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Help More People Understand the Impact of Flying

Did you know that a flight to LA and back emits as much carbon dioxide as chopping down more than 100m2 of rainforest? We know that we need to cut our emissions as fast as possible to protect the climate. Avoiding taking flights is one of the best things we can do to reduce our environmental impact.  

Possible have created a fantastic set of shareable images that highlight the relative impact of flights that help convey the scale of the problem, including flying vs. recycling, flying vs. smart phone, and flying vs. avocados.

You can check them out here.

TerraCycle: From Crisp Packets to a Garden to Help Young People 


 

With the help of thousands of recycled crisp packets, a new garden, Wooden Spoon Allotment, has been created to support young people with mental health problems in Leicester. It provides a quiet place to connect with the environment, and offers a range of activities for 13 to 25 year-olds to rebuild their confidence, self-esteem, and skills in a safe environment.

The garden includes a ping pong table, four planters, four seedling tables, a picnic table, two benches and four bird nesting boxes. These items were made by TerraCycle from recycling collected across the UK, including used packing for nuts, popcorn, crisps and pretzels from KP Snacks.

The partnership with TerraCycle forms part of KP’s pacKPromise – a three-step plan to reduce the company’s packaging impact. 

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Unanimous Support for Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Biodiversity Project

Derbyshire Dales district councillors have voted unanimously to increase biodiversity in the road verges and open spaces the authority manages - 12 pilot areas have been identified.

DDDC were approached by 5 community groups and organisations to take part in the Council’s wildflower verge project:

  • Rewilding Hathersage
  • Wilder Wirksworth
  • Bradwell Wildflower Project
  • Doveridge Parish Council
  • Hartington Parish Council

The groups have informally adopted the verges in their area and are working in partnership with the council to manage them for wildflowers and pollinators.

Each of the pilot sites are being surveyed as part of the monitoring, to see how the verges develop over the next three years.

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Rural Action Derbyshire's Electric Bike Scheme

For 15 years, Rural Action Derbyshire has been running a scheme called Wheels to Work which provides transport solutions for people who struggle to get to work or training because of a lack of suitable public or private transport. They offer moped loans, reconditioned bicycles, and help towards transport costs in some circumstances.

This year, Derbyshire County Council have provided £52,500 to help fund Wheels to Work and some of the money will be used to pay for a fleet of e-bikes. The addition of six electric bikes will useful for users needing to travel greater distances and in hilly terrain.

There are a limited number of electric bicycles available now on a first-come first-served basis. There is a small loan charge of £30 a week (£25 for students) and the scheme is open to anyone who is struggling with access to education, training, or employment in Derbyshire.

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Derby City Council’s Sustainable Transport Grants

Through the Connected Grant scheme, businesses and voluntary or community groups based in Derby can apply for up to £15,000 to fund improvements or initiatives that encourage sustainable travel and working practices. This could cover both infrastructure and incentives for staff or visitors, including:

  • Use of e-cargo bikes
  • Creating cycle parking and storage facilities
  • Installing electric vehicle charging points
  • Building showers and changing facilities
  • Improving site access for walking and cycling

As part of the application, organisations will develop a Travel Action Plan. They will get free help and advice on travel measures that will have the greatest impact on their organisation/group.

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