Energy saving exhibition at the Phone Box Gallery

By Gallery on the Green, Settle

The Gallery on the Green, housed in a former telephone box in Upper Settle, has teamed up with the local group Action on Climate Emergency – Settle and Area (ACE) to present an exhibition that addresses the two most pressing issues facing us: how to cope with ever increasing energy bills; and how to build a sustainable, affordable, equitable low carbon future.

The exhibition, which runs from September 10 to October 14, is the first held in the gallery, believed to be the world’s smallest art gallery, since re-painting work, which took place this summer. So whilst the outside is now bright red, for the next month the contents will be distinctly green. Our photo shows Paul Cochrane from ACE installing the exhibition. Continue reading “Energy saving exhibition at the Phone Box Gallery”

Help stop the return of fracking

Tom Fyans Director of Campaigns and Policy | CPRE The countryside charity

In her first announcement as the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss has reversed the moratorium on fracking (see: https://news.sky.com/story/ban-on-fracking-to-be-lifted-as-part-of-liz-trusss-energy-plan-12692646. Despite all we knew about fracking – its devastating impact on the climate, its toxic effects on local communities, and its total inability to bring down energy bills (see: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/20/fact-check-why-fracking-uk-will-not-reduce-energy-bills) the government has gone full steam ahead back into the stone age. Continue reading “Help stop the return of fracking”

New PM must act now to support net zero targets

Barry White

In a bid to limit the rising costs of gas and fossil fuels whilst support the energy transition, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) and Climate Change Committee (CCC) has written to the new Prime Minister, Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, advocating the expansion of renewables.

The letter dated 7 September sets out the organisations’ joint positions on topics including energy security, fossil fuels and the role of infrastructure in delivering Net Zero. Continue reading “New PM must act now to support net zero targets”

Sales of peat for use on private gardens and allotments will be banned in England from 2024

Barry White

After years of campaigning, the government has finally banned the sale of peat-based compost in our shops from 2024 (see: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/27/englands-gardeners-to-be-banned-from-using-peat-based-compost). Along with other environmental campaigning organisations, Countryside Charity, the CPRE has long been warning of the severe environmental damage from selling peat in commercial compost, and after a consultation where over 95% of the public backed the ban, the government has agreed. Continue reading “Sales of peat for use on private gardens and allotments will be banned in England from 2024”

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