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Charlbury Green Hub

www.charlburygreenhub.org.uk

In March 2013, the Charlbury Area Waste Action Group changed its name to the Charlbury Green Hub with a new website www.charlburygreenhub.org.uk or the briefer URLs www.cghub.org.uk and www.chub.org.uk with links to us on Twitter.

News

NEW LOCAL SEASONAL FOOD DELIVERY HUB IN CHARLBURY

Cultivate have re-opened their new on-line shop after the Christmas break, order & pay online between noon Monday and noon Wednesday for delivery to Charlbury (Crawborough, opposite the school) on a Friday lunchtime.

FRACKING

The prime minister wants to change the law to allow fracking firms to drill under British homes. But now he's fast-tracking his plan through Parliament at a blistering rate. Only a HUGE backlash from MPs can stop him -- and there's just days to make it happen. Sign the urgent petition to all MPs: 74% of the public in Britain are against changes to trespass laws that would allow fracking companies to drill under homes without permission. I urge you to oppose government plans to change the law and vote against them when you have the chance.

DIVEST . . .

Join the campaign to Divest from fossil fuels, encourage your bank, your workplace, your pension scheme, your local councils to remove their investment in fossil fuel companies.

  • The fossil fuel industry has already committed to extracting and burning 5 times the "safe" level of carbon (above which we are sure to be on the way to dangerous climate change).
  • Fossil fuel companies spend $1 trillion per year exploring further "unconventional" sources of fossil fuels in ever more environmentally and socially destructive ways: tar sands, drilling in the Arctic and fracking.
  • They continuously lobby governments to allow them to continue to pour CO2 into the atmosphere with impunity.
  • Their very business plan depends on locking us into a future we can't survive.

. . . AND INVEST

  • Abingdon Hydro also launched their share offer for two Archimedes Screw on the weir at Abingdon to raise £1,250,000. The share offer IS STILL OPEN.
  • 96 solar panels have been erected on the primary school, and are being funded by the Low Carbon Hub who launched a community share offer to raise £1.5 million to fund their first wave of renewable projects; the share offer CLOSED on 28 November 2014. The Low Carbon Hub is working in partnership with the City and County Councils to develop renewables to meet Oxford's challenging carbon reduction targets and to put local power into the hands of local people.

Environmental events listing

New events are going on the calendar of events all the time, here are just a few interesting things coming up soon: the RSPB Garden Birdwatch weekend, local walks, hedgelaying course, local Farmers Markets, fossil free rally in Oxford . . .

Countryside pages

Information about our local Countryside including a page of Nearby Places to Visit near Charlbury and Oxford.

Sites listed include several lovely fragments of ancient woodland nearby which were once part of the more extensive Wychwood Forest and which are good for bluebells in the spring like Knighton's Copse in Wychwood Forest (below).

Environmental issues

Use the website to find out more about environmental issues. Each page has relevant links to external sites, BBC radio & TV programmes, and relevant books which can be shared locally. The site is continually updated so pay a visit regularly to see what's new. For example:

  • Links from the Energy page about Fracking.
  • Links from the Food page about Changing EU legislation that is paving the way for the UK to start growing GM crops.
  • Links on the Waste page about the problem of microplastic particles in the oceans.
  • Links on the Wellbeing-Health page to the 2014 Reith lectures on Radio 4 about the Future of Medicine.
  • Side links on the Travel page for journey planners, timetables, train ticket discounts & live departure boards etc.
  • Side links on the Travel-Days Out and Holidays page for ideas about getting away.

Continuing CAWAG activities

All of CAWAG's activities are continuing, the Bring & Takes in March and October and the Charlbury Sharecroppers redistribution of apples in the autumn with the cider making for the Beer Festival, Riverside Festival and the Wychwood Fair. We'll also continue to organise things like secure paper shredding, tool sharpening, bike repairs and collecting things like bras, spectacles, CDs, and cassette tapes for reuse or recycling - bring them along to the Bring & Takes or to our stall at the Farmers Market.

New wider aims

The aim of this hub is to help local people and groups find their way around environmental issues, to share their experiences and to spread Charlbury's good ideas to other communities in Oxfordshire. Our new website will be a good starting point for you to find out more about our local countryside, food, energy, travel, and the wider implications for our planet's limited resources and climate change. We provide a list of things that can be shared by other groups or individuals in Charlbury so that we can work together better as a sharing community . . . and save money and resources in the process.

History of CAWAG

CAWAG started in 1997 and was one of the first members of the Oxfordshire Community Action Group network which originally concentrated on waste. But times and issues move on, and now we are one of about 50 community groups in the Oxfordshire network all taking action on climate change, including waste reduction, carbon reduction, sustainable transport, and food, energy and water issues, to live a more sustainable and less resource dependent life in our local communities.

Last updated: Fri 16 Jan

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