Stratford Climate Action Network Tues 16th Oct 07 Methodist Church Hall, Stratford Present: 1. Dave Passingham, Friends of the Earth 2. Arnrid Wood, Tree Warden Scheme 3. Joyce Powell, Eco-congregations & Methodist Church 4. Ken Walker, Eco-congregations 5. Betty Walker, Eco-congregations 6. Emma Clarke, Warks CC 7. Cindy Musgrave, WEEAC, LA21 / Sustainable Action Stratford 8. Ruth Woollacott I, Alcester Business group 9. Arjuna Biswas, Stratford Voice + Oxfam 10. Tom, Oxfam 11. Rowan, Oxfam 12. Sarah, Oxfam 13. Leslie Turner, Long Itchington (LIFE) 14. Pam Reason, Bishops Itchington Eco Schools 15. Lila Morgan, LA21 / Sustainable Action Stratford 16. Rosemary Ratcliffe, Heart of England Housing Association 17. Philip Morris, Quakers 18. John Carrier, Snitterfield Action Climate Change 19. Duncan Parker, Snitterfield Action Climate Change Appologies: Margaret Anderson, Meryl Rice, Sheila Sandle, Heather Gerard, Lim & Evelyn Ho, Denise Kelly, Carol Chollerton Updates Long Itchington (LIFE) They have 40 subscribers and 10 activists They held a successful Environment Day in the summer at which Sir Howard Dalton FRS, Chief Scientific Adviser to DEFRA spoke They are running a mini “plastic bags” campaign Eco-congregations They have audited their energy saving measure and found that they had savings of up to 40% for the Church buildings They are petitioning for a 10p tax on plastic bags Church garden. Now grow plants that require less water and they’ve added compost to retain moisture. Lim Ho has proposed that the Network hold an Eco-Fair hosted at the church. He has produced a document outlining the idea Oxfam Oxfam is reducing the use of plastic bags and is providing cotton branded bags Fair Trade Town Stratford is now a Fair Trade Town They are interested in a joint forum with us on the effects of Climate Change and Fair Trade on developing Countries Alcester Business In response to the speakers at the Waste Network & Recycling Forum businesses in Alcester have sourced a local recycling company who can collect and recycles waste. Business waste can now be recycled and it is also saving the businesses money. Green Team Sent apologies as 20 of them were on a trip to an eco house in the north of England Quakers Have for a long time been working to stop climate change They have their own carbon footprint calculator Snitterfield They had a successful launch event in the Village Hall earlier in the year They run a village plastics + other recyclables collection for non-doorstep material They are campaigning for households to convert to “green energy” – they get a donation to their funds for each new converted house They have organised recycling at the school and Brownies Promote solar panels LA21 / Sustainable Action Have set up a not for profit company with Stratford the aim of obtaining funding for environmental projects. Green Champions are one of the projects applied for WCC Switch it Off Campaign for November Biomass Conference at Moreton Hall Climate Change Champion Future Forum Topics Effects of Climate Change and Fair Trade on developing Countries Transition to a Low Carbon Stratford by 2050. Action: DP Eco-Fair A discussion was held on Lim’s proposal. Some people felt that it should be limited to the New Town part of Stratford . It was proposed that a well known speaker be invited. It was decided to leave it to the organising committee to discuss further. Plastic Bags It was proposed that we run a “plastic bag free town” campaign similar to that in Modbury see http://www.plasticbagfree.com/. Several villages said they were already doing this in their areas. It was suggested we need to run an education campaign on plastic bags. It was decided to leave it to the organising committee to discuss further. Organising Committee Dave Passingham, Arnrid Wood, Ruth Woollacott, Arjuna Biswas, Lila Morgan, Lim Ho to meet to organise future events. (The next meeting was arranged for 7.30, Monday 12th November at Arnrids house in Shottery Rd ).