Some areas of Bristol, notably Rupert Street and Parson Street, have levels of NO2 emissions from vehicles that regularly exceed EU limits. Wider areas around the Centre and M32 also have high pollution levels which cause health issues and statistically significant reduction in life expectancy. These typically most affect those less well off who live next to busy traffic. Diesel vehicles are the worst for polluting emissions but petrol vehicles produce them too.
Bristol FoE is working with other organisations to raise awareness of the issues and get action on several fronts, such as:
Please contact us for more information or if you would like to get involved.
National FoE has summarised some key asks for the environment: see https://www.foe.co.uk/general-election
But this is all underpinned by the approach to the economy taken by the parties: should the free market dictate policy, or should there be more democratic control of how our resources are used?
Yesterday’s Environmental Mayoral Hustings with Bristol Green Capital partners clarified the leading mayoral candidates views on themes of Transport, Energy, Economy and Future City.
Listen to recording by Ujima Radio 98fm:
Chaired by Laura Rawlings of BBC Radio Bristol
Twitter questions / feedback on #BrisFuturesMayor
Information on wikipedia including full list of candidates:
(Invitations to candidates to take part in this hustings were issued based on parties receiving the highest five positions in the vote share of the 2012 Bristol Mayor election. This was to allow more in depth answers from candidates with a higher probability of winning and therefore aid a more meaningful democratic process. Other hustings have given all the other candidates a platform. This is in accordance with Electoral Commission guidelines.)
On 23 June 2016, UK voters expressed a preference to leave the European Union by a narrow margin. Friends of the Earth now needs to campaign hard to maintain environmental protections, see https://www.foe.co.uk/page/eu-referendum . This month’s meeting will start to consider the topic, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-environmental-implications-of-brexit-tickets-26410249768
Jonathan Porritt, previous director of Friends of the Earth, gave an interesting talk at UWE on EU and environment – watch at http://bristolgreencapital.org/listen-again-jonathon-porritt-speaks-about-sustainability-the-role-of-the-eu/
The United Nations has declared 2016 ‘International Year of Pulses‘ – so we’ll be celebrating all varieties of Bristol beans and peas and other protein-rich leguminous vegetables from further afield (lentils, chickpeas, etc). They are fundamental to food sustainability (having much lower eco footprints than other protein sources, using less land and producing less greenhouse gasses) and they are a really healthy source of clean protein too. See more at bristolfoe.org.uk/iyp
For 2015, Bristol holds the title of European Green Capital: a great honour in recognition of its aspirations to be more sustainable, and a great responsibility to showcase best practice and help others to follow.
Bristol Friends of the Earth members are involved in various projects, and the organisation is hosting a collaborative project on sustainable food called Bristol Good Food Tour – Let’s All Cook and Eat.
Then there’s an exciting project called CHEESE (Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts) hosted by Easton Energy Group using inexpensive thermal imaging to help raise awareness of energy efficiency and the simple measures that can be taken to reduce energy consumption and bills.
And a project called Get Bristol Buzzing to make Bristol more bee-friendly and raise awareness of the need to look after polinators more widely – with wild flowers that provide food and shelter and avoiding pesticides.
Do come to our open meetings or contact us if you can get involved. More detail will appear here as plans develop.
TTIP: Road to Riches or Threat to Democracy?
Saturday, 8th November at Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol
500 people came to hear the panel and ask questions.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a bilateral trade agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the USA. Advocates state that it will be of great benefit to consumers and will benefit the UK economy to the tune of £10bn p/a from 2027 onwards. Critics claim that not only have the economic benefits of TTIP have been overstated, it will additionally put downward pressure on regulation in sectors such as health and the environment and poses a significant threat to national democratic decision making.
Financial Reform here means simple changes to our monetary system to realign it with democratically set positive policy goals for a fair sustainable future. Bank regulations have been considered for inclusion in TTIP which could preclude financial reform.
Stephen Williams MP (Lib Dem Junior Minister)
Molly Scott Cato MEP (Green)
Charlotte Leslie MP (Conservative)
Kerry McCarthy MP (Labour)
Fran Boait (Executive Director Positive Money)
Nigel Costley (TUC South-West)
This video from Raising Awareness World Wide (50 mins but you can skip) gives some background to the debates over TTIP, including clips of David Cameron and other politicians.
This article gives some insight on TTIP vs Financial Reform.
Grants available to improve the energy efficiency of community buildings – don’t delay, get them ready for the winter! For more information click here.
Can you define a small project for Green Capital that you could organise and deliver, by yourself or with the help and support of others? Some funding support is available. If you can please fill in a form: you could submit it directly, or email it to email@example.com and/or bring it along to Thursday’s meeting.
Local projects form here. Get in touch if you want more info and support or to discuss other funding opportunities. Julian – 07809 122474