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South Oxfordshire Green Party statement on the Local Plan examination

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Friday, June 05, 2020 at 05:00 PM

Kate Raworth talking about Doughnut Economics

Kate Raworth will be talking about Doughnut Economics in a public webinar this Friday, before our regular Green Book Club.

The meeting with be chaired by cycling campaigner and owner of one of Oxford’s most remarkable zero carbon homes, Green Councillor Dick Wolff. The Q&A will be expertly facilitated by Chris Jarvis, Rosie Rawle and Ellen Lees. 

To see her live you need to register on Eventbrite.

Friday, June 05, 2020 at 08:00 PM · 25 rsvps
Zoom online

June OGP Book Club

What we need to do now, by Chris Goodall.

June's Book will be "What we need to do now" by Chris Goodall. The session will be online, and Chris Goodall, the writer, will be there to present his ideas, and take questions from you, the readers.

 Chris Goodall sets out the ways the UK can become carbon neutral by 2050. His proposals include:

  • Building a huge over-capacity of wind and solar energy, storing the excess as hydrogen.
  • Using hydrogen to fuel our trains, shipping, boilers and heavy industry, while electrifying buses, trucks and cars.
  • Farming - and eating - differently, encouraging plant-based alternatives to meat
  • Paying farmers to plant and maintain woodlands.
  • Making fashion sustainable and aviation pay its way, funding synthetic fuels and genuine offsets.
  • Using technical solutions to capture CO2 from the air, and biochar to lock carbon in the soil.

Order the book from Amazon or Blackwells.

What We Need To Do Now is a short hardback book that offers a set of solutions to each of the main challenges posed by global heating. Of course it covers energy supply but also has chapters on housing, food, clothing and the main manufacturing problem areas, such as cement and steel. It finishes by looking briefly at the opportunities for direct capture of CO2 from air and the possible benefits and costs of tinkering with the reflectivity of the Earth’s atmosphere.

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 06:30 PM · 1 rsvp
Zoomn

Training in leafleting

While we cannot practice delivering leaflets at the moment, we can learn out how to organise leafleting patches.

Benali Hamdache from the London Green Party will take members through that in a national online training event from 18:30 to 19:45.

Then at 20:15 we will reconvene in a local Zoom meeting to find out from each other how we are managing to get leaflets delivered in different parts of Oxfordshire.

RSVP to get connection details in the autoreply email. Please select the sessions (shifts) you can join.

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