New Year Green Resolutions

May we help you to be GREENER in 2024? Here are 7 great ideas to help you have a greener cleaner 2024. Reduce your carbon, increase nature, and save money this year!

  1. Travel can be fun: Let the train take the strain and make your journey an enjoyable part of the holiday. Stop enroute and enjoy an interesting city. www.seat61.com has lots of advice about how to reach places quickly or scenically and how to book. www.railbookers.co.uk does it all for you!
  2. A walk in nature walks the soul back home: Spending more time in nature can benefit both your mental and physical well-being. Doing things like growing food or flowers, or exercising outdoors can have lots of positive effects. Join your local wildlife group to get more involved. Wild Maidenhead www.wildmaidenhead.org.uk or Wild Cookham www.wildcookham.org.uk or all the ‘Wilds’ are listed here.
  3. More joyful than ‘dry’ January! Veganuary is also much more worthwhile. www.veganuary.com will send you their celebrity cookbook, meal plans, recipes and lots more – all for free! If not for all January then try 1 more veggie or vegan meal than normal.
  4. Upskill to upcycle? Try something new and celebrate new skills – like upcycling your unwanted furniture? Pop into our ECO Action hub and look at the items on display by our two associates for inspiration! You can buy them too!
  5. Use that windowsill: A salad/ herb pot will give you fresh herbs for months. ECO Action will have seed and seedling swaps in the early Spring. Maidenhead Veg Growers Facebook site offers valuable help.
  6. ‘New’ Clothes are so ‘yesterday’: Pre loved sites like www.vinted.co.uk and local charity shops will make you an individual and save you money. The ECO Action Repair Cafe can help you make fabric repairs.
  7. Save parking costs! Discover your local cycle routes. Cycling makes you fitter and saves money on petrol (no parking costs either). Maidenhead Cycle Hub will service your bike or sell you a reconditioned one www.cyclehub.org.uk/workshop!

Here is a file to download of all of these if you want to have a keepsake: HERE

Choose one, choose two, … or more! Keep a track of them, come into the Hub and let us know how you are doing! And a Happy Green New Year to everyone from the ECO Action Hub WAM!

Tipping Points – Good News!

“Our Positive Tipping Points are bringing change to the climate crisis”.

New research at the University of Exeter highlights the growing threat of “tipping points” that could accelerate the climate crisis. They’re also identifying sources of hope: Positive Tipping Points. That sounds like good news?

We have identified Positive Tipping Points in a range of areas from agriculture and ecosystem regeneration to politics and public opinion. Some Positive Tipping Points are already in progress. Others are yet to be triggered. Understanding these areas and working to identify the opportunities could allow us to activate Tipping Points that could combine into cascades of positive change.

For more information read this post from Exeter University here: Our Positive Tipping Points are bringing change to the climate crisis | University of Exeter

Sustainability is for everyone: Parisa’s Journey …

This is Parisa Wright’s TEDTalk last month. She’s talking about her journey to a more sustainable lifestyle and what she is now doing to help her family & her community.

Picture of Parisa Wright

Living Sustainably: Her story and the journey she has been on is so well described and emotionally powerful. She talks about how living sustainably to benefit her community and her children is all about saving money.

Please watch: Sustainability is for everyone | Parisa Wright | TEDxBeckenham – YouTube

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“Chris Packham: Is It Time To Break The Law?”

REVIEW BY ANDREW INGRAM

The recent illegal tactics adopted by Just Stop Oil and other such groups have split public opinion and sent news media like the Daily Mail into a proper ragin’ fury. Continual photos of long traffic queues on the M25 were accompanied by stories of key workers such as nurses who were unable to get to hospitals, relatives who could not attend funerals etc.

There is no doubt these activities caught the public’s notice, but left many feeling alienated from the cause because of the seeming unfairness of the results.

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Intelligently, Chris Packham does not start by taking sides in the debate. He just asks the question: in the ever-worsening environmental crisis is it time to go beyond lawful protest into civil disobedience and illegal activities?

The resulting programme is more of a think-piece than a documentary. If the legal and governmental structures we have are proving unresponsive to the climate crisis, there is a case to consider more direct action. As we know, it can work (suffragettes) but it doesn’t always (anti-abortion protests in US).

Tragically, Packham partly blames himself for the current situation: as a high profile conservationist and spokesperson on environmental issues, he has failed to bring about the changes needed.

One of the most anguished parts of the programme is Chris Packham talking about his intense disappointment when attending COP 26 in Glasgow – the only truly global mechanism for dealing with these challenges. There, despite consistent and alarming evidence about the climate emergency, decisions were ducked, agreements were botched and national financial interest constantly put ahead of global responsibility – encouraged by the highly-paid and persuasive voices in the fossil fuel lobby. So we wait and watch to see what comes out of COP 27.

We rate this programme very highly and encourage you watch it if you haven’t already (link here). Not everyone liked it, with the Daily Mail reporting “Suella Braverman slams Chris Packham”. Well, that’s that sorted out then.

“We must now look at the world through a new lens”

The BBC’s Planet Earth III is now on television and iPlayer.

Presented by Sir David Attenborough it’s a fascinating journey to the far reaches of our planet. It follows some of the world’s most amazing species, telling extraordinary stories that are dramatic, thrilling, funny and sometimes heart-breaking, but always full of hope.

For anyone who cares about the climate and biodiversity … it’s a must-watch!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0gjwxhv

Sir David Attenborough

“Cultivating Climate Solutions & Unveiling Green Garden Secrets with Peter Gibbs”

Discover the secrets to greener gardening, embrace the power of weeds in your garden, and gain essential planting tips to thrive in scorching summers. Join Peter Gibbs in a thought-provoking conversation with the ECO Action Hub as he unveils the single most impactful change you can make in your garden to combat climate change.

🎧 Listen to the full interview here (5:20 mins):

Peter Gibbs

Peter Gibbs, a well-known figure from BBC Weather and the chair of Radio 4’s beloved Gardeners’ Question Time, along with his contributions to BBC TV’s technology program Click and Radio 4’s environment series Costing the Earth, will guide you towards a greener, more sustainable garden and a healthier planet. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference!

This enlightening discussion is just one installment in our “Climate Conversations” series, brought to you by the ECO Action Hub.

“Cultivating Climate Solutions & Unveiling Green Garden Secrets with Peter Gibbs”

Discover the secrets to greener gardening, embrace the power of weeds in your garden, and gain essential planting tips to thrive in scorching summers. Join Peter Gibbs in a thought-provoking conversation at the ECO Action Hub as he unveils the single most impactful change you can make in your garden to combat climate change.

🎧 Listen to the full interview here (5:20 mins):

Peter Gibbs

Peter Gibbs, a well-known figure from BBC Weather and the chair of Radio 4’s beloved Gardeners’ Question Time, along with his contributions to BBC TV’s technology program Click and Radio 4’s environment series Costing the Earth, will guide you towards a greener, more sustainable garden and a healthier planet. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference!

This enlightening discussion is just one installment in our “Climate Conversations” series, brought to you by the ECO Action Hub.

Heat Pump AND keep your boiler?

Have you been looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Do you want to save money on your gas bills? Thinking about getting a heat pump … but realised you might need to make LOTS of changes in your house?

Have a listen to this climate conversation with Christph Grossbaier from Econic Energy. Christoph is all about helping people understand there are other options: a ‘hybrid’ heat pump working with your gas boiler may give the best all-round solution: making sure you have a system to heat your house when it’s really cold, significantly reducing your carbon output now, and all while saving you money lots of on your gas bills immediately.

Click on this link to see a short informal interview with Christoph: https://tinyurl.com/hybrid-heat-pump-discussion

Photo of Christoph

For anyone that wants to learn more about (hybrid) heat pumps, you can find out more on goeconic.com.They are also running a leaflet campaign in parts of Maidenhead, so look out for an orange Econic flyer through your letter box and in the Hub!

School uniforms and sustainability: Seema Goyal, Managing Director, Goyals of Maidenhead

The production of school uniforms requires the use of natural resources, such as water, energy, and raw materials, which can have a significant environmental impact. The production process can also result in the release of harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Additionally, the transportation of school uniforms from the manufacturer to the school can also contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. This is especially true for schools that order uniforms from overseas manufacturers.

Another environmental impact of school uniforms is the disposal of old or unused uniforms. Many schools require students to purchase new uniforms each year, which can result in a significant amount of textile waste. While some schools have implemented uniform recycling programs, the majority of uniforms still end up in landfills.

Watch the short video below on:

  • Using recycled plastic bottles to produce uniforms
  • Saving energy
  • What’s the sentiment in the Chamber of Commerce

Interview with Roger Platt branch partner William de Salis Johnston

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are an important tool for home buyers as they provide valuable information on the energy efficiency of a property. EPCs provide an indication of how much it will cost to heat and power a property and how much carbon dioxide (CO2) will be emitted as a result.

Watch this short video for:

  • How important are EPCs to home buyer?
  • How will the new EPC rules affect the rental market?
  • Is there an upside if buy-to-let landlords are selling up?