Guernsey deputies enjoy the many benefits of owning an electric bike

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.

Deputy Lester Queripel, Deputy Michelle Le Clerc and Deputy Yvonne Burford, Minister for the Environment Department, arrive on their electric bicycles for the States of Deliberation (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Lester Queripel, Deputy Michelle Le Clerc and Deputy Yvonne Burford, Minister for the Environment Department, arrive on their electric bicycles for the October 2014 States of Deliberation meeting (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

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

Eleanor Foundation’s Hug the Coast Bike Ride on 21 September 2014

September 18th, 2014 by Sustainable Guernsey

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(please click image to open as a PDF file that you can download to your computer)

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

Volunteer to help clean Rocquaine Bay beach on 21 September 2014

September 18th, 2014 by Vanessa

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(please click on image to open and download as a PDF file on your computer)

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.

Volunteers requested for Saints Bay beach clean on 20 September 2014

September 18th, 2014 by Vanessa

Saints Bay Beach Clean and Survey for the Marine Conservation Society on 20 September 2014 (please click image to open PDF file and download to your computer)

Saints Bay Beach Clean and Survey for the Marine Conservation Society on 20 September 2014 (please click image to open PDF file and download to your computer)

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]

 

 

Guernsey’s elderly to benefit from charities receiving grant funding

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.

Five recipients were awarded grants: Milly’s Foundation, Guernsey Hard of Hearing Association, Carers Coming Together, Eldad Elim Church and the Guernsey Arts Commission.

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

Air pollution and poor lung health tightly linked

September 12th, 2014 by European Lung Foundation

Commodore Clipper starts a diesel engine in St Peter Port harbour on 23 May 2014.  Harmful air pollution comes from many sources (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Commodore Clipper starts a diesel engine in St Peter Port harbour on 23 May 2014. Harmful air pollution comes from many sources (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

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

Guernsey’s Culture & Leisure Dept has 11 rolls of carpet to give away

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.

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(click on image of carpet to enlarge)

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.

Boost production and market for renewable energy technologies to build energy security

September 10th, 2014 by Nature

A field of photovoltaic panels with wind turbines in the distance near Goch, Germany on 4 January 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A field of photovoltaic panels with wind turbines in the distance near Goch, Germany on 4 January 2012 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

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.

Professor Mathews and Dr Tan call for a new narrative in climate and energy discussions.

“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.

Renewables industry unifies around key tests for next UK Government

September 7th, 2014 by RenewableUK

The photovoltaic panels on Blackfriars bridge had produced 1.35 GWh of electricity in 2014 up to 22 June 2014. (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The photovoltaic panels on Blackfriars bridge across the Thames in London had produced 1.35 GWh of electricity in 2014 up to 22 June 2014. (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

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

October’s 30 runs in 30 days to raise funds for Les Bourgs Hospice

September 5th, 2014 by Sustainable Guernsey

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(click on image to open a PDF which you can download to your computer)

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