The environment is under pressure. From oil spills to floods and droughts, our natural world needs an independent voice. To make sure Friends of the Earth have enough funds to take on big polluters, South East Essex Friends of the Earth (SEEFoE) hosted an open Orchard and Garden Event at Mount Holly, Downham on 1st October.
The Mount Holly Orchard was planted by a Quaker family in the early 1900’s. It contains apple varieties that were planted in Victorian times. It is one of the few orchards growing original Victorian varieties. A number of the varieties have still not been identified. In the course of the restoration, a new orchard extension has been planted. This extension is entirely made up of additional historic varieties that might be interesting for transitioners and permaculturists as they have long storing capabilities.
He was an active member of the group, campaigning on local and national environmental issues. He regularly attending meetings in Southend and London and as a keen sailor, had a particular interest in marine ecology.
He leaves a widow, Maria, and two sons, Paul and Robert.
Havens Hospices want to build a new £15m hospice on the site, but there are many brownfield sites in the area that could be used instead.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to join the campaign.
Alan Simpson, a former Labour MP and advisor on renewable energy who now advises Friends of the Earth, responds to George Monbiot’s recent article ‘Corporate Power? No Thanks’
It was as if George Monbiot had cued in the government to demonstrate his point about singing from the nuclear hymn sheet. Energy Minister, Charles Hendry, duly surfaced to proclaim that Britain was “on the brink of the biggest nuclear renaissance since the 1950s”, that Britain was to become “the number-one destination to invest in new nuclear” and that “nuclear is the cheapest low-carbon source of electricity around”. Of course its a lie, but don’t accuse the Minister of being unable to read a script. Continue reading
A government adviser reviewing the school national curriculum is recommending that climate change be excluded from the science curriculum.
We think that all young people need to learn about one of the biggest issues facing the planet.
If you agree please sign the email petition set up by People and Planet.
For more details, please see the article “Climate change should be excluded from curriculum, says adviser” on the Guardian website.
WITH Recycle Week coming up (June 20 – 26), we would like to tell people about Morsbags and the ‘pod’ which we have set up.
Most people are aware of the impact plastic bags have on the environment but perhaps not so many people know about the damage they do to wildlife, and especially to fish as plastic bags become ever more of a feature of our seas. Continue reading
HOUSE OF COMMONS
LONDON SW1A 0AA
Mr Denis Walker
Southend on Sea
Our ref: RSE8241
8th June 2011
Dear Mr Walker,
Thank you for contacting me about biofuels.
Biofuels have an important role to play in efforts to tackle climate change, if they are produced in a sustainable way, and have a part to play in promoting the security of energy supply. This role is particularly important where there is no viable alternative fuel on the horizon. Continue reading