WWF asks, What’s your promise for the planet? Look at their suggestions and 60 things to do in the dark!! www.earthhour.org.uk
Turn off lights 8.30-9.30 on Saturday 24th to join with millions around the world.
Then look ahead to our local event in April:
On Saturday some of us will be writing messages on Climate Change in a metalwork art workshop with Norfolk artist, Karen Whiterod, entitled Hope Calling. There are still a few places. I think my personal message has to be something about the urgency expressed in the letter this week from Christina Figueres, former UN Climate chief and other experts: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/world-has-three-years-left-to-stop-dangerous-climate-change-warn-expertsNorfolk County Council have helped fund the workshops and the messages will be used to create a photobook to be presented to local MPS.
The response from many US cities, states and businesses was encouraging. We need to keep working.
The Leonardo DiCaprio documentary, Before the Flood, remains a good tool. (DiCaprio gave a copy to Ivanka just after the election. It may have affected her attitude.) Invite friends and family round to watch it! Get in touch if you want help setting it up.
After a very busy few months the group has a chance to look ahead. Do send thoughts for our meeting on Monday 12th June (Friends Meeting House barn at 7.30pm) if you can’t come.
An interesting meeting. Well attended. Thank you to those who came.
Environment Agency – What’s in Your Backyard?
Flood map for planning – https://flood-map-for-planning.service.gov.uk/
Climate change tools to support local flood risk management strategies –http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/planning/135749.aspx
Wash East Coast Management Strategy – Public Consultation
Association of British Insurers – Flooding
UK Committee on Climate Change
7 December 2015 – https://www.theccc.org.uk/
UK Climate Projections, Met Office: http://ukclimateprojections.metoffice.gov.uk/
Met Office: Extreme weather, 1990 to 2016
(Shows rainfall, flooding, extreme temperatures &c)
( a US site focussed on “Getting skeptical about global warming skepticism”]
Emissions limit “is 20 years away”
C40 Cities (megacities)
UKCIP [UK Climate Impacts Programme: with Case studies and Exchanging knowledge & ideas]
Transition Network [transition towns]
The Ecologist magazine [Top 10 . . . greenest UK cities] http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/home/807176/top_10_greenest_uk_cities.html
Alex Kirby, former BBC journalist and environment correspondent will engage with Brian Long of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council (environment portfolio holder before he became leader of the council) on climate change issues in terms of our local response.
This discussion will have two aspects:
- our response to the effects of climate change, especially projected sea level rise and more extreme weather events, asking whether we are tending to work with over optimistic estimates
- our local response to the challenge of reducing our carbon footprint in areas such as transport, recycling and use of renewable energy.
A lot of very thoughtful posters from children- a special mention of Eastgate Academy -plus thoughtful responses to the raffle ticket question- What are you trying to do about climate change?
A great one to bring friends and relations to- bar and free food snacks, informative displays and raffle. Even face-painting for children plus the judging of children’s poster competition. Please also save the date – May 12th- of our major public meeting: scroll down-