EFOE News January 2011
Let’s Talk Transport - Mayor’s Consultation Meeting in Ealing
Wednesday 19 January, 7.00 to 8.30 in Greenford
I hesitate to mention this as it is on the same
evening as our EFoE meeting! However, it does offer a chance to question Boris Johnson
about transport and what it means for the local environment, business,
For more information and to book free tickets, go to http://www.london.gov.uk/talklondon/transport
Family Eco Event in Southall, Wednesday 19 January
4 – 7pm at
This event organised by the Catalyst Housing Group, features a Give and Take stall (please no clothes, second-hand car seats or helmets), craft activities and information sessions on avoiding waste and saving money.
Share your left-over recipes and win a prize!
West London Waste is inviting people to send in their favourite recipes using at least two items of leftovers from the Christmas meal for a chance to win a restaurant voucher or a hamper of foodie goodies.
Go to www.westlondonwaste.gov.uk to find out more. The competition closes on 23 January.
Don’t pig out, veg out!
After a month of indulgence, January is normally a time for resolutions and diets, but there are plenty of fresh veggie treats to enjoy. Try seasonal favourites such as kale, leeks, swede, carrots, squash, celeriac and turnips.
Ealing Green Drinks is back after the Christmas break. It is open to anyone who has any interest in meeting like-minded people or who simply wants to talk about any environmental or green lifestyle issues, business or personal. Tuesday 25 January at the New Inn, St Mary’s Road, W5 from 8pm till closing time. See page 4 for update. http://www.greendrinks.org/London/Ealing
Friends of the Earth Greater South-East Regional Gathering
Join staff and fellow campaigners on Saturday 29 January to discuss environmental issues and campaign tactics. Check out the Events page on the FoE website for more information
* If you watched “Hugh’s Fish Fight” on Channel 4
this week, you’ll know that half of all fish caught in the
* MARINET (the marine network of FoE local groups) has sent this message:
We have been asked by C.O.A.S.T. (Community of Arran Seabed Trust www.arrancoast.com) to circulate the text of an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons which notes the serious impact that scallop dredging can have on the marine ecosystem and thus calls upon the Government to take action to regulate this type of fishing.
The text of the EDM is reproduced below.
EDM 1209 SCALLOP DREDGING 15.12.2010 Clark, Katy
That this House notes with concern the impact which scallop dredging is having on the marine environment; further notes that this practice has only started in recent decades and effectively scrapes the seabed to retrieve scallops but in the process damages other species and marine life; further notes the charted decline of the number of marine species living in the seas and is troubled that excessive scallop dredging is contributing further to this worrying trend; and calls on the Government and devolved administrations to take steps to regulate scallop dredging as a matter of urgency to protect the marine eco system and ensure that the United Kingdom can continue to support a diverse range of marine wildlife off its coasts.
The effects of scallop dredging and the reaction of the Isle of Man government to the threat it poses it its waters can be seen in a recent article in the Latest News section of the MARINET website http://www.marinet.org.uk/index.html, where you can also find many reports related to marine environmental issues.
* Greenpeace has just
published its new tinned tuna league table, showing which supermarkets and
leading brands are using the most sustainable fishing methods and which are
responsible for killing sharks and turtles and possibly even dolphins in their
tuna nets. While Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose came out on top,
Princes (who sell about one-third of the tinned tuna in the
Even before the table was published, Tesco, having got wind they had come last, made a rapid u-turn from its previous statements and announced that by the end of 2012 it aimed to have 100% of its tuna caught by rod and line. This was enough to move it from the bottom of the list, but of course it now must make good its promise.
Go to http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/tunaleaguetable to find out more and to send an email to Princes asking them to change their fishing methods. You can also order a free Fish Guide to help you make informed decisions about the fish you eat.
* While on the subject of fish, I can recommend Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky (Vintage 1999). Very readable and informative, it charts the history of cod fishing through the ages, its importance to the economy and the sorry results of over-fishing.
Make your own mild all-purpose cleaner to clean dirt, food spills, stains and build-up on most surfaces. Its deodorising properties make it an ideal solution for cleaning fridges, microwaves, even children’s toys. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 pints of water, then wipe surfaces with a soft cloth.
Based on excerpt from ‘Green Cleaning for Dummies’ by Sheldon/Goldsmith, available from http://www.foe.co.uk/bookshop
For more information on the weekend and on walking in
Wildlife Walks in Ealing More of John Wells’ interesting themed walks and talks
* Sunday 23 January: A bird-watching tour of
Public transport: Bus 65. Or buses 83, 207, 427, 607, E1, E2, E7, E8, E9 and E10 to Ealing Broadway or Underground (District/Central Line) or Fits Great Western to Ealing Broadway Station then 5 minutes walk.
On behalf of Ealing Countryside Rangers. Bring binoculars if you have them.
* Saturday 5 February: The mosses and liverworts of Perivale Wood
Meet in the hut at the entrance in
Public transport: Bus 297 or Underground (Central Line) to Perivale Station then 5 minutes walk
On behalf of the Selborne Society. Donations and new members welcome (Min. membership £4.00, family £6.00)
Sunday 23 January, 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
About 100 varieties of seed potato, sold by the tuber
so you can try new varieties as well as old favourites. Seed exchange: bring
your saved seed and half-used commercial seed packets to swap for something you
haven’t tried before. Venue:
For more information visit www.potatofair.org
Getting rid of stuff
If you’ve had a post-Christmas clearout and would like to get rid of unwanted items, there are now several alternatives to charity shops and Freecycle.
* Ealing Freegive connects people who are giving and getting unwanted items for free in their home town. It is open to all residents of the London Borough of Ealing who want to recycle that special something rather than throw it away. It is free to join. Ealing Freegive Group Link: http://www.freegive.co.uk/p/ealing.htm
* Launched recently, www.EcoBees.com is another organisation dedicated to keeping items out of landfill. There are no groups to join; everything is based on distance to you. You can see maps of where things are (including directions to them for easier collection), and you can swap and borrow as well as give and receive. Again, this is a free service.
Climate Change in the Theatre – hot topic?
There are two productions opening shortly that deal with the topic of climate change.
* The Heretic, at the
* More seriously,
After each performance there will be a chance to discuss and debate the issues raised in the play. In addition, there are several pre-show platform discussions and post-show conversations with some of the people interviewed for the play, providing further insight into the subject.
For more on these
Future EFoE meetings
16 February: Presentation on waste prevention in
16 March: Visit from Tom Wright, Friends of the Earth
Ealing Green Drinks Update
Theme: Muswell Hill Sustainability Group
Cara Jenkinson from the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group will be joining us on Tuesday 25th January. She set up their Low Carbon Bulk Buying scheme. The sustainability group raises awareness of carbon footprints and ways to reduce it. Here are a few words from their website:
As we produce more CO2 the Earth’s temperature rises with the frightening implications for every one of us of serious climate change. The problem is seemingly not on a human scale. How can a single person make a difference?
By becoming informed and aware a ‘mere’ individual can come to grips with their share of the most difficult challenge ever faced by the human race.
Just living in our houses creates about 30% of this country’s CO2 emissions. Our use of transport contributes around another 20%. Understanding our personal accountability begins to modify our behaviour and can transform opinion around us. Our every day domestic choices create the national and global picture.