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Derbyshire Resident Publishes Think Like a Tree Book


Sarah Spencer, a Derbyshire resident, is publishing a practical personal development book called Think Like a Tree: the natural principles guide to life, which includes discussion of climate change solutions. Published on 1st May, the book aims to reveal the underlying principles of nature’s secrets of success by drawing on woodland examples from around the globe.
 
Sarah lives with her family on a smallholding in the National Forest in Derbyshire. She turned to the principles she observed around her in nature when she was suffering from a rare chronic illness to actively design her way back to health. She now shares her insights to help others via Think like a Tree workshops for adults and children.
 
During April, Sarah is offering free review copies of the book to anyone willing to write an impartial review on Amazon. More info: https://bit.ly/2I9xtGY
 

New Nottingham Air Pollution Group Launches

A new community group is aiming to tackle air pollution in Nottingham. Green Lights Notts is a new community-based research, evidence-based lobbying and public campaigning group that aims to improve people’s quality of life through the reduction of air pollution. The group is doing this in three key ways:

  • City Council monitoring & reporting
  • A research project  
  • Community & public engagement activities

The group is next meeting on Monday 29th April at 7:30 pm at the Vat and Fiddle. For updates on air pollution readings and events in Nottingham follow the group on twitter via @NottinghamAir or Facebook via @greenlightnotts”. To get involved sign up to the groups mailing list by emailing: nottsairpollutionactiongroup@gmail.com

Read our April Newsletter

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Community Climate Action Networking Event - 23rd March

Saturday 23rd March, Loundsley Green Community Centre, Chesterfield
12pm-4pm
Free event. Bring something to share for lunch

Facebook event

An opportunity for community groups in Derbyshire, Derby, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire focused on tackling climate change and other environmental problems to meet to share their projects, successes, struggles and ideas. There will also be a workshop which will provide a space in which to reflect on how your group and members are doing and how you can give yourselves the best chance of being a group that endures and thrives.

Workshops:

Creative opportunities for anyone to experience cycling. Alastair Meikle, Inclusive Pedals and Cycling Without Age

Hayfield Sustainable Transport: a minibus car club. Roland Strube, Hayfield Sustainable Transport

Local Anti-Fracking campaigns. Greg Hewitt

Campaigning to make it easier to build eco homes locally. Claire & James Healey, EnVelop Homes

Combating poor air quality. David Clasby, Sustrans

Whistlewood Common: a community-owned woodland. Katherine Parrish will talk about a community-owned woodland with an eco-newbuild roundhouse near Melbourne in South Derbyshire. The project draws on permaculture principles.

Declaring a Climate Emergency. Peter Robinson, Derby Climate Coalition

Both events will begin with a bring and share lunch - please bring something to share (let us know if you have any dietary requirements). It is helpful if you can indicate you are attending either via the Facebook event or by emailing Caroline Harmon: caroline.harmon@mea.org.uk, although you are also welcome to just turn up.

Community Climate Action Networking Event - THIS WEEKEND

Saturday 9th March - Sumac Centre, Nottingham
Saturday 23rd March, Loundsley Green Community Centre, Chesterfield
Both events: 12pm-4pm
Free event. Bring something to share for lunch

These events are an opportunity for eco-focused community groups in Derbyshire, Derby, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire to meet to share their projects, successes, struggles and ideas. There will also be a workshop at each event focused on creating and maintaining a group that endures and thrives.


Nottingham workshops:

  • Creating and maintaining a healthy group culture. A space in which to reflect on how your group and members are doing and how you can give yourselves the best chance of being a group that endures and thrives. Caroline Harmon, Marches Energy Agency
  • Climate friendly gardening. Tracey Lloyd, Windmill Community Gardens
  • Greening Beeston. Anne Jennings. Greening Beeston will also be bringing their eco dolls house which they use at community events to help people learn about eco friendly homes.
  • Campaigning to make it easier to build eco homes locally. Claire and James Healey, EnVelop Homes
  • Extinction Rebellion: declaring a climate emergency. XR Nottingham will be talking about their campaign to declare a climate emergency.
  • Nottingham Fixers. Jill Burns. The Nottingham Fixers are a band of volunteers who want to change the culture from ‘if it’s broken then chuck it’, to ‘if it’s broken let’s fix it.’ They run regular Repair Cafes in the city.

Chesterfield workshops:

  • Creating and maintaining a healthy group culture. A space in which to reflect on how your group and members are doing and how you can give yourselves the best chance of being a group that endures and thrives. Caroline Harmon, Marches Energy Agency
  • Creating opportunities for anyone to experience cycling. Alastair Meikle, Inclusive Pedals and Cycling Without Age
  • Hayfield Sustainable Transport: a minibus car club. Roland Strube, Hayfield Sustainable Transport
  • Local Anti-Fracking campaigns. Greg Hewitt
  • Campaigning to make it easier to build eco homes locally. Claire & James Healey, EnVelop Homes
  • Combating poor air quality. David Clasby, Sustrans
  • Whistlewood Common: a community-owned woodland. Katherine Parrish will talk about a community-owned woodland with an eco-newbuild roundhouse near Melbourne in South Derbyshire. The project draws on permaculture principles.
  • Declaring a Climate Emergency. Peter Robinson, Derby Climate Coalition

 

You can indicate you are attending either via the Facebook events or by emailing Caroline Harmon: caroline.harmon@mea.org.uk or you can just turn up on the day.

Facebook events:

Nottingham

Chesterfield