A lot has already happened this year, with HEAT’s Home Energy Events, Hungerford Repair Cafés, Films, and Environmental talks as part of the Hungerford Summer Festival. We’ve even produced a Quiz so you can find out how sustainable you are. Please see the Quiz below, with answers to follow next month, or go to the HEAT stand at the Artisan Market if you can’t wait!
Now we are in August, the main focus is on…
HEAT’s Home Energy Event
- Home Energy Event Saturday 24 September, Hungerford Town Hall
This year’s big HEAT initiative offers plenty of information on how to reduce the energy consumed by your home. As fuel prices are set to rise dramatically, this has to be of interest for everyone.
Please find links to this year’s previous Home Energy talks here on Penny Post’s website https://pennypost.org.uk/2022/06/home-energy-talks/
Sustainability Quiz – Summer 2022
1. If everyone in the world lived like we do in West Berkshire, how many planets would we need?
2. Which of the following actions will make the biggest difference to our environmental impact:
(a) swapping the mince in our chilli/bolognaise to beans (and similar animal to plant food swaps)
(b) recycling our plastic waste
(c) buying ‘net-zero’ products and services
3. What is green-washing?
4. What will emit the most kg of greenhouse gases?
(a) living in West Berkshire for 1 week
(b) a return flight from London to Edinburgh
(c) a return train journey from London to Edinburgh
5. Which of these will not help wildlife in our gardens:
(a) leaving some areas of our lawns uncut
(b) keeping our gardens tidy and putting the waste into the green wheelie bin for council collection
(c) leaving out shallow containers of water
6. How many units of fossil fuel energy does it take to produce 1 unit of food?
7. What is probably the most sustainable diet in the UK?
(b) flexitarian (like vegetarian, but with a little meat and dairy)
(c) ultra-processed (has a longer shelf life, so may reduce food waste)
8. Why do some parts of West Berkshire have 40% higher emissions than the rest of the UK?
9. Which of these will not reduce our home energy bills
(a) taking shorter showers
(b) insulating our homes
(c) muttering at frequent intervals: “Why doesn’t the government do more to help with insulation and switching to renewable energy?”
10. You are at a Newbury and District bus stop, but there is no sign of your bus. How can you find out if it is on its way?
Answers to follow next month..!
What can we do as individuals to be kinder to our environment?
1. Be travel conscious – Before jumping in the car on a plane, think about other options you could take. Regularly swapping the car for a walk or cycle is beneficial both for your health and of those around you, and using public transport or car sharing can be more sociable and better for the community.
2. Use your purchasing power – Be more demanding as a consumer where possible. Doing this can help bring about positive change from manufacturers and legislators alike. Try shopping for food without packaging, find out where products come from, and check that fair, ethical, and sustainable methods have been followed.
3. Do more with less – In the past, sewing, mending, and not wasting were all a part of everyday life, but these skills and similar ones have seen a decline over the past few decades, meaning that we rely more heavily on buying new things where it is not necessary. This trend only enlarges our carbon footprint. Keep an eye out for repair cafes and opportunities to care for household items which need fixing, instead of replacing them. This not only reduces waste, but also means these skills can be shared and passed on to others.
4. Grow your own – Growing your own vegetables can keep you fit and healthy, and give you a greater appreciation for the food we eat. It is also a great way for children to have a better understanding of where the food they eat comes from. Food grown in your garden or allotment will not come wrapped in plastic, nor with any air miles. Eating seasonally is more sustainable, more nutritious (food contains more antioxidants when grown in accordance with natural cycles), and growing your own helps you save money too.
5. Make things last – We don’t have to get a new phone just because our network provider tells us we can, the most environmentally friendly option is to make things last as long as possible. In a world of finite resources with a growing population, making things last is becoming increasingly important. Check out a Hungerford Repair Café!
6. Plant a Tree – Planting a tree from seed or sapling is not only a very rewarding experience which brings us closer to nature, but it will also help keep our environment habitable for years to come. If you don’t have a place to plant a tree, why not donate it to the local Lockdown Woods project?
7. Sign petitions, write letters, peacefully protest – If you have an opinion on how something should be done better, done more sustainably, or maybe with the community more at heart, make your opinion count. You could join a protest for your cause, or write a letter to our local MP, sign a petition (or even start your own).
8. Shop locally – There are shops in and around Hungerford promoting environmentally-friendly business practices. Whether not using packaging, or selling local produce, it’s important for us to support these businesses to encourage similar behaviour from other vendors. Some can be found in our Local Directory.
9. Be tech savvy – Some technologies, available today, will play a large part in reducing our carbon emissions in the years to come. These technologies will need to be embraced by us so that they become the new normal. Solar panels and electric vehicles will mean that energy can come with less cost to the earth. Look out for the HEAT Home Energy Events throughout 2022.
10. Join HEAT – Share your ideas and thoughts with us at the monthly meeting and collectively we can lower Hungerford’s carbon footprint through community-lead action. Monthly meetings are currently being held via Zoom at 7pm on the last Wednesday of every month – please visit the Monthly Meeting Page for details of how to join.
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