and not just to like minded people. Work on getting into conversation with a wider section about climate change. We’ve got the new Before the Flood film, free to screen in your home. What about inviting a group of people in for some food and the film?
Our vegan and vegetarian lunch followed by the talk from Joyce d’Silva proved both enjoyable and informative. The food was delicious – thank you to everyone!
At the same time we learnt some sobering things – both about how animals are kept, especially in the really big zero grazing type farms and about the role of livestock farming in producing greenhouse gases, slightly more than all transport combined. For me, one sobering fact was the predicted growth in livestock and dairy farming worldwide, both predicted by the FAO to double between 2000 and 2050.
If enough of us cut back on meat and dairy, not necessarily cutting it out, we can make a real difference. Without dietary change the Paris climate targets are beyond our reach.
This week, October 24-29, people from all across the UK will be taking action against Barclays Bank over their financial support for fracking and for their investments in other destructive fossil fuel projects around the world.
Barclays owns a 97% controlling stake in Third Energy, the fracking company granted permission to start test drilling for shale gas in Ryedale.
This is the first time that a major high street bank has directly invested in fracking in the UK and is happening as scientists tell us we need to leave 80% of fossil fuel reserves in the ground to stop catastrophic climate change. If enough of us take part this October – by talking or writing to the bank managers, sharing our message on social media, closing bank accounts or taking action at Barclays branches – we can pressure Barclays to stop funding fracking. KLimate Concern aren’t organising an event as such, as our autumn programme has been very full but there is an event outside Barclays in Cambridge on Saturday 29th at 11am. Think about joining in that! Further details through the link below.
Pressure from customers will convince Barclays that fracking isn’t worth it and whether or not you bank with Barclays, you could tell them you’re unhappy that they are funding fracking in the UK.
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Come to the exciting new Groundwork Gallery on the Tuesday evening. Enjoy a drink and a short focused meeting with David Thompson from the Borough Council and Michael de Whalley!
Check out projects that Jannine Parry spoke about at last meeting Umbel Organics box scheme, From the Earth co-op out at Eddie Cross’s Abbey Farm at Flitcham. Feedback anti food waste charity.
Greyfriars Arts Space Festival Aug 21st 12-4 in Tower Gardens KLimate Concern presence
Recycling week Early evening meeting upstairs in the lovely Groundwork Gallery 6.30pm Tuesday 13th September with David Thompson, recycling officer and Michael de Whalley. Get to ask those questions that bug you. Watch film clip of Costessey recycling plant. Pop-up stall in town on Thursday 15th and 12.30 meeting at Town Hall.
Another shared meal planned– a Sunday lunch, November 6th Joyce d’Silva from Compassion in World Farming continuing our thinking on food and climate change.
Plans for Climate Coalition Week of Action in October- arts event. Karen Whiterod of Footprints Arts planning really exciting Climate Change concern themed art workshop on Saturday 15th October. (Final exhibition on Earth Day 2017 part of our event in St Nicholas Chapel? seems ideal.)
Jannine from Umbel Organics was unable to join us for the meal and film on July 3rd but is coming to our meeting on Wednesday 27th, 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, Bridge St PE30 5AB. Do come and bring ideas for discussion. We will be planning for Recycling Week and for the Week of Action in October.
GroundWork gallery shows the work of contemporary artists who care about how we see the world. Exhibitions and creative programmes will plan to explore how art can enable us to respond to the changing environment and imagine how we can shape its future. KLimate Concern is encouraged by the prospect of a dialogue with Groundwork.
17 Purfleet Street King’s Lynn PE30 1ER
We really enjoyed eating together on July 3rd with lots of vegetarian and vegan delights. Some of us that evening or later watched the film Cowspiracy (available on Netflix). We’d love your thoughts.
Over the run up to the Paris talks- and at Paris- the emphasis was on the carbon footprint of fuels – heating and transport- but food production also has a massive role in creating greenhouse gases. Since 1960 global meat production has more than trebled and milk production more than doubled.
Friends of the Earth are simply urging those of us who eat meat and dairy to reduce the amount we eat: https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/flexitarianism-environmentally-friendly-diet-47222.pdf