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Havant FOE Newsletter - December 2020

SEAGRASS: A SEED OF HOPE HELPING TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE?
A talk to Havant Climate Alliance bt Tim Ferrero of HIWWT
Wednesday 9th December at 7.30pm

SEAGRASS

On Wednesday 9th join us for an event about Seagrasses which are the only flowering plants able to survive in the sea. Come and hear Dr Tim Ferrero of HIWWT explain how these incredible and threatened plants can help improve water quality, increase biodiversity, stabilise sediments and sequester nutrients and carbon and all on our shore step!

This is an opportunity to hear the science, ask questions and find out what you can do to help protect seagrass in Havant Borough, and all from the comfort of your own home.

Once you have signed up to the meeting you will be sent a Zoom invitation to join the meeting on the day of the event.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/seagrass-a-seed-of-hope-helping-to-combat-climate-change?

Havant Borough Council is organising a virtual open meeting/ Workshop for Havant residents and community groups to introduce the top priorities to be included in the new Havant Borough Council Climate Change & Environment Strategy It’s on Tuesday 8th December (Opening 4.45pm ) for 5pm – 6.30pm

To join in with the meeting you can either use your computer or the mobile app

Click here to join the Microsoft Teams meeting

The Green Homes Grant

Good news for people living in cold houses: the government has extended the Green Homes Grant to March 2022, giving us another year to claim and spend vouchers for up to £5k for home insulation, heat pumps, and other measures. But many installers are booked up for months in advance, so don’t leave it too long to apply. More details here

Good News Apparently, a record 47 religious institutions from 21 countries have joined together declaring they would divest from fossil fuels!  find out more here

Tree Warden News

If you’d like to receive a copy of ‘About Trees’, the monthly newsletter from Havant Borough Tree Wardens, please email Havant Climate Alliance at [email protected]

Support for Fossil fuels

Did you know that the Government is still supporting fossil fuel projects overseas? Global Justice Now has shown that nearly £4 billion of UK public funds have been given to fossil fuels since the Paris Agreement was signed. This included money from the international development budget and UK Export Finance.

Sign their petition

https://www.globaljustice.org.uk/campaigns/climate-and-energy

COP 26

The big climate conference in Glasgow next year is really important as it’s clear that the world is way off track in making the kind of emission cuts we need if we are to avoid more than a 1.5 C rise in temperatures.

There’s a short video on the BBC website which explains just how serious that would be. The Climate Coalition (about 140 campaigning groups around Britain) has lots of plans for 2021 and so does the COP26 coalition.

An international conference on 12/12 is to collect nationally determined contributions and the UK has just announced a rise in ambition from 57% to 68% of 1990 emissions levels. This is good but a lot of climate groups are concerned at the funds allocated will not deliver the cuts which are needed.

On Wednesday, the Government’s Committee on Climate Change will be issuing the Sixth Carbon Budget, required under the Climate Change Act. This will provide Ministers with advice on the volume of greenhouse gases the UK can emit during the period 2033-2037.

Green Jobs

What exactly are green jobs? How can we create them locally? The Green New Deal group is working on ideas for every area but in the meantime, check out their report https://www.greennewdealuk.org/updates/green-jobs-for-all-report/

Climate Outreach have done some great work on which issues appeal to different people and produced a toolkit for communicating climate issues. . The encouraging news is that most people in the UK are concerned about climate change but there are lots of different views about how to achieve the cuts we need. https://climateoutreach.org/
Trade and the Environment

There are lots of very confusing trade deals agriculture and environmental bills being debated at the moment as we lead up to Brexit. Friends of the Earth are making representations to make sure the environment and social justice and considered at every stage. Check out what we are calling for https://friendsoftheearth.uk/trade

Don’t forget that Havant Climate Alliance meets via Zoom most Wednesdays. 

The meeting on Wednesday 9th December is about Seagrass.

Please email us for the link if you’d like to join in future at [email protected]

To find out more https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/

You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate

Ideas for a green and fair recovery in Havant received during the Signpost Campaign

Last month, Havant Build Back Better and Friends of the Earth ran a Facebook and Twitter campaign asking people what sort of changes they’d like to see in Havant, post COVID.

Here’s what they said:

 

Business and Green Economy
Jobs in renewable energy
Training for new green industries
Greening of homes and businesses
Training young people for realistic green jobs

 

Green Spaces/ Natural Environment

Small meadow on Scratchface Lane recreation ground
Fruit trees on Scratchface Lane recreation ground
Wildflower corridors
No Mow May
Shallow Pond
Bird Boxes
Bug Hotels
More public rubbish bins  to reduce littering
Green spaces preserved and expanded
Tree planting scheme to provide flowering and fruit bearing trees
More protection of rivers and streams
Sea defences
More allotments

 

Active Travel/Transport

More cycle routes
Better public transport
Active places
Energy
Scheme to pay for renewable energy including solar panels, wind farms and wave energy
Community renewable energy generation schemes

 

Recycling/Waste

More public rubbish bins  to reduce littering
Make Havant Household Waste Recycling Centre more accessible to reduce flytipping
Council to collect bulky household waste for free in a timely manner
Community waste drops where households can fill a skip with rubbish on a given day and have it taken away for disposal for free
Improved recycling facilities
General awareness campaign to reduce waste
Food waste collection

 

Housing

Insulation
Double glazing
Heat pumps
Solar panels
More care taken on planning
Provide infrastructure to support new residents

Havant FOE Newsletter - November 2020

A Green and Fair Havant virtual meeting
Wednesday 11th November at 7pmDo join us to discuss your ideas and put them together into a vision for a thriving and sustainable community. This follows the Friends of the Earth week of action and you can find all the information here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/manage/events/127362331161/tickets **Sign up and we’ll send you the link just beforehand
Tell the Chancellor we need a green recovery and the money for it needs to be in the Autumn budget.

Our best chance at rebuilding a resilient economy goes hand in hand with tackling climate change and restoring nature. It’s never been more important to put a cleaner, greener future that works for everyone at the centre of public spending. Have your say on how the government spends our money – submit to their Comprehensive Spending Review today and say #TheTimeIsNow for a green and fair recovery. https://thetimeisnow.uk/comprehensive-spending-review/

The Trade deal with the USA

Despite protests over the NHS, food standards, animal welfare, digital security climate action and democracy, the government is pressing on with negotiations. There was an online rally on 24th October which is well worth watching – some excellent speakers spelling out the issues. You can watch it here https://youtu.be/klTukfwMzpw

Some online events coming up
There’s a conference with lots of interesting sessions leading up COP 26 Conference next year. It’s from 12th – 16th November https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-the-ground-up-global-gathering-for-climate-justice-tickets-123492698987
South East Climate Alliance Conference – 13th November
https://climateemergency.org.uk/  lots of useful and interesting sessions, check it out.
The Climate Outreach group is doing lots of work on how to get the climate crisis over to people and they are launching a new toolkit at a webinar on 18th November. https://records.climateoutreach.org.uk/civicrm/event/register?id=137&reset=1
Planning for the Future

Havant Friends of the Earth and Havant Climate Alliance recently submitted their response to this white paper consultation. The government is keen to speed up the planning process by zoning land that could be developed, classifying it as land for Growth (usually greenfield), land for Regeneration (usually brownfield) or Protected land which will not be built on. For Growth and Regeneration land, Local Authorities and communities will agree what sort of building and what designs they want, with as many requirements as possible. However, once that is agreed, developers will be free to build, without the democratic check of each project needing planning permission. We think that this can leave places vulnerable to unscrupulous developers who can find loop-holes and not deliver the quality homes that are needed.

There is much emphasis on designing beautiful homes in the white paper, without there being enough emphasis on the need to build for maximum energy efficiency, carbon net zero and biodiversity.

For a borough with as many geographical and environmental constraints as Havant, there will be conflict between land for Growth and land for Protection.

The paper includes an algorithm for calculating the number of homes that should be built, more if house prices are higher, and existing house numbers are greater than average. For Havant this almost doubles the number of homes that are already included in the Local Plan, from 504 p.a. to 962 pa. ,which most view as already too many.

The paper seems to identify local authorities and the current planning systerm as the main cause of delay in house-building, but the Local Government Association say that the main source of delay is developers who sit on sites with planning permission, waiting for house prices to go up to make it more profitable for them.

Havant Thicket Reservoir

Investigations are underway with Portsmouth Water digging large holes to investigate ground conditions on what will be the reservoir site, mainly on what is now open fields by Havant Thicket. Some ancient woodland will be lost and we are supporting its replacement, with Portsmouth Water. Cycle groups have been lobbying for an effective cycle and walking route round the reservoir, north to south and east to west. We are also supporting a proposal for the visitor centre to be built as an exemplar of self-sustainability by environmental standards.

Planning permission for 195 homes plus nature reserve on land north of Sinah Lane, Hayling Island

Barratt homes have been pursuing this development since 2018 and appealed to the Planning Inspectorate about it, as Havant Council delayed making a decision about it in March, as Covid-19 prevented them meeting. The Inspectorate still wanted to know what Havant’s decision would have been, had the meeting gone ahead, so the Development Management Committee met to decide this on Thursday 29th October. They agreed planning permission 5 for v 2 against. We are now waiting for a further decision from the Planning Inspectorate.

There are a large number of concerns about building on the Sinah Lane site.

Over 500 objections have been received against it and there were 10 deputations, which included the Chair of the Committee, Cllr. Clare Satchwell:

  • Loss of winter foraging for Brent Geese and Waders
  • Risk to water equality in Langstone Harbour
  • Coastal erosion
  • Site prone to flooding
  • Impact of extra traffic on Hayling’s roads which are already overloaded
  • Strain on local schools and health services
  • Homes not built to high enough standards for energy efficiency and zero-carbon.

Please contact Pat Brooks if you would like more information.


Some films members recommend

Try Kiss the Soil about farming methods which value our soil and The Game Changers, a very entertaining film promoting veganism and explaining why the world needs it. And don’t forget about David Attenborough’s film A Life on our Planet. All on Netflix.


Tree Cover

Friends of the Earth have produced a new report on nature in our national parks and a map to show how much access to green space different neighbourhoods have. There are some surprising results. For instance, the Yorkshire Dales have less tree cover than London and the Peak District less than Leeds.

Find out more here https://policy.friendsoftheearth.uk/insight/missing-action-natural-climate-solutions-englands-national-parks


Local Events

Portsmouth Green Drinks – Thursday 12th November at 8pm

Discuss Geology for the Future with Craig Storey & Nick Stoor from the University of Portsmouth.  Email [email protected] for details.


Tree Charter FestivalSaturday 28th November 12:30 – 6pm

Join the Woodland Trust for the biggest virtual celebration of woods and trees the UK has ever seen to celebrate the third anniversary of the launch of the Tree Charter.

Don’t forget that  Havant Climate Alliance meets via Zoom every Wednesday  

The meeting on 11th December will be a sort one straight after the discussion. You are welcome to stay and join us.

Contact [email protected] if you’d like the details Find out more on their website at https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com or follow them on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate

Caroline Lucas (Green Party MP) has presented a Climate & Ecological Emergency Bill to Parliament (with a lot of support) calling for much faster action on both. It would be great if you could write to your MP, supporting this. Find out more here https://www.ceebill.uk/