No change of officers: Jules Tennick continues at Coordinator, Catharine Browne as Treasurer, and Virginia Fassnidge as Chair.
Catharine presented the accounts for 2010-11. Total expenditure - room rental, website and various other expenses - was £334.46 against total income of £413.29 - memberships, donations and takings at events (these last mostly from previous year however). Copy of accounts can be supplied on request.
We reviewed our activities since the previous AGM.
Have your energy bills rocketed this year? It's because the Big Six are keeping us hooked on dirty, expensive fossil fuels and because our homes guzzle power and leak heat.
Just six big energy companies supply 99% of our homes. And they've got the Government wrapped around their little fingers. They want to maintain their massive profits and keep new firms out of the market.
Politicians and regulator Ofgem have questioned the power and dominance of the energy companies - but nothing's changed.
Friends of the Earth has launched a petition calling for:
You can sign the petition to David Cameron on the FoE website. Paper copies will be available at the meeting on 16 November, when we will be discussing the campaign. This issue has become even more pressing in view of the recent announcement that the new Feed-In Tariff review will cut solar incentives in half, threatening our newly thriving solar industry. We need to lobby our MPs!
Friends of the Earth is calling on the Government to alter its plans to slash subsidies for households and communities that install solar panels, or face legal action.
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced plans last week to impose lower feed-in tariff payments after 12 December this year.
But Friends of the Earth has written to him, saying that unless the Government agrees to amend its proposals by 4pm on Friday 11 November, it will commence court proceedings.
Many solar energy projects across the country, including community energy projects that would benefit schools and hospitals, are under threat or have already been cancelled.
And schemes that would have seen thousands of social housing tenants benefit from lower fuel bills through having solar panels installed have already been abandoned.
The Government has launched a consultation on its proposals, but the deadline for responses is 23 December, nearly two weeks after the new tariffs are to be introduced.
Source: FoE website
Did you watch Panorama this week?
included a claim that
The £34 bn figure is based on the cost of setting up different energy types, not the cost of running them on an ongoing basis. Clearly, supplying power stations with gas is different from supplying wind turbines with wind.
For more on this visit http://www.foe.co.uk/news_events/policy_blog.html
Are we too many? 7 billion reasons to think
Public meeting Monday 5 December, 7 pm at The Polygon
As discussed last month, Ealing FoE and Population Matters are jointly hosting a meeting to discuss the issues raised by increasing world population. We’re hoping for some lively and interesting debate, so please spread the word: there is a poster advertising the meeting attached with this newsletter.
Campaign against Climate Change
Stand Up for Climate Justice March and Rally in
More details will be made available on www.campaigncc.org soon
7% of the
world's population produce 50% of the world's emissions
7% of the world's emissions are produced by 50% of the world's population
This year the floods in
The frequency and severity of weather related disasters is on the increase
and scientists tell us this is due to human-induced climate change caused
overwhelmingly by the high emissions and high consuming lifestyles of richer
countries like our own. Its the poorest and most vulnerable around the world -
many of them in
Stand up for climate justice on Saturday 3rd December midway through the Durban Climate Talks.
It would be good to have an Ealing FoE presence there!
Consultation on the Future of Ealing’s Green Spaces ends Monday 14 November -
so be quick if you want to let the Council know what you think
Information on the Green Space Strategy and an online consultation form can be found here: http://www.ealing.gov.uk/info/200073/parks__open_spaces/949/ealing_green_space_strategy
There is a petition to the Council asking that they abandon plans: to charge for garden waste, to withdraw the white sacks for plastics collection, and for the option in the contract to collect waste and recyclables fortnightly. If you want to sign, it is at:
We did talk about this at the last meeting, but we might want to return to it on Wednesday.
Ealing Transition Film Night Sunday 13 November: The Future of Hope
7.30 pm at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH
This film explores
Even if you don’t have any deciduous trees in your garden there are plenty of leaves around just now. When they have rotted down they make excellent mulch. Collect them in a bin liner, sprinkle with water, tie loosely and punch holes in the liner. Then just leave them somewhere out of sight and forget about them for a year, when they should be ready to spread on the garden.
Love Food Hate Waste Workshop
sustainable charity Wastewatch has recently teamed up with six
Wastewatch are offering free workshops to local community groups and organisations. These workshops are interactive and informative, and at the end of each session the participants will go away with sound knowledge of the environmental, social and financial issues surrounding food waste as well as practical tips to help them reduce their food waste.
We thought that this would make an interesting topic for one of our meetings, and we’re hoping that they’ll be able to come in February.
Meanwhile, you can find out more at http://www.westlondonwaste.gov.uk/category/news/, where you can also make a pledge to reduce your food waste and be in for a chance to win a prize!