Events

Coming up next…with more detailed information on these and future events see our ‘Events Calendar’ page. Check back regularly or on our Facebook and Twitter pages to find out about new events, as they are added.

Saturday 9th October (10.30-1pm) October’s Green Cafe (including AGM and speakers)

Featuring our usual catch-up and feedback about climate & biological emergency related topics, our 2021 AGM and speakers (from 11.45am) on:

‘The Science Behind the United Nations Climate Change Report & Conference’ presented by Julia Hargreaves and James Annan, followed by questions.

 

 

PAST EVENTS

‘The Great Big Green Week’ took place between 18th-26th September) – just before the major international climate summit COP 26 comes to Glasgow (1-12th November), ‘The Great Big Green Week’ was a  perfect time to celebrate the difference we can make when we come together to win a greener, fairer future for our environment and people all around the world. Our week was part of a UK-wide week of action being organised by the Climate Coalition more information about them here: https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/ and featured tree care, preserving talk, transport session and a Give and Take Day.

September’s Green Cafe featured: an ‘away’ to take the opportunity of joining  Clapham Sustainability Group’s ‘information day’ at in Clapham village hall. A report of this can be found in our September Newsletter.

 

 

August 2021’s Cafe  featured a catch-up in-person after this prolonged period of being virtual. We talked about our reactions to the UN’s latest climate report and organised distribution of our transport and energy survey until the end of September (more on that once data has been analysed).

 

June 2021’s Cafe featured: ‘Making the most of Home Energy’

Do you know your FITs from your SEGs and is it worthwhile to install solar panels since Feed in Tariffs were replaced by less generous Smart Export Guarantees? And what about heating your whole house and hot water with a heat pump? Government plans suggest they are one of the key ways to decarbonise home heating. Do they really work here in the north, and how?

These were just some of the questions discussed along with hearing from an ACE member with experience of generating and using their own electricity in Settle, taking advantage of battery storage.

May 2021’s Cafe featured: Settle Town Council plans to counter the climate emergency

Settle Town Councillors presented their recently agreed Climate and Biodiversity Policy Report. The report was adopted by the Town Council on 1 March and sets out actions they will take to become carbon neutral by 2030 and improve biodiversity of their owned and managed land. Cllr Robert Bellfield who led the team giving the presentation commented:

“The Council are committed to their Climate Change & Biodiversity Policy and Plan, and would like to invite local businesses and the people of Settle to join them in taking action to mitigate climate change and the loss of biodiversity.”

March 2021 – Spring Conference on Zoom: ‘Growing the Green Recovery’ – more details of the conference here:

Growing the Green Recovery – details, speaker bios and programme

Featured the following speakers:

  • Neil Heseltine – Chair of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
  • Anna Clayton/Melanie Fryer – Food Futures Lancaster
  • Carol Douglas – Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s ‘Together for Trees’ project
  • John Forbes – Cumbria Action for Sustainability’s ‘Zero Carbon Cumbria’ project

February 2021’s  Green Cafe featured: A discussion about the film ‘2040’ and Members meeting.

January 2021’s Green Cafe featured: an introduction to Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust’s ‘Together for Trees’ project.

ACE is one of four community groups who will be helping create 26 hectares of new native woodland, restore 1km of hedgerow and plant individual landscape trees to help mitigate the impact of ash dieback.

November 2020 featured our ‘Making the Most of the Green Recovery’ conference on Zoom

With calls for ‘Build Back Better’ and the release of the World Wildlife Fund’s latest ‘Living Planet’ report in September, highlighting the urgent need for a ‘sustainable, resilient and healthy post COVID-19 world for people and nature’, ACE’s conference gave us the opportunity to hear about ways we can address these challenging times. We had a great line-up of speakers and topics including the innovative approaches Cornwall County Council are taking to tackle the climate emergency; Community Wealth Building; UK Youth Climate Action Coalition activities and the possibilities for renewable energy projects in and around Settle.

October 2020 Green Cafe on Zoom featured– a discussion about the potential for developing local energy projects.

Thank you to Settle Community and Business Hub for letting us use this account.

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Our first Annual General Meeting was held at 11.00am on Saturday 12 September and was followed by September 2020’s Green Café with guest speaker

We held our first Annual General Meeting from 11.00am. This included the adoption of the constitution and election of officers and of members to ACE’s Steering Group, as well as an update on our campaigning strategy and finance report.

Our September virtual Green Café, followed the AGM, with Kate Jennings – Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Sites and Species Policy Manager speaking about the RSPB’s work…

‘Kate spoke of her work and made particular reference to the organisation’s response to the government’s Glover Review published last year, which looked at a great range of issues that affect, and are affected by our protected landscapes  (National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) including biodiversity, natural beauty, planning and housing, the future of farming and the diversity of visitors.
The Review’s headlines were that these landscapes needed to be at the forefront of attempts to recover biodiversity and to tackle climate change but are currently failing to deliver, that they belong to all and are not doing enough to welcome diverse communities, in particular those from black and minority ethnic communities, and that how they are governed – and those who govern them – need to change to reflect these challenges.  Its proposals are currently being considered by the government.
Kate also discussed the implications for the countryside of the current review of the planning system, which would see land divided into three zones – ‘Growth’, ‘Renewal’, and ‘Protection’, and would, in all bar the ‘Protected’ zones restrict opportunities for public engagement in the planning system to the plan-making phase, removing much of the need for (and the opportunities for communities to have their say in relation to) planning permission for individual developments.  (Public consultation is now taking place on Planning for the Future White Paper).
Kate went on to talk about concerns about the recently published Internal Markets Bill now before Parliament, which has significant implications for the future relationship between the devolved governments of the UK and risks preventing any of those governments from bringing forward more robust environment and climate laws’.
Kate has also provided the following links, if you want to find out more:
On Planning reform:
Nature has been so important for all of us during this crisis. We need to make sure that it is protected and enhanced as part of our recovery.
And useful blogs and letters on the planning stuff:

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August 2020 Green Cafe featured…our new membership scheme and how to join ACE, our current activities – including our draft website; along with the opportunity to feedback to other participants about what you are up to and what needs highlighting – locally, nationally or internationally.