October 30th, 2014 by Sustainable Guernsey
With the adoption by the States of Guernsey of a new transport strategy, several deputies have changed their travel habits in Guernsey by investing in electric bicycles.
Five States of Guernsey deputies: Yvonne Burford, Roger Domaille, Michelle Le Clerc, Roger Perrot and Lester Queripel have purchased electric bicycles recently for travelling around the island and a sixth deputy, Mark Dorey, is in the process of purchasing one.
Deputy Yvonne Burford, States of Guernsey Environment Minister, and principal author of the States of Guernsey newly approved transport strategy, said she had to do more than talk about the strategy but also adopt its principles as part of her own lifestyle, which is to use alternate modes of transport to the private car when appropriate, and she is extremely pleased she has done so.
Deputy Burford and Deputy Le Clerc both said they felt ‘more alive’ cycling along Guernsey’s roads.
“I see a lot more than I used to sitting in a car,” Deputy Le Clerc said. Continue reading
September 18th, 2014 by Sustainable Guernsey
This year’s Eleanor Foundation annual bike ride begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday 21 September 2014 at Grand Rocques car park on Guernsey’s west coast.
Registration begins at 9.45 a.m. at Grand Rocques car park. A donation of £10 is requested from individuals and £20 from a family.
The annual bike ride, which is conducted at a leisurely pace, is a wonderful community event for the whole family.
The bike ride follows a route around the north coast of Guernsey to finish in Market Square, St Peter Port.
The Eleanor Foundation, set-up in memory of Eleanor Carey, raises funds to install water pumps and bring clean drinking water to communities in the Kagera region of Tanzania. Continue reading
September 18th, 2014 by Vanessa
A beach clean has been organsied for Rocquaine Bay from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. on Sunday 21 September 2014.
This beach clean has been registered with the UK’s Marine Conservation Society and data on the litter collected will be contributed to the MCS national database.
Please contact Vanessa Crispini-Adams on 07781 422 188 or email [email protected] for additional information about this beach clean.
September 18th, 2014 by Vanessa
A beach clean is being organised for Saints Bay from 10 am to midday on Saturday 20 September 2014.
Please join others to help keep this beautiful beach and bay litter free.
This beach clean is registered with the UK’s Marine Conservation Society and litter collected will be tabulated and sent to the MCS for inclusion in their national database and their report on the status of British beaches.
For additional information please call Vanessa Crispini-Adams on 07781 422 188 or email [email protected]
September 12th, 2014 by Guernsey Community Foundation
The first round of the Pargiter Trust Grants has seen more than £19,000 awarded to Bailiwick charities working with elderly people.
The Guernsey Community Foundation has been working with the Pargiter Trust, a UK based charitable trust, which aims to assist disadvantaged elderly people to be independent, healthy and socially included.
The Foundation is acting on behalf of the Pargiter Trust to distribute £50,000 in 2014 to the charitable sector or to those working with the elderly, via a grants programme.
Milly’s Foundation is a new registered charity in Alderney, which has been set up to develop dementia services for island Continue reading
September 12th, 2014 by European Lung Foundation
New data has identified a clear link between higher levels of exposure to air pollution and deteriorating lung health in adult European citizens.
This study confirms previous findings that children growing up in areas with higher levels of pollution will have lower levels of lung function and a higher risk of developing symptoms such as cough and bronchitis symptoms.
Additionally, the new study identified that people suffering from obesity are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of air pollution, possibly due to an increased risk of lung inflammation. Continue reading
September 11th, 2014 by Sustainable Guernsey
The States of Guernsey Culture and Leisure Department has about 800 square metres of carpet consisting of 11 rolls that it no longer needs.
Most of the carpet is in good condition but two rolls are slightly damaged.
Please call Colin Thorburn on 709705 to arrange to see the carpet if you would like to acquire it. Otherwise it will be sent to the Mont Cuet landfill.
September 10th, 2014 by Nature
In a comment piece in this week’s Nature, Professor John Mathews and Dr Hao Tan write that countries should follow China’s lead and boost markets for water, wind and solar power technologies to drive down costs.
The authors argue that by placing the emphasis on production scale and market growth, China is driving down costs and thereby “contributing more than any other country to a climate-change solution.”
As the scale of Chinese manufacturing has grown — production of solar cells has expanded about 100-fold since 2005 — the costs of renewable-energy devices have plummeted.
Countries such as Germany and South Korea, like China, are boosting their national renewable-energy industries and markets.
But others, including the USA and the UK, seem yet to notice this shift and are pursuing ineffective energy policies, including considering alternative fossil-fuels sources, putting trade tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels, and importing energy technologies.
“As in China, renewables must be seen as a source of energy security, not just of reduced carbon emissions,” the authors wrote in their comment piece.
The authors also highlight the need for international climate and energy discussions to address the role of markets and financial drivers in delivering renewable technologies and energy to everyone.
September 7th, 2014 by RenewableUK
Leading UK renewable energy trade bodies have come together to launch “key tests” for the UK political parties ahead of the next UK general election.
The grouping, which includes ADBA (Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association), the British Photovoltaic Association, the Renewable Energy Association, RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables, and the Solar Trade Association, has launched a renewables manifesto statement and campaign hosted on the Action for Renewables website.
Action for Renewables encourages public support for more renewable energy and is chaired by leading environmentalist Dr Tony Juniper.
Renewable energy provides 15% of Britain’s power today and is set to provide nearly a third by 2020. Continue reading
September 5th, 2014 by Sustainable Guernsey
Following the recent 30 bays in 30 days event we have decided, following many requests, to launch a 30 runs, for 30 minutes, in 30 days challenge.
This challenge will start on 1st October 2014 and will run until 30th October 2014 while we still have some light in the evenings.
There will be no group runs so no-one feels they will be left behind….. or miles in front – but is suitable for everyone from Marathon runners to those who may prefer doing a quick walk or a jog rather than a run! Continue reading