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Havant FOE Newsletter - July 2021

Havant Green Week 18th – 26th September

We’ve had lots of positive responses about the Green Week and we’re sure there will be lots going on. But we really need Havant FOE supporters to encourage people to get involved. Activities in schools, church services, guided walks will all help to get across the message that the people of Havant care about the environment and want the politicians to do more, especially at the vital COP 26 Climate talks in November.

We’ve shared Neil Layton’s book on climate change with all the primary schools, thanks to Hayling Bookshop, and children are invited to design posters for the week There’s still time!

Find out more about the week and the competition on the Havant Climate Alliance website https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/

Havant Thicket Reservoir

Following Outline Planning Approval by East Hants District Council as well as Havant, the Reservoir is going ahead although more of the details still need to be approved, such as positioning of access roads, walking and cycle paths, location and build of the visitor centre and of course tree planting and mitigating the emissions for the project.

We plan to get involved with the Stakeholders’ Advisory Group and the Community Advisory Group for this so if others would like to be involved, maybe on a specific topic like trees or cycle routes do contact Pat Brooks: [email protected]

River Ems

Friends of the Ems (FOTE) , who are part of Greening Westbourne, held a very informative zoom session on 18th June about the loss of water and water quality from the river. If you missed it you can find all that information on the link below:

https://e-voice.org.uk/greening-westbourne/friends-of-the-ems-fote/our-evidence-for-how-the-ems-h/

There are very few chalk streams worldwide with the majority being in England. They are home to rare and endangered species. While the Itchen and the Test have protection the Ems does not.

It is Portsmouth Water and not Southern Water who are abstracting water from the Ems aquifers and apparently the reservoir will not help as Portsmouth Water are contracted to let Southern Water have all the excess.

While FOTE are still talking to Portsmouth Water and other agencies, they are now hoping to involve the Chichester MP Gillian Keegan.

Local Plan Examination

The Government Planning Inspectorate will be carrying out an online examination of Havant’s Local Plan (for development to 2037) all week from 12th to 16th July. Representative’s from various local groups will have the opportunity to have their say.

If you are interested in watching any of the proceedings, please contact Pat Brooks: [email protected]

Friends of the Earth’s Action network has a new Near You tool which lets you discover key climate statistics for your area simply by entering your postcode. It means you can campaign with confidence – on transport, waste, housing, woodland cover, meat and dairy consumption and more. Crucially, Near you compares each area’s performance to government – and Friends of the Earth – targets. So you can learn exactly where your local authority needs to do better. https://takeclimateaction.uk/near-you

On 22nd July (6:30pm – 7:45pm) there’s a webinar explaining it all You can register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/near-you-data-tool-is-your-area-doing-enough-to-take-climate-action-registration-160754706655

Havant Climate Alliance Meetings

Meetings are via Zoom on the first and third Wednesdays and the next one will be on July 7th from 7pm. Contact [email protected] if you’d like the details

you can find out more on the website at https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/ or follow on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate

Portsmouth Green Drinks – Thursday 8th July at 6:30pm Meet up by Canoe Lake. Trial the Jetsam plastic logging app around the park and beach.  User feedback is paramount in making this as impactful as possible.
National Events
Let’s Cut the Clutter – 12th – 18th July. Our government at local and national level say they want more people walking local journeys. If we are to achieve this, we must start by clearing up our streets.

Living Streets is asking everyone to help map the scale of the problem, contact local councils and demand action to protect our pavements.

Plastic Free July Challenge!  Join the Marine Conservation Society to help stop plastic waste and become part of a global movement to protect our beautiful blue planet.
Talks
Defending Nature Through Legal Action (Natural History Museum) – Tuesday 27th July 1-1:30pm This talk explores how should the law handle those who poach, pollute or otherwise harm the environment?

Havant FOE Newsletter - June 2021

Havant Great Big Green Week – 18th – 26th September 

Could you organise something in your own area?  It would be great to see lots of events around the Borough, celebrating action on climate and sending a message to the politicians (especially in the lead up to the COP26 climate talks in November) that we really care about the linked issues of cutting greenhouse gas emissions, protecting biodiversity and tackling waste and pollution. We want to be part of the national event: https://greatbiggreenweek.com/

We have a number of events planned including a display about the work of local groups in the Meridian Centre and stalls at the mayor’s coffee morning to show what environmental groups are doing but there is plenty of scope for more.

So, if you’re a member of a group could you plan an open day, a talk, a practical demonstration, a walk or a cycle ride?

Maybe a working group to clear a site, tree planting or an event involving children? Could you build an environmental theme into something you are doing already – even a coffee morning or religious service?

Do let us know if have ideas now or if you have any questions about the Great Big Green Week. Contact us at [email protected]

The Birds of Havant area

Lots of you will know Martin Hampton who gave us a great talk about the insects to find around Havant a few months ago.

Havant Climate Alliance has invited Martin back to tell us about the birds you might expect to see in the Havant area and what we can do to help them.

The talk is on Wednesday 23rd June at 7pm and you can sign up here https://actionnetwork.org/events/the-birds-of-havant-area-and-how-you-can-help/

Go Wilder with 30 Days Wild

From 1st to the 30th June The Wildlife Trust is challenging you to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June!

That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.

When you sign up, you’ll get a free pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to stay wild all throughout June and beyond!

The Wave of Hope

At the G7 in Cornwall this month – 12th and 13th June, the UK will be hosting the leaders of some of the world’s most powerful countries. So it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to crack the four major crises the whole world is facing; the Covid pandemic, injustice, climate change and nature loss.

We’re all invited to be part of the Wave of Hope craft action sweeping the UK to show the leaders that we want them to work together for a better world.

To take part in the Wave of Hope, the Crack the Crises coalition are asking individuals, families and community groups to put together creative window displays of handprints from their homes to raise awareness of the need for urgent climate action, adding messages of hope.

Take a photo of your window display and post it to social media using #WaveofHope. These images will then be collated together for use in a physical display at the G7 itself.

To find out more about the #WaveOfHope, visit crackthecrises.org

Havant Reservoir

The reservoir was discussed by the Havant Borough Council planning committee on Thursday 3rd June and we’re sure you know that it was approved.

The presentation was very comprehensive so if you want to know more about what it will be like you can find the supporting documents on https://havant.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=11382

Events coming up
Portsmouth Green Drinks – Thursday 10th June at 8pm

Jenni Jones from Sustrans, the walking & cycling charity will talk about the exciting new School Streets programme which is being launched in selected Portsmouth schools.

For a meeting link email [email protected] 

Groundswell 2021

Groundswell 2021 is a programme of talks, workshops, celebrations and discussions to bring together experts, activists and communities from across the movement for climate justice Organised by Friendss of the Earth. Friday, 11th June to Sunday, 13th June.

To find out more https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friends-of-the-earth-groundswell-2021-tickets-151455510509

Havant Climate Alliance Meetings

Meetings are via Zoom on the first and third Wednesdays and the next one will be on June 16th from 7pm. Contact [email protected] if you’d like the details

you can find out more on the website at https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/ or follow on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate

Green New Deal Havant

wants us to paint the town green on 19th June. See more here https://www.greennewdealuk.org/updates/paint-the-town-green-jobs/

Margaret Lockyer has loads of posters and would love help. Contact her at [email protected]

The South East Climate Alliance Networking event 2021

is on June 19th and the theme is Step Change: Thinking Big in the Year of COP26. You can find out all about SECA and join their mailing list on https://seclimatealliance.uk/about/

The Economics of Biodiversity II – Thursday 24th June at 7pm. A cafe-style conversation with Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta about his landmark global review of the Economics of Diversity.

Havant FOE Newsletter - May 2021

Havant Great Big Green Week

Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th September

we’re hoping to see lots of events around the Borough, celebrating action on climate and sending a message to the politicians that we really care about the linked issues of cutting greenhouse gas emissions, protecting biodiversity and tackling waste and pollution. We want to be part of the national event: https://greatbiggreenweek.com/

We have a number of events planned but there is plenty of scope for more. Could your group plan an open day, a talk, a practical demonstration, a walk or a cycle ride? Maybe a working group to clear a site, tree planting or an event involving children? Could you build an environmental theme into something you are doing already – even a coffee morning or religious service?

We would love to see you organise something during the week. There’s lots more information, ideas and resources you can use on the national website. Do let us know if have ideas now or if you have any questions about the Great Big Green Week. Contact us at [email protected]

Havant Climate Alliance

Wednesday, 19th May starting at 7.00pm

Meetings are held via Zoom and first on the agenda will focus on mainly the Havant Big Green Week in September. Contact [email protected] if you’d like the details of how to join in.

You can find out more on the website at https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/ or follow on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate

Rewilding Havant

Wednesday, 26th May at 7.00pm

We have invited Andy Ames from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to tell us about their Wilder Portsmouth project and the Waste of Space campaign. You can find out more and register here https://actionnetwork.org/events/rewilding-our-green-spaces

Havant Reservoir

This is going to be discussed by the HBC planning committee on Thursday 20th so send in objections if you want to. HFOE and HCA will be submitting a deputation. There are lots of things to worry about like access the huge quantity of emissions from the site and obviously the destruction of ancient woodland, with its impact on biodiversity. We need clear commitments to plant more to compensate.  We’d also like clarity on access, cycle paths, the design of the visitor centre.

Friends of the Ems

FOTE are campaigning to restore normal water flow in the River Ems which has for some years been under threat from over extraction of groundwater which feeds the river.

They have been able to make some progress and are now in regular contact with Portsmouth Water, the Environment Agency and OFWAT as well as other waterway protection groups. They are involved in the drafting of a report commissioned by Portsmouth Water.

Anyone who would like to get involved or be on the mailing list can contact FOTE at: [email protected]

Save Our South Coast Alliance covers the whole area around Chichester Harbour, so the edge of Havant and Hayling, but is concerned with land, marine and pollution issues affecting all the harbours and the whole peninsular. It’s worth taking a look at their website https://www.sosca.org.uk/
FOE Events – What has race got to do with the climate crisis?

Wednesday, 26th May

Join with activist and academic Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert for an exploration of racial and environmental justice. Alexandra is an activist, lecturer and a researcher in the politics of race and environmental justice.

Friends of the Earth Groundswell 2021

Friday, 11th June – Sunday, 13th June

Groundswell is a programme of talks, workshops, celebrations and discussions to bring together experts, activists and communities from across the movement for climate justice Organised by FOE.

To find out more https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friends-of-the-earth-groundswell-2021-tickets-151455510509

South East Climate Alliance Networking event

Saturday, 19th June 2021

The theme this year is Step Change:  Thinking Big in the Year of COP26. You can find out all about SECA and join their mailing list on https://seclimatealliance.uk/about/

Hampshire Climate Action Network – Meeting

The next meeting is on Saturday 5th June from 10.00am to 12.30pm

If you’d like the link, please email [email protected]

Portsmouth Friends of the Earth Bike Ride

Sunday, 30th May starting at 10.45am

The meet will be in Guildhall Square. Portsmouth Friends of the Earth Bike Ride is to celebrate National Bike Week, with the theme ‘Body, mind and soul: health and wellbeing through the ages’. More information can be found here, and email if you’d like to attend.

Biodiversity & Climate Crisis Summit – on the road to COP26

Wednesday, 2nd June, 5.30pm – 9.30pm

An international event with an impressive range of speakers, organised by UNA. You can find full details about the event here