Show the Love 13th Feb

‘We have to learn to love our earth again’ – Show the Love – with a green heart valentine on 13th Feb – Make, Wear and Share…see
http://fortheloveof.org.uk/show-the-love-green-hearts/

If you are in St Albans market on Sat 13th Feb look out for DivestHerts who will be asking you to create your own green hearts and they will be sharing the petition to ask Herts County Council to divest their pension fund from fossil fuels. Divest Herts is supported by Transition St Albans, along with Watford Transition Town, Global Justice Now, Friends of the Earth and other climate concerned groups in St Albans, Watford, Rickmansworth and Bishops Stortford.

This new short film has a powerful message of love for our common home. Released by the The Climate Coalition ‘I wish for you’ is written by Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and author of best-selling books such as Private Peaceful and Warhorse.

Free meat free Cookery demo tonight!

At the St Albans Friends of the Earth meeting

Tues 2nd Feb 8pm
Garden Room, St Pauls Church (corner of Blandford Road and Hatfield Road, St Albans)

Heather from the Green Kitchen will be doing a demonstration of some easy animal free dishes for you to try. Eating less meat and animal products is an easy way to reduce your impact on the environment and Heather will show you that animal free food can be easy and delicious.

Lydia Dant from Waterwise – about a new EU water saving project that 100 St Albans residents will be selected to join. Everyone welcome

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Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting

Notice of: Extraordinary General Meeting

Wed 10th Feb 7.30pm Fleetville Community Centre AL1 4QL

This meeting is being held to:

(i) seek approval from members to change the name of the group from Transition St Albans to Sustainable St Albans.

(ii)  To seek delegated approval for the steering group to investigate and proceed as appropriate with a) changing the constitution of the group and b) seeking to register the group as a charitable organisation.

All members welcome to this meeting for a full discussion and vote. To see the current constitution please see the Governance page on the website click here

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For further enquiries please email the steering group click here

 

 

Jan – Open Meeting and Open Food Gardens

Jan Open Meeting
Wed 20th Jan 7.30pm
Fleetville Community Centre
Royal Rd, St Albans AL1 4QL

  • Everyone, new faces and familiar faces – welcome to this Transition St Albans Open meeting – to say hello to a New Year, revisit old friends and meet up with new ones – discuss some new ideas and think about the year ahead.
Agenda to include:
  • Presentation on current projects
  • Ideas for volunteers and helpers
  • Small group discussion and sharing of ideas
  • Sustainable St Albans evaluation and future in 2016
  • Green Hearts – Day of Action 13th/14th Feb
  • Refreshments

This meeting has a special focus on welcoming new members and sharing ideas on how to get involved especially with our Food Growing group and the Thermal Imaging Camera and Transition Streets: we will be showing a short film (tbc) with discussion; provide full feedback and the evaluation of Sustainable St Albans Week, and tell you what will be coming up for 2016.

We would love to see familiar faces at this event, to help with small group discussions – and give an opportunity for people to get to know what kinds of things have been happening over the past year,  and what opportunities there are for future activities.

Free – Refreshments available.


Open Food Gardens 2016 – gardens and helpers wanted!

Transition St Albans increasingly popular programme of Open Food Gardens has been running since 2010 – members of the Home Grown Food Group are now seeking people willing to open their gardens to show what food can be grown in the District’s gardens. We hope to have a series of garden openings from May through to September.

You don’t need to have years of experience or a huge garden – people who have recently started growing fruit or vegetables and food growers who make use of small spaces are all welcome.

We are looking for:

  • A mix of gardens in terms of size and location, ideally with side access so people don’t need to go through your house
  • Willingness to open your garden for two hours on one afternoon that suits you between May and September
  • Gardens where a few different types of fruit or vegetable are grown, even if just in small quantities
  • Examples of environmentally sustainable gardening, e.g. water saving, composting.

If you are interested in being involved, we’d love to hear from you to talk about it more.

Please contact Romayne Hutchison romayne.hutchison@gmail.com  on  by Wed 3rd Feb  if you would like to discuss opening your garden; we will then arrange to visit you and your garden. And please contact Romayne also if you think you could help with welcoming visitors to gardens once the dates are confirmed – this is a very enjoyable way of contributing to TSA and need only take a couple of hours of your time.

Local press highlights local community giving young people a voice

10 Dec 2015

It is somehow immensely satisfying to see our efforts in print!  This Herts Advertiser article on Sustainable St Albans Week is a good all round story.

However the main thanks of the day go to the 1800 school children who worked hard across local schools to write their messages. One teacher said: Almost all the postcards written by our children were extremely passionate and they really understood the importance of what they were trying to do.

Prae Wood groupDIncluded in the feedback to Sustainable St Albans was this gem about Postcards to Paris in the classroom:   One teacher had the best lesson she has had with a year 5 class who were so engaged and passionate she had to force them to eventually move onto something else as they could have kept going all day!

To see more about #Postcards2Paris and the messages children wrote click here


Future Visions

FVfrontTo download your copy of Future Visions 2030 click the image. Future Visions was compiled by local people, and in words, poems and photos, looks at the journey towards a sustainable St Albans.

 


Sustainable St Albans 2015 was a collaboration between Transition St Albans and St Albans Friends of the Earth, with support from St Albans District Council. We are grateful to the Big Lottery for core funding, our local community for their help with Crowdfunding, and to our district councillors who helped to fund the week. Click here for more about our funders

Last chance! Closing tonight!

Did you go to any of the events for Sustainable St Albans Week ? Please fill in your Feedback Survey click here to see

– The 3 mins Feedback survey is closing tonight and the organising team are asking you to give your personal feedback, thoughts and comments on the week. What would make it even better? What were you favourite bits? What did you think about the event you attended?

Christmas Treat!

Your Feedback can win you entry to a prize draw for an Abel and Cole Fruit and Veg Box for Christmas – click the link below to go to the Feedback Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sustainablestalbans

One family’s surprise journey

Mike Wilkins, a local St Albans District Resident didn’t know what was ahead of him when planning to attend the 2015 global Climate Change talks in Paris  – he was going in his capacity as the head of environmental and climate research at credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s.

In April this year the ambitious Sustainable St Albans Week tean decided to ask over 2,000 local residents, adults and children, to write their own message to Amber Rudd MP, the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – they saw it as a way of linking the local week’s events, on environmental sustainability, directly to the global Climate Change talks.

‘We thought that it might help raise awareness of climate change issues, and give a voice to local young people at these important talks” said  Amanda Yorwerth, local Friends of the Earth organiser and member of Sustainable St Albans team. But the big question was, how would they get the cards delivered?

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Mike Wilkins with wife, Caroline and children, Thoma, 16, and Miranda, 15, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris with the Postcards.

This weekend, with the help of his family, Mike, who was friendly with one of the Sustainable St Albans team,  has taken over 2,000 ‘Postcards to Paris’ in his luggage, and is preparing to hand them over personally to the UK representative at the climate change talks. Over 1800 of these cards are messages written individually by children from 5 – 18 years old; the children have also drawn their own images representing their views on climate change.

From Paris this weekend, Mike commented: “Climate change is a multi-generational issue. It’s a privilege to be able to handover the hopes and aspirations of so many St Albans schoolchildren represented in these postcards.”

With few resources to build the week, the initiative was brought to life by Clare Henry, a local ex-school teacher who worked on a lesson plan for schoolchildren on the Paris talks. Clare used her contacts to work with over 30 schools who helped pupils consider the messages they wanted to send.

This weekend, the Wilkins’ family arrived in Paris ahead of the talks, and have successfully transported the cards. Mike will be handing the cards over on 8th December to a representative from DECC, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, at an event organised by them at The Grand Palais in Paris.

Images of the cards and the messages sent by children can be seen on the Sustainable St Albans Week photo gallery click here. Sustainable St Albans Week was the first ever week about environmental sustainability in the district with over 100 events run by local groups and was funded by The Big Lottery, with additional support from county councillors, and local businesses.