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The Owl Podcast

The Owl Hoot, produced by Caroline Norbury, is a podcast and blog. Each fortnightly podcast episode features a guest who contributes in some way to protecting the planet.

Recent podcasts guests:

  • Holly McElhone
    Press and Communications Manager for Make My Money Matter

    Holly McElhone tells us how the Make My Money Matter campaign is raising awareness of the power of our pensions and calling on pension providers and businesses to pledge climate action towards net zero

    Simon Tilley
    Director and Resident at the Hockerton Housing Project

    Simon Tilley describes how he and his wife with 4 other families took a leap of faith, building a sustainable community consisting of impressive energy efficient homes, a water harvesting system and an organic growing area for foods.

  • Charlie Le Marquand
    Data and information officer for the Mammal Society

    Charlie shares her enthusiasm and knowledge of British mammals and how we can all get involved in recording their whereabouts. 


Hope Valley Climate Action Renewable Energy Survey

Hope Valley Climate Action would like to get your opinion on renewable energy.

Should we rely on importing this electricity from elsewhere? Or should we try and meet some of this increased demand through local generation and, if so, how should we do it, recognising the importance of landscape sensitivity in the national park?

Your views  will help inform HVCA and the Peak Park about options that are worth further investigation. But, replies from anyone interested are welcome as they are able to analyse according to location.

The survey will close on 31 January 2022 and the findings will be posted on the HVCA website

Survey Link:  


New Devices that can Eat River Plastic, Denmark's Ambitious Fossil Fuel Flights Pledge, and more...

National News In Brief (Jan 2022):

  • Meet Mr Trash Wheel – and the other new devices that eat river plastic

  • Denmark wants to make domestic flights fossil fuel free by 2030, despite solutions to reach their goal are yet to be developed.

  • New research published in Nature Food show veg diet plus re-wilding gives 'double climate dividend'

  • Deforestation: Aberystwyth Uni satellite maps show global impact

  • Snowdonia hydro schemes reach production milestone - 20 million kWh of energy over eight years which is enough energy to power 5,300 homes for a year.


E.A.R.T.H Gang | Book & Blog 

Do you have children that are interested in the challenges of climate change? Please check out “The E.A.R.T.H Gang” book & blog (the website ft. Hockerton Housing Project!).

Young people can share their ideas and submit items for the blog.

The book follows four children and dog who risk everything to help the earth. It is available for sale here. The author is based in Scotland on the Firth of Forth, but the same challenges apply wherever you are in the world.


Job Opportunity: Energy Advisor - Derbyshire

Marches Energy Agency (MEA)
Salary: £19,545 – £22,697 pro-rata 
Duration: 1 year contract, extension subject to funding 
Location: Home-based working.
Deadline: Wednesday 26th January, 1pm

As their services continues to develop, MEA's friendly team is seeking to add a motivated and compassionate Energy Advisor to help them support more householders in Derby & Derbyshire.

This will include providing around energy bills, fuel debt advocacy, energy efficiency measures, and grant funding

Other roles across midlands available. More information:

Marches Energy Agency (MEA) are an independent, Shropshire-based charity with remote staff that reaches across the Midlands.