2017
We shall be discussing our programme of
events for 2017 including our film screening of the environmental film
"Demain" ("Tomorrow") -details below
or if your French is up to speed
Click on the link for the trailer:
Lots of the film is in English and where it isn't there are good subtitles. And the music's great!
Thursday 11th May. Marlborough Enterprise Centre, Marlborough School. Shipton Road. 7pm (film starts).
Positive, affirming and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education. It visits farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable projects, local currencies, creative schools, ambitious recycling projects. It has been a huge boost to community-led projects, and is currently on release in 29 other countries,
regularly receiving standing ovations, and leading to the formation of many new community projects. It is the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency. It also has a great soundtrack!
What else is happening in West Oxfordshire beyond Sustainable Woodstock?
There are 7 CAGs in West Oxfordshire and this year has seen the
groups deliver several highlight projects, activities and
There are 7 CAGs in West Oxfordshire and this year has seen the groups deliver several highlight projects, activities and events:
Sharecroppers project collected and distributed over 2 tonnes of
apples, pears, plums and quinces at 6 community Take Away days
attracting around 100 people at each event
Charlbury Green Hub’s Sharecroppers project collected and distributed over 2 tonnes of apples, pears, plums and quinces at 6 community Take Away days attracting around 100 people at each event
Transition Chipping Norton ran a community bike hire scheme based on the London "Boris" bikes
Sustainable Leafield ran a Big Camp for families last summer, to encourage children to have fun outdoors and learn about nature.
Green TEA in Eynsham run successful swap shops twice a year, saving around 1 tonne of household items from being thrown to landfill.
Sustainable Witney have been helping local residents save money and keep warm by conducting thermal imaging surveys and giving out energy saving advice and devices.
FarmAbility is a working farm that provides employment for adults with learning difficulties and autism. The project won numerous awards for their work.
connects those with woodlands offering woodfuel with those offering their labour in exchange for woodfuel. Sustainable Woodstock's Community Woodland has recently invited Logs4Labour to help manage its small semi-mature section of the wood. Pictures and read more ....
If you read no other Climate Change news, read this:-
Guardian Media Group is divesting its
more than £800m investment portfolio in fossil fuels.
price boiler scheme launched
The 9 rules of
the least affordable city in the UK
Energy Update The latest from the Centre for Sustainable Energy:
The latest from the Centre for Sustainable Energy:
You may be eligible for a
free replacement high energy efficient central heating boiler.
Read more here. Of course there are strings and Sustainable Woodstock is not endorsing this product and offer but if you consider it ccarefully and perhpas take independent advise it might work for you
School increases recycling with help
from Council collections
Burford School has become the first secondary school in West Oxfordshire to receive waste and recycling collections from West Oxfordshire District Council. For the first time, the school has recycling boxes in every classroom and designated bins for food waste for use in the school kitchen. Read the press release here
Oxfordshire Waste Partnership
Latest IPCC report – explained!
The UN's got another big report out on climate change. Confused? Don't be. Here's a summary http://t.co/whAW2FWSq1
The IPCC report - and vulnerable people
Work with BBOWT
Your local wildlife trust (BBOWT) are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have a keen interest in wildlife to recruit new members to the trust in your local area. We are looking for people across the three counties; Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. BBOWT members are the lifeblood of our organisation, providing almost 50% of our annual income. It is thanks to our members that we are able to keep doing the work we do to protect local wildlife!
We find this is a perfect position for someone looking to earn some extra cash in the evenings and weekends whilst promoting something they believe in. The job description is attached, please contact me if you have any questions or would like an application form.
Adela Moore, Membership Recruitment Manager (Door to Door), Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, 01865 775476 ext. 228
Bonus - the evolution of the bicycle in 67 seconds
Planned Obsolesence - The Light Bulb
Sit down, get yourself a cup of coffee and watch this amazing full length documentary on the birth and expansion of the policy of "planned obsolesence" throughout the western world. It is truly jaw dropping. By the end you might feel just a bit pessimistic about the task facing us to convince the world to become just a bit more sustainable. But watch it anyway. It's very well produced with some real vintage film clips. And it's really funny in places too! http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/light-bulb-conspiracy/ Running time is 52 minutes
|At Last! A climate change report from the
"sceptics" that shows that we were right all along.
change IS the result of human activity.
|"Grow, grow, grow your own" by Anna Shepard from New
click here to read about the "One Pot Pledge" and other food
|"Six Degrees - Our Life on a Hotter Planet" Mark Lynas'
seminal book "Six Degrees - Our Life on a Hotter Planet" sets
out, chapter by chapter, the consequences of one degree of
global warming, then two degrees, then three and so on to the
worst case scenario, six degrees. Sustainable Woodstock has
summarised each chapter from the survivable "one degree" to the
devastation that will occur with six degrees of warming.
Click here to read the summary, but better still read the
Ever wanted to know what the main sources of emisssions are?
Read on ... click here
|To read a review of Lord Nicholas Stern's Oxford lecture
|"Western Lifestyles are Unsustainable" says world's top
climate expert. Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that western
society must undergo a radical value shift -
click here for the full article as it appeared in The Observer
Sunday 29th November
|Is there a cover up by the International Energy Authority in
cahoots with western governments over the true state of the
world's oil reserves. Many international experts believe so.
Click here to read about "Peak oil; fields of plenty or are we
scraping the barrel?" as it appeared in the Observer on Sunday
|Do you support low carbon energy generation from nuclear?
Some environmentalist do and other don't. But there is one
aspect of nuclear that is often forgotten and that's the impact
of Uranium mining in Africa.
Click here to read an excellent report by John Vidal of The
Guardian on how the UK's nuclear ambitions could ruin the