Bright Green Future – next generation of environmental decision makers | Permaculture Association

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Bright Green Future – next generation of environmental decision makers

Young people needed to take part in Bright Green Future, a new and unique programme to create the next generation of environmental decision-makers.

We’re looking for exceptional young people aged 15-17, with an interest in acting to reduce the impacts of climate change, to take part in a two year programme starting in September 2016.

Joining Bright Green Future will help young people to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to embark on a career path which could influence decisions on energy and climate change, and really make a difference to our planet!

Participants will carry out activities including:
• Local projects – running simple low carbon projects such as a school eco-day or green week, draught proofing workshop, energy auditing, renewable energy assessments, litter picking, film nights, lightbulb swaps and more
• Residential course – a four-day summer school to meet other participants and take part in workshops, talks and hands-on activities
• Training & learning – both face-to-face and online training sessions exploring energy, sustainability, and how to influence decision-making
• Work placement – a ‘policy and influence’ work placement or work shadowing opportunity at a professional organisation which influences local or national policy such as a local authority, a governmental agency, or an environmental and landscape planning body (including our partner organisation, the Town and Country Planning Association)
• Mentoring – help and support throughout the programme from a member of staff at the Centre for Sustainable Energy
Applications are now open to take part in Bright Green Future from September 2016. See www.bright-green-future.org.uk/join for more details. The deadline for applications is Sunday 17 July. An application form, a press release, a poster and further guidance, including a rough timetable and some frequently asked questions, are attached.

Bright Green Future is being run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), an established and respected energy charity with a huge range of experience in delivering projects that involve: helping households to lower their energy use, addressing fuel poverty, supporting community energy, influencing energy policy, research projects, and much more. CSE staff will be on hand to support and mentor participants throughout the duration of the programme.

We’d be really grateful if you could help us to get the word out to young people, and those who work with them, by sharing this information with your local groups and networks, and by posting information about the programme on your website and social media channels.

Bright Green Future is part of a Big Lottery Fund project called Our Bright Future, aimed at empowering young people to lead progressive change in their communities and local environment. Seewww.ourbrightfuture.co.uk for more details

Surveying Land and Wildlife

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Intrepid volunteers are mapping out how Southend land is used and where wildlife likes to live.

Their findings will be compared with a 1990s survey to see how much the borough’s land has changed, to measure the health of habitats and discover whether biodiversity has grown or shrunk.

The results will be used for a special Council report on the State of Nature.

This will give the vital evidence needed to help with future decisions about management and development.

The 12 eager volunteer surveyors have been invited to a thank you event at Porters, the residence of the Worshipful the Mayor of Southend, on Tuesday 2nd August, but there is still a chance for even more people to join their task.

Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, Councillor Ann Holland said: “We are really grateful to those who have given up their time so far to take part in this fascinating project.

“There is still more work to do over the summer so we would love to hear from any other residents who would like to help out too.

“It is part of a nationwide State of Nature report launched in 2013 by 25 conservation and research organisations to give an objective overview of how British wildlife is doing.

“The plan is to produce more ‘State of’ reports in future to help build a better picture and monitor changes more closely.

“Those who volunteer for this scheme don’t need any experience, but would just need to attend a one-day training course in preparation.

“They would then be given a map of the area to focus on, and would be able to carry out the survey in their own time.”

For more information or to volunteer for the project, please contact: Louiseel-zaher@southend.gov.uk or visit the website for more information.

Bodies needed for Random Acts of Gardening

Bournes Green area, Sunday 28 February, 11:00 – 13:00

We’ll be offering to plant wildflowers and/or a spot of garden tidying, pruning or weeding. Green fingers highly desirable.

Public Health and partners are working in the Bournes Green area on a community project called “C2 Connecting Communities”. The basic premise is to encourage residents to work side-by-side with service provides to improve things for people and place: happier, healthier people and cleaner, greener spaces. Projects should be resident led – ie people come up with suggestions about what they’d like to improve, and how they’d like to achieve this.

However, for all sorts of reasons, the project hasn’t really taken off. Gardening and food growing, however, have been mooted as things that local people would like to do (and we know this is a great way to build a sense of community). So, Project Coordinator Gloria Millis suggested we lead by example with this polite take on guerrilla gardening. If people take us up on our offer (we’re simply going to knock on doors – we’ll have our ID with us) it’s a chance for us to tell them about a forthcoming Easter event (which is part of the C2 programme) and also to let them know about the SiT allotment.

If anyone’s available, and is happy to volunteer their time, please contact SherryFuller@Southend.gov.uk or call me on 01702 534649.

[Permaculture Magazine] Today was the first day of our Design 4 ACTION…‏

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Today was the first day of our Design 4 ACTION Permaculture Design Course at Morbeck Farm near Wickford with the One Love Foundation – when discussing the course with the organisers earlier in the week we decided that installing a wood burner in the portacabin classroom would be a good afternoon practical project, however it was actually the first thing we did this morning as it was so cold nobody could sit around for any sessions! Normally we start the course with some icebreaker/group bonding type sessions – this was a REAL icebreaker however, and a great design challenge/team building project as well as illustrating the need for flexibility and adaptability in the PDC curriculum… It took longer than expected and a few sessions had to get shunted, but I’m sure we’ll catch up – looking forward to day 2 tomorrow!

 

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[Southend Food Growers (and producers)] Look out for Broad oak Herbs’ new website, an…

Broad Oak Herbs

Look out for Broad oak Herbs’ new website, an organic, biodynamic herb farm, working with nature intelligence in the beautiful Essex countyside specialising in bespoke artisan Traditional English Herbal Medicines for professional Herbalists and Practitioners. In the meantime, you can contact them for enquiries or to order on 07533 438020 or email them at info@broadoakherbs.co.uk

…..to Broad Oak Herbs. We are an organic, biodynamic herb farm, working with nature intelligence in the beautiful Essex countyside specialising in bespoke artisan Traditional English Herbal Medicines for professional Herbalists and Practitioners.

SEFFA ex-commercial hens requiring a new home

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SEFFA has a few hundred ex-commercial hens needing a forever home to escape the slaughter house. These were free range organic hens could do with a new home for xmas. Minimum donation per hen £5. Please reserve now to save these babes and avoid disappointment. Collection date will be announced as soon as we have a few hundred reserved.

Thank you (Essex, Basildon Collection Point only).

Please see the facebook page for more information.

Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N. Permaculture Course, Southend on Sea, Jan – June 2016

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Venue; The One Love Centre, Southend on Sea.

Led by: Graham Burnett (Dip Perm Des) and guest tutors.

Details; Held at the newly set up One Love Centre in Southend, Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N (Active Community Transformation In Our Neighbourhoods) – is a different kind of permaculture course – positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us!

Please visit the website for further information.