Saturday, 30 August 2008

Friends of the Earth Petition "For Less Polluting Cars" in Europe

Friends of the Earth have started a petition to set tough CO2 emission limits on new cars registered in the European Union.
In October 2008 the European Parliament is to vote to adopt the European Commission’s proposed regulation on CO2 emission limits.
The proposed limit for new cars registered in the EU is to be 130g CO2 / km instead of the existing 160g CO2 / km.
Friends of the Earth believes that 130g / km is not enough and is campaigning for a more restrictive limit of 120g CO2 / km with further reductions to follow, (80g/km in 2020 and 65g/km in 2025).
To highlight this they have set up a microsite called For Less Polluting Cars to get people concerned about this to write to their MEPs.
Our car is not the most environmentally friendly one but like many families, we need an MPV and it was what we could afford second hand at the time. That said, we want things to get better so supporting this reduction is in all our interests, and may make less polluting cars more affordable.

Friday, 29 August 2008

Cut your carbon footprint when you have a beer - drink Adnams East Green

After a very pleasant few hours at the Norwich Greenstock 08 event last Sunday, the Green Grocers stall were selling off boxes of 8 Adnams East Green beer for a tenner instead of £2 per bottle. Not one to miss a bargain I got a box and was only sad that I could only carry one. My toddler is too small and too young to be carrying beer after all! ;-) This beer is lovely and a real session beer. A good beer to try he you haven't given pedal alf a in before. If we ever have a Summer this year, it will be good for that too. Adnams claim that it is the first carbon neutral beer in terms of its production. All I can say is keep up the good work. This is great stuff and I hope some pubs in Norwich get it in on draft.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Something for the weekend? - Be Greentastic with The Green Grocers at GreenStock08!

If you are looking for something good to do over this Bank Holiday weekend in Norfolk, why not go to The Green Grocers: GreenStock08 event?

Best of all it is totally FREE and green.

It is on Sunday 24th August and is held at Heigham Park, Norwich from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

It is great fun for all the family with good local and organic food (sponsored by Adnams), live music, and a children's marquee with lots of activities from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

At 1pm they will stage the Climate Change Question with Councillors Andrew Little (Conservative, Leader of Norwich Conservatives); Brian Morrey (Labour, Deputy Leader of Norwich City Council); April Pond (Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Broadland); Adrian Ramsey (Green Party candidate for Norwich South Constituency, Leader of the Greens at Norwich City Council).

May sound dry but last year it was quite a lively debate and didn't go on too long! ;-)

Take a picnic (and maybe a brolly!), or just get food and some good beer there.

Went last year and it was really good fun.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

John West slammed in Greenpeace's "Tinned Tuna's Hidden Catch" Report

Greenpeace has just published a report into the tinned tuna industry called "Tinned Tuna's Hidden Catch".

It is a massive global industry, with tuna exports worth more than any other fish species, at around 2.7 billion dollars per year.

Some tuna species are being over-fished, and bad fishing practices are being blamed for large numbers of sea turtles, sharks and other fish being wiped out by this global industry.

Worryingly, I discovered that a dolphin-friendly label is not a guarantee of sustainably fished tuna.

In the UK, John West is cited as having the worst record, and Greenpeace has produced a league table of tinned tuna retailers to help you shop in a more ethical and sustainable way.

We do buy tinned tuna and am pleased to say that we tend to shop at Sainsbury's and they currently top the league table with the most responsible sourcing of their tuna.

Let's hope the other retailers catch up and are shamed into action by this league table and report.

Why not nudge them by voting with your feet and shopping for your tuna at the better retailers?

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Recycle or reuse plant pots at Notcutt's Garden Centres

Went to the HFG farm shop today at Notcutt's Garden Centre and discovered that you can recycle your plant pots in the car park, or reuse them by helping yourself.
Brilliant idea.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Can a photograph help sustain the planet? - the Prix Pictet 2008

Came across a competition that tries to answer this question, and judging by the shortlist of entries for the Prix Pictet 2008, these photographs really do communicate the implications of climate change the urgent need for remedial action.
This is touted as the World's Premier Photographic Award in Sustainability. Not sure about that but the photographs are brilliant.
18 photographers have been shortlisted and the entries are well worth a look.
The award is sponsored by Pictet & Cie, in association with the Financial Times, and the winner will be announced on 30th October and will win CHF 100,000.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Norwich Puppet Theatre - top day out in the school holidays!

Took my 3 year old son to the Norwich Puppet Theatre to see the 3 Billy Goats Gruff yesterday. He was a bit wary and I was wondering whether the Troll would put him off this sort of thing for life.

No need to worry. The Garlic Theatre company did a fantastic job.

The children and we adults had a real treat. The puppeteer was brilliant, it was funny, and even had an eco message.

Through clever story telling, we even sympathised and saw the Troll's point of view and there was a happy ending.

Will definitely go again and am inspired to sign up for a course in puppet making!

This theatre is a national treasure and help keep it open by going to see their productions or take your children and yourselves to a puppet making workshop.