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Home Energy: keeping the cold out
Date: Saturday 23 September 2023
Time: 10am to 12pm
Location: Carhampton Village Hall, High Street, Carhampton, Minehead TA24 6ND
Entry: free but donations welcome
Carhampton Climate Group’s next event on 23 September will be another public meeting in the Village Hall from 10am to 12pm. The theme of the meeting is home energy and keeping out the cold and it will include two speakers: Atha Murphy from the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Chris Gaskell, Retrofit Coordinator for the Somerset Climate Action Network.
There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion of the problems and possible solutions. If you have a question, bring it along as all our homes are different, with various issues to consider. The morning will include a break for coffee, tea and cake.
Book now for Wilder Somerset 2023!
Date: Saturday 14 October 2023
Time: 11am to 3pm
Location: The Canalside, Bridgwater
Entry: Book now here
A celebration event for individuals and communities across Somerset who want to create a wilder future, taking place on 14 October, 11am to 3pm at The Canalside, Bridgwater.
Take part in open-space sessions and hear from communities and projects from across the county doing amazing wild things on their patches including meadow restoration, supporting swift populations and toad patrols.
Whether you are passionate about nature-based solutions to climate change, keen on wildlife recording or want to create more space for nature in your own garden please come and join us!
You can get your tickets now, which includes lunch and an afternoon tour of the inspiring nature recovery project taking place at the Meads with Bridgwater Blue Heritage WWT
If you have missed one of our events, you can catch up here.
Previously held by Sedgemoor District Council
Sedgemoor hosted a number of events for their climate champions:
- Held virtually on 16 June, learning about projects going on across the districts, and talks from Jolyon Chesworth (Team Wilder) and Steve Mewes (Green Wedmore). Unfortunately, due to a technical issue, their presentations weren’t recorded
- Our environment champions heard from Neil who has been wildflower planting in Cannington and the public’s response. Andrea and Richard from The Berrow conservation group spoke about their community engagement and conservation work, and finally about horse-logging that took place in Stowey Wood
This event was held in partnership with Burnham & Weston Energy and the University of Exeter addressing the outcomes of COP26.
Through an engaging panel of experts, campaigners and policymakers, the event steered participants through the main conclusions of COP26, what gaps need filling and what opportunities exist on a local level to accelerate our progress towards our carbon neutral ambition.
Three breakout rooms covered the topics of local funding for climate projects, climate adaptation and opportunities for businesses. Within these smaller discussions there were valuable contributions from all attendees. The University of Exeter was able to draw out these key emerging themes:
- We have the potential in this area to be leaders of climate action
- To be successful, we need a route map and to decipher how we all, given the diverse networks involved and affected, work together
- Local responsibility for meeting climate objectives lies with everyone in terms of what we do and choosing who we work with including suppliers and partners
- Clear, sensitive, communication is needed to increase understanding and enable change
- There is value in those already taking action
Joined by Nigel Cox, horticultural lecturer at Bridgwater College, for a talk on Sedgemoor’s wonderful wetlands. We also heard about Sedgemoor District Council’s No Mow May initiative at Apex Park, and Environment Champions spoke about the exciting projects they have been involved with so far this year
Our champions were presented with a run-down of the new Community Adaptation Toolkit for community spaces, which helps parishes and communities adapt their buildings to the impacts of climate change. Sedgemoor District Council’s ecologist Pete Grainger updated on the successes of No Mow May at Apex Park, and how this impacted wildlife in Sedgemoor. We previewed an exciting new climate change video from Sedgemoor District Council, which will help residents to better understand the topic and inform them about what we’re doing as a council. Finally, we discussed how Sedgemoor District Council can help communities who want to organise their own litter picks and beach cleans during the Great British Beach Clean.
Previously held by South Somerset District Council
South Somerset held a number of events with more information on each below:
- Somerset Business Climate Summit 2022: Businesses came together from across Somerset to learn, share and be inspired about reducing their climate impact
- Building Sustainable Communities: Having talked about the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of building sustainably, Bradfords Construction presented their first event focusing on the ‘how’. Bradford’s and Trustmark presented about understanding how you can go about building sustainably
- Wyke Farms: Sustainable Visitor Centre Tour and Anaerobic Digester: Read a review of our tour of Wyke Farms’ sustainable energy visitor centre and find out how they have transitioned to becoming a low-carbon business
- Insulating Somerset Webinar: Find out about the steps to improve your property’s energy efficiency
- Down by the River: Flood risk in Somerset: Somerset Rivers Authority and Somerset Film present “Down by the River”, a new documentary film exploring flood risk in Somerset and celebrating local community resilience
- Community Buildings: How to undertake a DIY Energy Audit: Watch the Community Council for Somerset’s webinar and find out how to undertake a DIY energy audit of your village hall. View the energy audit pack
- Climate and Ecological Crisis? What’s all the fuss about: David Ramsden MBE spoke about the Climate and Ecological Crisis and the impact it has and will have on us
- Bringing the climate conversation to a wider Audience: A webinar with climate author George Marshall who discusses bringing the climate conversation to a wider audience
- The Problem with Phosphates: An overview of phosphates and why they are causing environmental issues in Somerset
- The Environment in the South West – Levelling up the conversation: An exciting panel discussion on the 2021 Environment Act and what it means where you live
- Building Sustainable Communities: Rewatch the presentations from Bradfords Building Company’s Sustainability in the construction industry
- Community Renewable Energy Forum: Somerset Climate Action Network hosted a forum showcasing the various community energy projects across Somerset
- Levels Climate Forum – SCOP26: Held on 6 November 2021 to discuss all topics around COP26. Watch all speakers on the YouTube channel
- Rivercide – Polluting Rivers: Friends of the River Frome presented a screening of Rivercide in November, a groundbreaking investigative documentary into the state of UK rivers, presented by environmental writer George Monbiot
- Re-wilding Somerset: Catch up on CPRE’s hugely successful event in November 2021 exploring how we can all make Somerset a wilder, greener place where wildlife and communities can thrive
- FSB hosted a free online conference exploring the significant role small businesses can play in the transition to net zero. Read the summary
- SSDC’s Wildflower Seminar: Online webinar on their No Mow May trails with a talk from Plantlife’s Dr Kate Petty (3:56), SSDCs Horticultural lead (41:16) and local case studies (1:08:52)