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Here is the list of the dates up to June 2023 for Climate Cafes, Repair Cafes and Community Action Plan Theme 5 Environment & Sustainability Group should anyone be interested in the Community Renewable Energy Project or any other action from this group as I lead this group too.
They will all continue to be either virtual or in person. The venue for both meet-ups is now the Pitlochry Library, 26 Atholl Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5BX.
Climate Cafes (Tuesday 1pm and Thursday 7pm) - Tuesday 5th February & Thursday 7th February, Tuesday 7th March & Thursday 9th March, Tuesday 11th April & Thursday 13th April, Tuesday 9th May & Thursday 11th May, Tuesday 13th June & Thursday 15th June.
Theme 5 Environment & Sustainability (All Thursdays, 7pm) - 16th February, 16th March, 20th April, 18th May and 22nd June. For more information please contact: Carol Aitken email@example.com
Repair Cafe in Pitlochry in 2023: There won't be a Repair Cafe in January, July or August to give volunteers a break! But here are the rest. 2023 Dates - All Sundays. 5th March, 2nd April, 7th May, 4th June, 3rd September, 1st October, 5th November and 3rd December. Times - 12pm to 3pm. Venue - Moulin Hall. For more information, please contact Julia Harriman firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a list of the dates up to June 2023 for both Climate Cafes and Environment & Sustainability Group (CAP Theme 5) should you be interested in the Community Renewable Energy Project. They will all continue to be either virtual or in person. The new venue for both meet ups is the Pitlochry Library, 26 Atholl Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5BX.
For the Climate Cafes (Second week of the month. Tuesday 1pm - 3pm and Thursday 7pm to 9pm) - Tuesday 10th January & Thursday 12th January, Tuesday 7th Feb & Thursday 9th Feb, Tuesday 7th March & Thursday 9th March, Tuesday 11th April & Thursday 13th April, Tuesday 9th May & Thursday 11th May, Tuesday 13th June & Thursday 15th June.
Martin Mathers, Nathan Jamieson from The Heat Project, myself, Alison R, Charlie and Maggie McCarthy have organised a table in the COOP for Saturday 21st January from 9am till 2pm to give out and promote how we can insulate our homes and reduce energy consumption and save money. Would anyone be interested in helping on the day for an hour or two?
For the CAP group (All Thursdays 7pm to 9pm) - 19th January, 16th February, 16th March, 20th April, 18th May and 22nd June.
At our next meeting in January one of the items we will be discussing is the initial steps we need to take to begin the Community Renewable Energy Project - finding people to help with this stage of information gathering and organising some presentations and discussions with organisations such as CARES, (Local Energy Scotland) Community Energy Scotland and other community groups such as Linlith Go Solar etc so we understand what the process entails and how they managed it. Learn the lessons early from different groups, which will save a lot of time and effort through not making the mistakes other communities have made.
The Heat Project conversation at the next Climate Cafes on Thursday 2nd June 7pm and Tuesday 17th June, 1pm. The venue is the Moulin Hall. In April 2022, energy bills have rapidly increased for many households across the UK. The amount varied between households, but a typical energy bill increased by approximately £700 a year or more and could go up again in the autumn. We will be having a conversation with Martin Mathers from The Heat Project who can chat to us about ways to help reduce energy bills and improve energy efficiency of houses. Everyone is welcome so please let your friends and neighbours know. If you are interested in either event please let me know just so we have an idea of how many are coming. And of course if you want to attend virtually then I can organise that too if you let me know.
Food Waste Reduction & Recycling Project with PKC: Food waste is a major contributor to climate change so following their Food Waste Survey earlier in 2022, Yvonne Bell from the PKC Waste Minimalisation Team in association with the climate cafes is looking to deliver various events with local communities to promote food waste reduction and/or food waste recycling over the coming months.
We will be working with her on a composting project over the summer, which will finish with a Zero-waste Food Waste Action event on Saturday 1st October 2022 of Climate Week. More information soon and in the meantime if you are interested please let me know/.
The Pitlochry Garden Share is Anna Stokes idea, inspired by the Taybank Growers Cooperative. The idea is to form a network of gardens in and around Pitlochry for food production by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who lack growing space of their own ie matching the labour to the land, very similar to Lend and Tend, but more like a community garden where a team of people share the workload and cooperate. There are lots of different ways to contribute, from offering garden space, tools, plants, seeds etc, to working in the garden, to sharing ideas and knowledge. Any extra produce can be sold in Handam and proceeds used to save up for eg equipment such as a polytunnel. The idea is not only to facilitate growing fruit and vegetables for interested individuals, but also to eventually increase the amount of local, affordable produce for everyone in the area. It is early days so there is one garden and 5 volunteers involved. More information to follow. If you are interested in this project then please get in touch.
Our next Climate Cafes are this Thursday (7th April), from 7pm and next Tuesday (12th April), from 1pm, either in person in the Moulin Hall or virtually.
Please let Carol know if you will be attending either Climate Cafe and whether it will be in person or virtually so she can send a zoom link to you.
These willl be this Thursday 4th November 7pm and Tuesday 9th November 1pm at the Moulin Hall.
Please let Carol know if you will be attending either Climate Cafe - email@example.com
Our next climate cafe is on Tuesday 19th October 1pm to 3pm in the Moulin Hall. The evening Climate Cafe is Wednesday 20th October, 7pm to 9pm in the Atholl Centre.
Please let Carol know if you are coming - firstname.lastname@example.org
We are hoping to re-start our in person meetings. There are two provisionally planned at the Moulin Hall - Tues the 24th, 1-3pm, and Weds the 25th, 7-9pm. If you would like to attend either (or both!) of these meetings please get in touch with Carol - email@example.com
After our meeting on the 19th February our next environmental chat on Zoom will take place on Friday 12th March 2021 from 7pm. Get in touch if you'd like a link for either of these get-togethers.
A Climate Café is where people come together for an informal meeting which is open to everyone of any age whether they are familiar with climate change or not, but are interested in its effects on the environment. Come chat about any concerns or interests you have, exchange information, find some answers.
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Perth & Kinross Council's community engagement on Climate Action Strategy: the results are expected by April 2021. Thank you to everyone who took part in the surveys and the different phase online sessions.
Our exciting news: By now we have taken those first steps in the creation of a local Community Eco Hub as the Refill Station will be open in Pitlochry. Our information centre will be open as soon as possible after that under the current circumstances. We will be gathering and making available up to date information on 1.Energy efficiency, 2.Food, 3.Waste and 4.Transport. Our intention is to provide regular sessions where you can come talk to an advisor on any questions you have regarding these topics and Climate Change.
1. Energy (includes creating more energy efficient buildings. Using household renewables over gas and coal. How can we use energy more wisely in our homes for heating, cooking etc.)
2. Food, water and soil waste (includes producing, processing, packaging, transporting and storing food. Growing food locally in community gardens and orchards. Reducing food waste by swapping/sharing veg and fruit. Changing diets, less meat, more plants based).
3. Waste (including building waste, packaging, clothing, footwear, toiletries, household goods. Reducing waste through reuse, repurpose, repairing and minimise overpackaging and stop using single use products rather than recycling)
4. Transport – (car sharing, use public transport, walking and cycling in place of car whenever possible. Minimum use of plane journeys)
Our next environmental chat will take place on Friday 17th April as 10th April is Good Friday, in Pitlochry Town Hall, West Moulin Road, Pitlochry, 7pm to 9pm. A Climate Cafe is where people come together for a regular monthly meeting which is open to everyone of any age whether they are familiar with climate change or not, but are interested in its effects on the environment. Come chat about any concerns or interests you have, exchange information, find some answers. For more information contact:- Carol Aitken: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our Face Book page: Climate Cafe Pitlochry & District and our new Website: pitlochrycc.co.uk courtesy of Kate Kirby for more tips and information.
This month we are organising another Zero Waste event in the Pitlochry Town Hall on Saturday 18th April from 10am till 3pm. The Spring Green Festival will include a selection of stalls providing different products from food to plants, activities for the kids, a Biodynamic garden talk and a yoga session to name a few and we will be providing information on reducing waste, recycling and continue our Big Climate Conversation.
We are also working with Jane King and Jenni Moncrieff from both the Climate Cafe and the local Rotary Club to support the reduction of single-use plastic in Pitlochry, to make our town more 'plastic-lite'. We know that we cannot stop using plastics as it is such a useful and practical material, but the aim is to reduce its use, to reuse and refill containers and water bottles and then recycle the rest. We will also be encouraging those with shop windows to create a sculpture made from their single use or non recyclable waste and to display a poster to the effect that we are all working together to make Pitlochry ‘plastic-lite’. Check out Macnaughton's Hanger man.
The next Climate Café meeting will take place at 7pm on Friday the 13th March at the HSPC, Atholl Road, Pitlochry.
Ideas to be discussed include: