Biodiversity Emergency – what can I do?
(Lots of possibilities – here are just a few...)
Chris Packham at his 9/11 Tring Book Festival talk said number 1 is “water”, so a pond, even a small one, if you can (but not if you have a toddler/crawling child or grandchild). Will encourage insects, etc. If a pond is not possible for you, how about his no.2 suggestion – everyone can do this!
Number 2 is bird feeders, which anyone can do, even if you can’t make a pond, and even if you are renting your home (College Lake sells bird food (annoyingly in plastic sacks, but watch this space ...) or RSPB supply in paper sacks via mail order).
Re bird feeders, why not plant a small native tree or bush that bears fruit for birds?
Leaves – best option according to naturalists/ecologists is to rake leaves onto borders to encourage insects and invertebrates. That way the leaves will gradually rot down/be taken down (by earthworms) and enrich the soil.
Wild seed” bombs”? Sounds great, although germination levels can be rather hit and miss. (see advice on sowing seed in the link below) Better success is by planting wild flower “plugs” (take off a grass sod about 30 cm by 60 cm first to give the plugs chance to develop) There are many sources of wild flower plugs nowadays, a pioneer being http://www.charlesflower-wildflowers.co.uk/
Click on “plugs and pots” on toolbar. Plugs available by mail order.
General Election and Climate Emergency
TinT is strictly non-Political, so we wouldn’t suggest which party to vote for. However, will you be casting your vote based on what your chosen candidate’s party says about Climate Change/Climate Emergency? We hope so!
This grid and accompanying article summarise the positions of the parties on climate change. It will be updated as anything additional emerges.
Investigate lighting on path/cycling route to Tring Station (from Grove Road to Station) to encourage more walking and cycling
Liaise with Tring Head Teachers Forum to identify opportunities for working with local schools to support schools carbon footprint reduction
Support Tring “Shop Local” Event
Please support Tring’s (many) independently owned shops after the weeks and weeks of High St closure and the hit on their takings. Organised by Tring Together.
How and when and where? Saturday 14th December from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Church Square (in front of the parish church on the High St) sees the launch of this event to celebrate the High St re-opening and to encourage all of us Tring-ites to support our local shops. Remember the adage “use it or lose it”.
Tring Community Fridge Project Update
Can you offer 1 – 2 hours per month to make this project feasible?
Tring Community Fridge project is at an advanced stage of planning, and is hoped to go live early in the New Year. It can only work with a team of volunteers, hence the question above and the e-mail address to say “yes”.
This is one of the projects spun out of the Open Meeting that TinT held earlier this year.
TinT new website has two blogs on carbon offsetting, the more recent one being 1 x A4 of “how to”.
Are carbon offsets just greenwash? No, absolutely not, although first essential step is to reduce carbon footprint as far as possible. Do carbon offset programmes do any good? Those highlighted in the TinT blogs certainly do, and they often deliver invaluable co-benefits.
A re-run of Christmas Trees: Real or Plastic re Carbon Footprint?
This BBC animated short video using data from the Carbon Trust provides the answer, and also discusses options on disposal, which we amplify below.
Tempted to make your own biochar? DON’T! Scroll down the rhs link and read the first FAQ.
So two options:
Living in Tring? Sign up with Tring scouts for collection after Christmas in return for a donation. Trees go for chipping and composting. This is best option to minimise transport carbon footprint. Living elsewhere? Maybe your local scout group is running a similar scheme.
Don’t have that option? Take tree to nearest household waste disposal/recycling and put it in the green waste container. (Kerbside green waste collection in Dacorum doesn’t happen December to early Spring)
(If you have own composting system could try home composting)
The proposed expansion is designed to almost double the number of passengers, which means around double the number of planes coming and going – and a big increase in carbon footprint. (And don’t forget the ongoing proposal for another runway at Heathrow...)
Consultation closes 16th December 2019 at 11.59 pm.
and here is place and date for remaining local drop-in/consultation event...
Wednesday 4th December Nora Grace Hall, Tring HP23 5BA 2-8
Climate Change Envoy
The UN has made an interesting and well merited appointment as Climate Change Envoy. Mark Carney, shortly retiring as Governor of the Bank of England has, over the last several months, been very clearly telling businesses that they must become carbon neutral and adapt to climate change otherwise they are unlikely to be in business in the future. Read more about his appointment here.