News

Here you’ll find items of local and international news that are relevant to our aims. See also our on-going work with our community projects.

Unloc host Net Zero for Young People event

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Aimed at local secondary school pupils, this event explores net zero, green skills and careers, sustainability in schools and much more. Click on the link for details.

Portsmouth Library of Things hub opens

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The local Library of Things hub is now open in Cascades Shopping Centre. Residents can join for £1, allowing them to borrow tools and equipment rather than buying it new. Click on the link for more details.

Local bike hire scheme starts

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Beryl Bikes now have a local bike hire scheme with 35 docking bays in Southsea, from which bikes and e-bikes can be used for as little as 5p a minute.

UN releases summary of latest climate science (AR6)

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The scientific community has spoken again: every increment of warming results in rapidly escalating hazards, and the window to secure a liveable future is closing fast. Click on link to read the UN report.

New domestic energy campaign: The Great Homes Upgrade

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The Great Homes Upgrade is a campaign for a large-scale, UK-wide programme of upgrading our leaky, inefficient homes. It would create at least 200 000 jobs and reduce our energy bills by £400 each on average.

Manor Infant School Climate Crowdfunder

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An infant school in Fratton want to turn their playground into a green oasis- with our help. Click on the link to see their Crowdfunder and vision for boosting the amount of wildlife and plants on their site.

Board Christian Climate Action Subgroup: update

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The Christian Climate action group meets every month to explore actions the Christian faith community can take. It is open to any church / denomination. Click on the title to find out what happens at the meetings.

Board Policy Review Group attends Biodiversity Scrutiny Panel

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The Policy Review Group submitted proposals on mowing cycles, pesticide use, wildlife gardening, tree care & ecosystem valuation. Our submission & minutes of the panels can be found in the Library section of our website.

Wilder Eastney Orchard is planted

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A wonderful winter event saw the planting of dwarf cherry, plum, apple, pear and damson trees, which were dedicated to loved ones, past and present. There was also mulled wine, wassailing and Morris dancing.

Wildlife hedge and greening at Fratton infant school

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Manor Infant School are planting 500 trees in their playground to create a wildlife hedge; they will also build raised beds; this greening has resulted from a collaboration with the Climate Action Board, PCC and HIWWT

Community E-Cargo Bike Hire Scheme

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The project, jointly launched by Southsea Cycles, Sustrans and the Portsmouth Climate Action Board, has made it possible to rent an electric cargo bike for £1 an hour, to encourage their use as an alternative to cars.

Eastney Rewilding Project is born

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Local residents, working with the Board, have been given permission to re-wild an acre of grass in Eastney. This winter they have added fruit trees, bluebells, snowdrops, birdboxes and raised beds, with more to come.

Business, Environment and Society survey

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Southern Policy Centre (SPC) are conducting a survey to explore how local businesses see their responsibilities towards the environment and society, post lockdown. It should take around 10-15 minutes to complete.

Flood events in UK now in line with worse case scenarios

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The Environment Agency CEO has said flood events in the UK are now in line with worst case scenario modelling. If this continues most of the world’s cities, including Portsmouth, would become uninhabitable.