Frack Free February

At the end of 2012 UK Methane withdrew their plans for coalbed methane exploration in Keynsham. See press release about this here.

They have stated they will instead be submitting an application for full shalegas production somewhere within their PEDL (Petroleum Exploration & Development Licence).

We’ll be ready and waiting…..

Whilst we’re waiting we (as in Frack Free Somerset) are planning a fantastic line-up of events throughout February .

Frack Free February will be a Month of Action in Somerset with public meetings, talks, stalls, workshops, actions and more all raising awareness about the threats to our communities and the bigger picture of extreme energy.

It will be an opportunity to:

  • Systematically raise awareness about fracking & extreme energy to communities at risk in Somersetwe will be distributing 50,000 leaflets across towns & villages in the PEDL licensed areas
  • Create a wide variety of opportunities for participation and action to anyone moved by the literature and outreach activities & the thought of fracking taking place locally – see the list of actions below
  • To generate momentum for the campaign in 2013 and significantly increase planning application response capacity across the county e.g. starting more local groups, increasing the number of newsletter sign ups and so forth, when applications are submitted, we can best respond and support each other across the county.WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
    • Organise a public meeting or event in your town or village – email us & we can support with any aspect, whether that’s graphic design, providing speakers or helping with the costs of hall hire
    • Help us doordrop over 50,000 leaflets
    • Got skills to share? Offer to lead, or participate in a workshop
    • Get postering! Help us get posters up in every local shop in Somerset
    • Ask your local groups to sign up to the coalition, we have a target of at least 50 new groups joining the coalition in February
    • Help us make this happen – Donate!

    For any of the above, please email info@frackfreesomerset.org

December Film Showing

2012: Time for Change 

(85 mins)

Presents an optimistic alternative to apocalyptic doom and gloom. Directed by Emmy Award nominee João Amorim, the film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeckon a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. As conscious agents of evolution, we can redesign post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all. Rather than breakdown and barbarism, 2012 heralds the birth of a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition, where exploration of psyche and spirit becomes the new cutting edge, replacing the sterile materialism that has pushed our world to the brink.

Tuesday 18th Dec @ Community @ 67

67 Queens Rd, BS31 2NW

Doors open 7.00pm, Film starts 7.15pm on the dot!

£3 Suggested donation ~ Tea, Coffee, Cake provided

Seed-Bomb Making Workshop – This Saturday

Seed-Bomb Making Workshop

Saturday 24th November ~ 10.00-11.30am ~ Community @67, 67 Queens Rd

£3 Suggested donation – all materials included

We will be making seed bomb gifts at the workshop using seed that we have collected from our Manor Rd wildflower patch. There will be pieces of colourful fabric for people to wrap and decorate their seed bombs and materials to make personalised labels with instructions of how to ‘plant; the seed bombs (point and throw!). We also hope to make a batch to raise some donations for TK at the Victorian Evening. If you have spare seeds please bring them with you.

Coalbed Methane vs Renewable Energy in Keynsham

 Coalbed Methane VS Renewable Energy

 Tuesday 23rd October – Royal British Legion, Keynsham

 Transition Keynsham, Saltford Environment Group & Frack Free Somerset organised this public talk and discussion in response to the proposed planning application by UK Methane to test drill and assess the viability for Coalbed Methane extraction in Keynsham.

The meeting was open to all residents to hear about the application and potential environmental, social and economic effects of the extraction of coalbed methane. The meeting also raised awareness of alternative and viable energy options for Keynsham, so that the community is empowered to make informed choices about what energy option they choose. After the presentations there was time for some questions from the audience. The meeting was attended by around 100 residents who were very concerned about the application.

Please see below videos of each of the presentations from the evening. We advise that you watch the videos alongside the slideshows that accompanied each of the presentations, as the images on the screen are impossible to make out on the videos.

Coalbed Methane VS Renewable Energy — The people of Keynsham – You decide!

Report from ‘The Post’ on the meeting

Part 1 – Sam Willits reads the minutes of the meeting that took place between Transition Keynsham & UK Methane‘s geologist Mr Oliver Taylor and director Mr Gerwyn Williams.

We had requested to use UK Methane’s presentation slides but they refused on the grounds of commercially sensitive material in the slideshow.

>>Transition Keynsham meets UK Methane Slideshow Presentation<<

Part 2a – Laura Corfield presents the concerns and threats of Coalbed Methane & Fracking and what it could mean for our community in Keynsham and across the Somerset region.

Part 2b

>>Coalbed Methane & Fracking – Concerns and Threats Slideshow <<

Part 3 – The Sky is Pink documentary by Josh Fox (creator of Gasland). Focusing on the false trust we have in ‘concrete’ as the material that will stop the contamination of our water sources and also the use of marketing and media by the oil and gas industry to make the sky pink and believe things are safe when they are not.

Part 4 – Sam Willits & Mark Penny of Transition Keynsham’s Energy Group present viable renewable energy alternatives and opportunities for the Keynsham area. That could produce energy for homes/businesses in Keynsham in a way that makes money for the community as well as not polluting 0ur environment as opposed to the consequences of coalbed methane and fracking.

>>Transition Keynsham Energy Group’s Renewable Alternatives & Opportunities Slideshow<<

Part 5 – Nicholas Stubbs presents Hinton Organic’s plans for an anaerobic digestor at their site at the top of Keynsham. Their digester will take organic material and use anaerobic digestion to create heat, gas that could be used to heat and power homes and businesses whilst also producing fertile compost for our farmland.

>>Hinton Organic’s Anaerobic Digester Presentation<<

Part 6 – Dave Laming from the River Avon Corridor Group talks about their plans to regenerate the River Avon, opening the river back up as a means of low-impact transport for people and materials, the production of renewable energy and a whole host of other social enterprise opportunities. Unfortunately our video camera battery died just before Dave finished his speech – which is a real shame as he ended on a very inspirational note!

MP Jacob Rees-Mogg – Climate Change Skeptic

 This report that has been put together by Timsbury Environment Group after meeting with our MP Jacob Rees-Mogg to discuss Carbon Emissions and Climate Change.

Mr Rees-Mogg’s comments during their meeting are gravely concerning which coincide with opinions we consider alarming that Mr Rees-Mogg has expressed during his meetings with Transition Keynsham. We are therefore in support of publicising this report far and wide to raise awareness of the position our political representative is championing.

>>>Carbon emissions and Climate Change: Report of a meeting with the Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg,<<<

Please forward to anyone who would find it of relevance.

Help Save the Ash Trees

Over the last few days, news reports have revealed that British ash trees are threatened by a disease called ash dieback. The disease could devastate the 80 million ash trees across Britain. But people power can help to stop it.

Computer programmers have teamed up with tree experts to make a clever piece of software called AshTag. It lets people send in photos and locations of ash trees they think may have ash dieback. The photos are checked by a team of experts and then action is taken to try to stop the spread of the disease.

Once trees lose their leaves, it’s much harder to spot the signs of ash dieback. So this weekend is vital: it could be the last chance to gather information about the health of our ash trees before spring. If you’re going for a walk in the woods this weekend, can you help identify ash trees in danger?

If you have a smartphone or a digital camera, it’s simple. If you spot an ash tree with signs of the disease, take a photo and send it in using the website or the AshTag app on your mobile phone.

If you have an iPhone you can download the AshTag app by searching the App Store on your phone for “AshTag” or by clicking here:

If you have an Android phone search for “AshTag” in the Google Play store from your phone or use this link:

If you don’t have a smartphone you can take a digital photo and upload it onto the website here:

Government has taken a few steps to try and stop the spread of the disease. But there’s a real danger these measures won’t be enough – and without tracking tree health, we won’t know whether or not the government’s plans are working.

In Denmark this deadly disease has wiped out 90% of ash trees. We need to make sure that doesn’t happen to our trees here. If thousands of us get out into our woods to get the facts, we’ve got a much better chance of heading off a disaster for Britain’s beautiful woodlands.

Click here to help protect our woodlands and find out how to spot signs of ash dieback:

http://www.ashtag.org

November Film Showing – World Water Wars

Blue Gold ~ World Water Wars

For centuries, wars have been fought over precious commodities from all over the world—though, so far, water hasn’t been one of them. But according to Blue Gold: World Water Wars, that’s all about to change as political, economic, and social movements make water a limited resource in more and more international regions. The film takes viewers through the causes of the water crisis—mining, pollution, wetland destruction—and blocks out the potential effects of a water shortage. For an informative look at all parts of the problem, make sure it’s on your list of must-sees.

Thursday 8th Nov

At Community @ 67 ~ 67 Queens Rd Shops, BS31 2NW

Doors open 7.00pm, Film starts 7.15pm on the dot!

£3 Suggested Donation

Meteorology Workshop with Andrew Gallop

 

Meteorology Workshop with Andrew Gallop

Thursday, November 8
6:45pm until 9:00pm
St.Johns Church, Keynsham. Upper Rectory Room
£3.50 Each

For all you people who would like to have a better basic understanding of the weather. Including how the weather is generated, terminology of weather, pressure symbols, cloud types, beaufort scale and weather maps. Useful knowledge and skills for events, activities, growing food, travel, leisure, etc

To reserve a place please e-mail: andygallop@live.com

First come, first served basis and only room for 25+.

See you there!