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Derby City’s New eCargo Bike Scheme

Cycle Derby’s eCargo bikes are now available for businesses to try and half are already in use across the city. Cycle Derby was awarded around £42,000 to buy 8 electric cargo bikes from Department for Transport’s eCargo Bike Grant Fund.

This try-before-you-buy scheme aims to encourage local businesses and organisations to explore more sustainable methods of transporting goods and services around the city centre. 

Businesses can loan the eCargo bikes for up to 6 months for free. There are only 4 bikes left so any local businesses interested in trialling them are urged to register their interest by emailing: 
mark.smith@derby.gov.uk

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Plastic Free Chesterfield Competitions

Deadline: Sunday 4th July

  • Summer Poster Competition
    For 5-11 years old
    Must attend a school within Chesterfield Borough.

    Create a poster to discourage the use of single-use plastic in the summer. Winners will be selected by flagship employer, CCS Media. Plastic free prizes include personalised reusable water bottle for winners and a personalised reusable tote bag for runners up.

    https://bit.ly/2RCUdVX
     

  • Poetry Competition
    For up to 10 years, 11-18 years, and Adults.

    Inspiration behind the poems (less than 200 words) should be your thoughts about how we are affecting our environment, especially with our use of throw-away items like plastic bottles. The poem can be in any style, comic or serious.

    The winners will have the chance to read out their poem live at the Plastic Free Festival!

    https://bit.ly/2TRSTPU

Bassetlaw District Council Appoints a Cycle Champion

To promote the benefits of cycling and develop cycling opportunities for the district, Bassetlaw District Council has appointed its very first ‘Cycling Champion’ - Cllr John Shephard (Ward Member for Worksop South East and the Chair of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

His role will include:

  • Promoting cycling for all age groups across the District
  • Raising public awareness of the benefits of cycling
  • Creating safer cycling and walking routes
  • Contributing to creating a healthier Bassetlaw through cycling-based initiatives

Cllr Shephard said: 'Cycling is a huge part of my life and I am thrilled to be taking up this new role that will help to encourage more people to get back on a bike or take up cycling for the first time.

As a passionate cyclist, I want families to be able to ride to parks, shops, schools and to work on safe and enjoyable routes. So I will be working with other councils and partners, as well as our own officers, to try and create new cycling routes and make existing routes a little safer.'

https://bit.ly/3g77pvH

 

Engaging Ethnic Minority Communities | University of Nottingham Research

Do you belong to an organisation that is focused on climate change? Are you concerned about inclusiveness?  A University of Nottingham team have organised an online survey that takes about 15 minutes to complete, looking into how campaigners on climate change engage with ethnic minority communities.

Here is the survey link: https://bit.ly/3wvfRKw

For more information, you can contact the researchers, Rosie Brown and Charles Ogunbode, via rose.brown.1907@gmail.com or from Nottingham Climate Assembly (info@nottinghamclimateassembly.co.uk).

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National/International News In Brief (May 2021):

  • Sir David Attenborough named COP26 People’s Advocate ahead of the crucial summit

    https://bit.ly/2ROKXOr
     

  • Tesla will no longer accept Bitcoin over climate concerns, says Musk

    https://bbc.in/3uMZqIZ 
     

  • Global renewable energy industry grew at fastest rate since 1999 in 2020

    https://bit.ly/3fegscx
     

  • Nearly 40 UK food businesses have threatened to stop sourcing products from Brazil over proposed land reforms that could accelerate deforestation in the Amazon.

    https://bbc.in/3uXrlGc
     

  • Young Christians from across the country are walking in relay from Cornwall to Glasgow to raise awareness of COP26

    https://bbc.in/2QeNoZZ
     

  • Bristol bike repair club helps young people tackle mental health

    https://bit.ly/3bnDWuT