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Local Actions on Carbon Footprint Cutting and Biodiversity Enhancement
 
Local actions to cut carbon footprint and enhance biodiversity

 
This issue of TinT Newsletter covers:
  • Tint and Tring Town Council
  •  Towards zero carbon local transport
  • Local bee friendly effort
  • TinT and XR
  • Dilemmas on Climate Emergency
  • TinT at Tring Carnival
  • 52 Climate Actions new toolkit
  • Congratulations to Dacorum Environmental Hero 2019
  • Renewables Pioneer Update

 TinT and Tring Town Council
 
As reported previously in this Newsletter, TinT input led to the Council establishing a Climate Change Working Party, with two representatives from TinT.
 
More recently, at its 22 July meeting, the full Council “acknowledged that there is a climate emergency and is considering the contribution that it can make to address the problem”
 
TinT’s input to Tring Town Council, to date, includes:
 
  • Advice on short list of companies for switching to 100% renewable electricity
  • Specific actions to protect and enhance Tring’s ecology/biodiversity
  • Specific proposals, within the Town Council’s remit,  to reduce carbon footprint

 
Want to See Zero Carbon Local Transport?
If so, can you spare some time for one of two projects we’d like to get going?  Please e-mail Brian at briankazer@hotmail.com
 
Community electric bus.  (National Trust run small electric buses at some properties)
 
Car share scheme (to/from Tring station)
Rail franchise holder, London Northwestern Railways (LNR) shortly launching a scheme compatible with Herts County Council car share website – needs  champion(s)
 
This arises from the recent “kick off” meeting to develop a Station Plan for Tring station.  TinT proposals at that meeting included:
  • LNR carbon neutral by end of franchise
  • Solar PV panels for station buildings
  • EV charge points
  • Electric bike charge points
  • Recycling scheme at station and on trains

 
Local Shop Bee Friendly Wild Flower Effort
 
Magnolia flower shop (High St near the library) has Beebombs for sale.  These are a biodegradable bag containing a mix of 18 species of perennial wildflowers native to Britain.  Enough to flower 21 sq ft of ground.
More info at www.beebombs.com/our-seeds

 
TinT and Extinction Rebellion (XR)
 
There is excellent synergy between the aims of TinT and the demands of XR.
 
XR demands are:
  • Govt must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
  • Govt must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
  • Govt must create, and be led by, the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
 
TinT aim can be summarised as:
“taking and encouraging local action to reduce carbon footprint and to protect/enhance local ecology/biodiversity”
 
In effect, XR takes a top-down approach, whilst TinT takes a bottom-up approach.
 
We look forward o collaborating with the Tring XR group who have had two well attended meetings, attracting much new interest.


 
Climate Emergency and Local Government Dilemmas
 
Local authorities that have declared a Climate Emergency are likely to encounter some dilemmas.  For example, Oxford City Council, when making such a Declaration, also stated they would only switch to 100% renewable electricity if the cost was no greater than 2% above their current tariff.
 

TinT at Tring Carnival
 
We were busy... and hot!
Refillable water bottle option was popular on a really interesting stall thanks to Nigel, Jan and Vicki.  We ran a “pledges” scheme.
Plastic issues were the most common pledge, not surprisingly given the news coverage.
Returning plastic packaging to supermarket featured, as did “stop buying plastic toys” from one of the many children who made a pledge.
Water usage got several pledges – reducing time in shower; installing water butts for watering.
 


A New Tool: Taking Effective Action to Reduce Carbon Footprint
 
52 of the most effective actions we can take, as individuals or as communities, to reduce carbon footprint are featured in a new Toolbox from the Permaculture movement.
 
This is very well worth an in depth look via
https://www.52climateactions.com/
Clicking this link gives a page with 16 themes.  Clicking a theme gives a number of ways carbon footprint can be reduced, and clicking each of these provides further info on the “how”.
 
Subsequent editions of this Newsletter aim to explore some of these themes in more depth.

 
...And in Tring Congratulations to ...
 
Tring Brewery on becoming  Dacorum’s Environmental Business Hero 2019.
 
This recognises the Brewery’s efforts in sustainability, including reduction of plastics (through stainless steel growlers and reusable compostable event cups; zero food miles for spent grains (upcycled as cattle feed at the neighbouring Dunsley Farm); and continued support for local shop initiatives.
 
Tring Brewery’s Stainless Steel Growlers
 
As the July edition of the Brewery’s July Newsletter said “our new refillable containers will keep your beer cool and eco-conscious.
 
One and two litre sizes are available to purchase now at the brewery shop, with a 10 pence per litre discount offered on refills forever.


Few and many small steps can lead to massive changes, changes that will help us preserve the beautiful world around us – we can all raise a glass to that.”
Pioneer in UK Renewable Energy Update
 
... and finally for this edition, here’s an interesting update from UK’s pioneer on generating renewable energy for domestic (and other) consumers
https://www.ecotricity.co.uk/progress-report-2019?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Progress_report_19_July_2019&utm_content=Button
 
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