Action in Settle and York during Big Green Week

More than 100 people turned up to a ‘let’s talk rubbish’ day held at St John’s Methodist Church in Settle on Saturday 24 September. The successful event was organised by the church’s own eco-group and featured a variety of stalls including one by ACE and speakers on the subject of rubbish, recycling and composting. The new Jubilee eco garden at the back of the church prepared by pupils from Settle Primary School was also unveiled. You can read a full report at: https://www.cravenherald.co.uk/news/22953714.talk-rubbish-event-settles-questions-can-crisp-packets-recycled-/

Over in York members of the campaign group Fossil Free North Yorkshire (pictured) took to the streets of York on Tuesday 27 September as part of the Big Green Week (24 September – 2 October) to leaflet residents and visitors about the recent lifting of the moratorium on fracking by the government .

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ACE reports a year of climate action as treasurer Tess McMahon steps down

ACE ‘s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in the Victoria Hall, Settle on 17 September  reported a year of wide ranging activities from regular monthly Green Café meetings, activities around COP26 (United Nations climate talks), work with local authorities, the voluntary sector and other climate change campaigning groups.

The meeting elected a new steering group and officers and expressed its appreciation and thanks to Tess McMahon (photographed) a founder member of ACE who was retiring as treasurer.

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Costs of using public electric vehicle charging points rocket

Barry White

We all know that energy costs are rising, a trend accelerated since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But unless you are an owner of an electrical vehicle, the recent rapid increases in public charging costs may have passed you by. The RAC reports the cost to charge an electric car on a pay-as-you-go basis at a publicly accessible rapid charger had increased by 42% since May to an average of 63.29p per kWh, see: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-63029226 .  That’s cheaper than you will have to pay in Craven’s DC’s Ashfield Car Park were the charge for the Osprey slow chargers is now £1 per kWh for their 7kw EV chargers, whereas at the time of writing the cost to use the rapid charger at The Courtyard on the A65 is only 57p per kWh for their 50kw charger (GeniePoint).

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No fracking and invest in renewables say campaigners

Members of Fossil Free North Yorkshire (FFNY), which opposes fracking and is calling on North Yorkshire County Council pension fund to stop investing in fossil fuel and reinvest in renewable energy projects, will be taking part in the York Environment Week from 24 September to 2 October.

A spokesperson for the Group Dr. Margaret Jackson said that a strong public response was needed following the government’s announcement on 8 September immediately lifting the fracking ban in England announced in 2019 and a new round of North Sea oil and gas exploration licences.

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