:the conversation: tastes like plastic

Plastic’s presence in the environment, and even food chain, is something Holifield’s Robert West finds hard to swallow (sorry!).

‘Would you like a 5p carrier bag?’ is a question that has apparently reduced the usage of one-use plastic bags by ‘85%’, according to an article by The Guardian.

And there’s even a mushroom that eats plastic waste (‘Aspergillus tubingensis’).

But there’s still a long way to go to reduce, or even stop polluting the Earth with the stuff.

Last month, David Attenborough spoke on film about the albatross, and how during filming for Blue Planet, ‘there’s a shot of the young being fed and what comes out of the mouth, of the beak of the adult? […] plastic.’

A whole host of teams are dedicating themselves to the movement, including The Plastic Project, Plastic Pollution Coalition and Cornwall’s Surfers Against Sewage, who have a petition with over 200,000 signatures to present to their ‘All Party Parliamentary Group’ this summer. To add your signature, simply go to https://www.sas.org.uk/messageinabottle/.

Tips for how we can reduce our usage include investing in reusable water bottles and coffee cups, avoiding plastic cutlery and straws, and of course, taking our own shopping bag(s).

What ideas do you have for reducing our plastic usage?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/30/england-plastic-bag-usage-drops-85-per-cent-since-5p-charged-introduced

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/fungus-that-eats-plastic-may-help-clean-environment/article17763461.ece

http://news.sky.com/story/sir-david-attenborough-sea-plastics-impact-on-albatross-is-heartbreaking-11052475

Apple Day 2017

Don’t miss this years Apple Day at Holifield Farm Project. There will be lots of fun activities for everyone and lovely cakes! See you here on 13th October.

apples open day

: the conversation: aviation

Another topic dear to the heart of  Holifield Farm project manager, Robert West, is that of aviation. Amidst the excitement of a holiday or the ease of speedy travel, should the environmental impact of flying be a consideration?

An article by The Guardian, adapted from Duncan Clark’s The Rough Guide to Green Living, explores the percentage of greenhouse gas emissions caused by aviation, theorising that the often quoted ‘1.5%-2%’ could stretch as far as 13%-15%, or beyond.

The article goes on to point out, however, that ‘most people in the UK don’t regularly fly’ and that the emissions are largely due to ‘the air travel of a minority’.

Aside from using alternative modes of transport, or simply flying less, the article recommends ‘picking airlines that are closer to home’ and travelling light, for anyone wanting to make a positive change.

Some good news for those wanting to make such a change is that the most ‘eco-friendly’ flights may well also be the cheapest, as ‘budget airlines pack more passengers on each flight and typically have younger, more fuel-efficient fleets’.

The New York Times’ Tatiana Schlossberg suggests putting money towards replanting trees, or even donating to conservation programs in order to offset some of the impacts on the environment.

But what about the industry itself? In Flying towards a Sustainable Future, Air Transport Action Group’s Michael Gill notes that sustainable alternative fuels can be ‘up to 80% less carbon intensive than traditional fossil-based jet fuel’. Gill also highlights the importance of commercializing said fuels, and the need for governments to ‘put in place the right policy framework’ to help make this happen. Gill asserts that these goals ‘are attainable’, ending his article on the positive assertion that ‘if there’s any sector that has proven it can innovate to achieve what was once thought impossible, it’s the aviation industry.’

What do you think about the role aviation has to play in the quest for a more sustainable world?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/apr/06/aviation-q-and-a

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/climate/airplane-pollution-global-warming.html

http://reports.weforum.org/travel-and-tourism-competitiveness-report-2017/flying-towards-a-sustainable-future/

: the conversation: drag fishing

One of the issues closest to the heart of Holifield Farm’s project manager, Robert West, is that of drag fishing.

The depletion of life in our waters is just one aspect of our environmental shortcomings, and one of the inspirations for change.

Solutions are likely to involve cooperation, compromise and understanding. Understanding that there are small communities who depend on fish for their food or income. Understanding that there may well even be nutritional advantages for including fish in one’s diet. But also understanding that we needn’t compromise on the damage caused by greed.

In their section on overfishing, Greenpeace quote Mahatma Gandhi, “There’s enough on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed”, as well as noting that ‘there is now estimated to be four times more global fishing capacity than there are fish left to catch’.

Sustainability, and consideration for all other life forms are ideals that we need to work towards making a reality, and prove wrong the American Indian proverb, “Only when the last tree has died, and the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught, will we realise that we cannot eat money”.

How do you think drag fishing features in the conversation around sustainability?

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/oceans/fit-for-the-future/overfishing/

lionhat collective

LIONHAT COLLECTIVE CONFIRMED!

We are pleased to announce that Lionhat collective will be blessing the stage, here at Roots Gathering, with their awesome, upbeat, reggae music. The Lionhat collective is a real live roots reggae band inspired by the classic 70’s Jamaican scene, the Collective is a reggae rhythm section, backing singers, players+ mc’s with love!

Have a listen and if you like what you hear, you can book your tickets below, before it’s too late.

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ROOTS GATHEERING Gweek FLYER

Roots Gathering coming soon

Roots gathering is getting closer!

ROOTS GATHEERING Gweek FLYER

Roots gathering offers a unique experience, where you can get back in touch with mother earth and be with like minded people. We wish to create awareness surrounding issues of sustainability and politics throughout the weekend of September 15th – 17th. There will be plenty to do and see, from live music to open mic, poetry, spoken word and live debates, cinema and much more.
Come and camp the weekend here at Holifield farm, enjoy the entertainment and most of all, appreciate that we only have one planet and together we are more then the sum of our parts.

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Heard of Embercombe?

Embercombe

Embercombe is a great place that offers all sorts of training and volunteering opportunities where you can learn all sorts about sustainable living in the South West.

Just have a look at the website HERE.

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‘Humanity stands at a cross roads – we live at a time when the choices we make today determine the way our children will live tomorrow. Making the right choices depends upon our vision and courage – yours and that of others in the communities you live and work. Embercombe exists to encourage you to be the leader you could be, inspired, resolute, and resilient.’

Enough said!

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Local Works!

sustainable communities

Local Works is a coalition of over 100 national organisations campaigning to promote the use of the radical and exciting new Sustainable Communities Act!

These guys were the coalition campaign for the Sustainable Communities Bill, originally set up by the new economics foundation.

The campaign was successful when the Bill became law – the Sustainable Communities Act – in October 2007. Since then Local Works, as a part of Unlock Democracy, has been promoting the Act and urging people to get involved and government to implement it properly.

Well done Local Works! This is the kind of lobbying and results we need!

Have a look at their site HERE for more info. Theres loads of further campaigns you can get involved in, and loads of resources for you to use.

For anybody wanting to fulfill their dream of setting up their own little Sustainable Community then make sure you have a look at the act HERE and see how it works, and make sure you know where you stand or where you can fit in.

This only applies to England though Im afraid, but there are similar things going on out there.

Wales has the ONE PLANET policy for instance, which is way ahead of the curve!

The times are changing…