Is Transition a great idea?

 Radio 4 invites you to tell them. Has Transition St Albans helped you change the way you live – in small ways – steps towards a more sustainable community?

be inspiredalangardenGetting to know new people? Growing your own food? Recycling more? Insulating your house? Putting solar panels up or changing the lightbulbs? Walking more leaving the car at home? Helped create a community growing project @FoodSmilesStA ? Have you found out more about environmentally sustainable issues?

Radio 4 is inviting listeners to tell them what they would like to hear on the Radio for Listeners Week: Get Involved.

In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg and guests discusses the history of ideas; but is there a topic that it’s missed? Let the programme team know about your big idea. Would you like to hear more about communities responding to climate change issues – through the Transition network and sustainable food initiatives?

Woman’s Hour offers a female perspective on the world, but what’s your perspective? Are you one of the many women in TSA who volunteer their time and effort in the community to help inspire others to make a difference towards living in a sustainable city.

Saturday Live is all about sharing listener’s extraordinary stories. So if something unusual or amazing has happened to you get in touch. Has your garden transformed into an edible paradise? Did your involvement in Transition Streets help build lasting friendships with neighbours?

Listener Week on Radio 4

Do you have a fantastic idea for Radio 4 which you’ve always wanted to hear on air? What’s the burning issue that is being overlooked? Listener Week is your chance to get involved. This November three programmes are giving you the chance to curate their content.

Council fails to meet carbon emission target

St Albans and District council has failed to meet its ‘current reduction target’ for carbon emissions of 5% per annum  and is reducing this to an annual reduction of 1.8% per annum.

See council Environmental Issues Report click here

co2St Albans and District Council had a reduction target of 5%  per annum but latest figures for 2012 show that they have been unable to achieve this and they describe the original aim as ‘unrealistic’. In response they have announced that they will be reducing the annual target to 1.8%.

The full report Page 18 says:

‘3.4 Targets
Having monitored and reported our greenhouse gas emissions for a period of
6 years we can now deduce that the current reduction target of 5% per annum
is not feasible within our current resources. We have decided to set a longer
term target to reduce our emissions by 20% of 2008/09 levels by 2020. This is
equivalent to an annual reduction of 1.8% per annum since the baseline year.
In order to achieve this over the next 7 years we will need to achieve an
annual reduction of 2.3% per year.’

Transition St Albans is disappointed with the failure to achieve the 5% target and with the Council’s decision to relax its targets rather than to redouble its efforts to make a difference for our community. Our growing membership shows that the people of St Albans care a great deal about climate change and want to  halt the global warming caused by our unceasing use of fossil fuels and increasing carbon emissions.

Other authorities can do it!

Oxford City Council ‘ Carbon Reduction at the heart of everything we do’ managed to achieve its annual 3% reduction targets from 2011 and has now increased its year on year target to 5% .

Bedford Borough Council has set an aspirational target to reduce its carbon
emissions by 40% from its baseline 2009/10 year by March 2015. This target is outlined within the Council’s Carbon Management Plan click here.

Camden Council in 2010/11 reduced emissions by 9%, exceeding the average 7% reduction reported by local authorities across the country. In 2012/13 they continued to make carbon savings, and are now on target to achieve their 2017 ambitious target of 27% reduction.

How could the council help to reduce carbon emissions?

Our council – whatever their political leanings – holds the responsibility, leadership and budget to reduce carbon emissions on behalf of the community in St Albans.  If they have found it challenging to reduce carbon emissions, rather than reduce carbon emission targets they should be re-invigorating their environmental policies.

They could provide further help for Transition St Albans and other committed groups in the district to do more work in this sphere. This isn’t a game. We do what we do because there is a climate threat and it requires us all to respond now with practical actions.

The council is currently starting work on an overarching strategy to ‘coordinate and focus…approach to climate change mitigation’

Transition St Albans calls on the Council to make this an ambitious document which moves St Albans & district towards a sustainable, lower carbon future, playing our part in tackling climate change. We think the Council could and should take a lead on this issue for the whole district, bringing the business and voluntary sectors together to unite around a common goal of creating a sustainable district.

Meet the Food Growers – Food and Drink Festival

Grow it! Cook it! Eat it!

wed 1st October 8pm onwards

In the garden yurt at The Blacksmiths Arms, St Peters St

To find out more about the event please click here

David knows his parsnips!

You are invited to enjoy fine ales, meet these inspirational food growers, see and taste produce, and pick up a plant or two!

The evening is organised by  food growers from both FoodSmiles St Albans community growing project, and from Transition St Albans’ HomeGrown Food group.

Each of these local growers have one thing in common: they have all spent time contributing to projects to inspire and encourage more people in St Albans and District to pick up a pot and get growing!

Part of St Albans Food and Drink Festival  – Admission Free. 8pm onwards.

Meet the Food Growers – St Albans Food and Drink Festival

Grow it! Cook it! Eat it!

wed 1st October 8pm onwards

In the garden yurt at The Blacksmiths Arms, St Peters St

To find out more about the event please click here

David knows his parsnips!

You are invited to enjoy fine ales, meet these inspirational food growers, see and taste produce, and pick up a plant or two!

 

 

 

 

 

The evening is organised by  food growers from both FoodSmiles St Albans community growing project, and from Transition St Albans’ HomeGrown Food group.

Each of these local growers have one thing in common: they have all spent time contributing to projects to inspire and encourage more people in St Albans and District to pick up a pot and get growing!

Part of St Albans Food and Drink Festival  – Admission Free. 8pm onwards.

HARPENDEN Transition Streets this Autumn

Will your street in HARPENDEN be a Transition Street this autumn?

  • ever wanted to know more about how to reduce your energy use?
  • wondered why we have so much waste, or why recycling seems such a challenge!
  • ever felt guilty about that dripping tap and wished you knew how to fix it – just maybe one of your neighbours could teach you!
  • ever asked yourself if buying local food really does help the environment

Transition Streets is a community based initiative based…in YOUR street – waiting for you to help get it going!

streetshouses1With a simple philosophy Transition Streets believes that a group of neighbours coming together can learn, share ideas and find out how to take small practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint – AND – enjoy getting to know each other – all free!

 

  • save money on utility bills,

  • reduce your carbon footprint

  • meet new neighbours

  • Practical ideas on reducing energy, waste and water use, share tips on home insulation, food growing and transport.

Over 13 streets have completed successfully in St Albans, coming together for 7 meetings over six months or so: and there are more starting up now.

We are hoping to start Transition Streets groups in HARPENDEN this autumn in Station Road, Crabtree Lane, Lyndhurst Drive, Dalkeith Road, Overstone Road, Glemsford Drive, Holly Walk, Weybourne Close, Attwood and a second group Cowper Road (and we have interest on many other streets in Harpenden too).

If you live on the harpenden streets mentioned above, or know someone in those streets who might be interested, You can register interest at http://transitionstalbans.org/transition-streets/register-your-interest-in-streets/

See our website for more information or the recent edition of the Harpenden Forum magazine.

This innovative Transition Streets programme is run by Transition St Albans, a not-for-profit community group aiming to make a more ennvironmentally sustainable St Albans and District

HARPENDEN Transition Streets this Autumn

Will your street in HARPENDEN be a Transition Street this autumn?

  • ever wanted to know more about how to reduce your energy use?
  • wondered why we have so much waste, or why recycling seems such a challenge!
  • ever felt guilty about that dripping tap and wished you knew how to fix it – just maybe one of your neighbours could teach you!
  • ever asked yourself if buying local food really does help the environment

Transition Streets is a community based initiative based…in YOUR street – waiting for you to help get it going!

streetshouses1With a simple philosophy Transition Streets believes that a group of neighbours coming together can learn, share ideas and find out how to take small practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint – AND – enjoy getting to know each other – all free!

 

  • save money on utility bills,

  • reduce your carbon footprint

  • meet new neighbours

  • Practical ideas on reducing energy, waste and water use, share tips on home insulation, food growing and transport.

Over 13 streets have completed successfully in St Albans, coming together for 7 meetings over six months or so: and there are more starting up now.

We are hoping to start Transition Streets groups in HARPENDEN this autumn in Station Road, Crabtree Lane, Lyndhurst Drive, Dalkeith Road, Overstone Road, Glemsford Drive, Holly Walk, Weybourne Close, Attwood and a second group Cowper Road (and we have interest on many other streets in Harpenden too).

If you live on the harpenden streets mentioned above, or know someone in those streets who might be interested, please let them know that they can register their interest at http://transitionstalbans.org/transition-streets/register-your-interest-in-streets/

streets imageSee our website for more information or the recent edition of the Harpenden Forum magazine.

This innovative Transition Streets programme is run by Transition St Albans, a not-for-profit community group aiming to make a more ennvironmentally sustainable St Albans and District

HomeGrownFood skills sharing Sat Sept 20th 2.30pm

Last skills sharing of the year!

squash

Are you growing food? If you are, would you like to share some tips and ideas? If not would you like to? Visit our popular skills sharing sessions – what tasks are there to do in September for your food garden?

Heather and June, experienced amateur gardeners both, are offering to show you how they grow food in their gardens. Depending on the weather and how things are growing, topics likely to be discussed and demonstrated are:

  • Composting and green manure;
  • Seed sowing, pricking out seedlings and transplanting,
  • Succession sowing, containers, soil fertility & crop rotation;
  • Watering, mulching and feeding plants;
  • Pests and diseases;
  • Harvesting & over wintering crops.

Location

Sat 20th Sept 2.30pm -Heather’s Garden – 2 The Almonds (off the Poplars), St Albans, AL1 1UZ