Archive for November, 2009

Guernsey Bus User Group Launched

November 26th, 2009 by Richard Lord

The Guernsey Bus Users Group (BUG) wishes to double the number of people using the bus service during 2010. Guernsey residents can only expect improvements in the service if they use the bus service regularly. With the cost of motoring going up all the time now is the time to support Guernsey buses. BUG is a registered Guernsey charity supporting the interests of all Guernsey bus users.

Guernsey Slow Food Group visits Guernsey Mushroom Growers Ltd on 6 December

November 25th, 2009 by Events

The Guernsey Slow Food Group will visit Wayne Billien’s Guernsey Mushroom Growers Ltd. at Les Vallees Farm, Castel (Perry’s Ref 15 F5) on 6 December 2009.

The tour will begin at 11.30 am followed by a Sunday lunch featuring mushrooms at Fleur du Jardin.

The cost of the lunch is £15 (£17 for non-members).  The visit to Guernsey Mushroom Growers Ltd. will be followed by a mushroom inspired Sunday lunch at the Fleur du Jardin.

Wayne Billien a former tomato packer realised his lifetime ambition of running his own growing business when he became owner of Guernsey Mushroom Growers in 2006. The business now produces 1,600 six-pound boxes a week, which hits 1,800 during the peak summer period. The company has virtually the entire Guernsey market for buttons, cup and field mushrooms, which are the same variety, grown to different stages. They are also the sole supplier to the CI Co-operative in both Guernsey and Jersey.

Wayne’s son, Daniel, will show us around the 10 tunnel, high-tech operation which is equipped to feed the island’s growing appetite for mushrooms. Mushroom growing is notorious for its trickiness – plenty of tinkering and tweaking goes into producing their high quality product. The ability to get mushrooms to supermarkets and wholesalers in a matter of hours without spraying chemicals gives the company a strong competitive edge.

After the tour we will reconvene at the Fleur Du Jardin Hotel where Head Chef Jamie Sankey has devised a suitably mushroom inspired Sunday Lunch menu for us. Over coffee Carl Symes, our Guernsey Slow Food Group Chairman, will outline plans for 2010.

Fleur Du Jardin Sunday Lunch £15 (£17 non members)

Cream of Mushroom Soup
Roasted Garlic and Salami Field Mushrooms on Ciabatta Toast
Mushrooms a la Grecque

Roast Sirloin of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding & Roast Potatoes,
Roast Chicken with Morel Sauce, Mustard and Chive Pommes Puree
Mushroom Stroganoff with Saffron Rice

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butter Scotch Sauce
Chocolate Brownie with Maple Syrup
Cheese and Biscuits

Please book with Kate Attieh by emailing k.attieh or telephoning 07781 445 799

Moms Against Climate Change Film

November 20th, 2009 by Richard Lord

If our children knew what we know about climate change they would want to act to reduce C02 emissions.

Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees presents “Trees – A Cut Above the Rest” by Tony Kirkham

November 17th, 2009 by Events

Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees Presents “Trees – A cut Above the Rest” by Tony Kirkham on 17 November 2009 at 7.30 pm at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts, St Peter Port. A ticket is £10 and is available through the Guernsey box office or Tel: 749999.

Tony Kirkham is Head of Arboretum and Horticultural Services at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and presenter of the BBC Series “Trees that Made Britain.”

The poster of the presentation can be downloaded as a PDF flyer.

Debunking the myths of energy from waste

November 15th, 2009 by Richard Lord

Professor Paul Connett and others oppose the government of Ontario’s plan to burn waste for energy supply.
Part 1 of a series from the press conference of March 29, 2007.

Markham Councillor Erin Shapiro speaks on her city’s remarkable waste reduction program, with plans for a zero waste program on the radar. Barbara Halsall speaks about Halton’s incineration plans.

Dr Paul Connett answers questions in the Press Gallery of Queen’s Park about the common misconceptions surrounding the garbage incineration issue.  Also, Zero Waste solutions are explained.

The Stupid Show

November 12th, 2009 by Richard Lord

A half an hour TV show from the Copenhagen Climate Change talks.

Plastic pollution in the sea causes wildlife mortality

November 6th, 2009 by admin

A videographer records dead albatross chicks on Midway Island in the Central Pacific that have been killed by ingesting plastic litter picked up from the sea by their parents.  The damage marine plastic pollution causes to wildlife is shown to USA school children.

Vehicles for a small island – an essay

November 5th, 2009 by Gerald

How could we possibly live without the car? It is completely irrational to think that we can or would wish to operate as a modern society without the car as it is just too convenient and versatile. However, this doesn’t mean we cannot contemplate altering our attitude toward and acceptance of car use as we have our part to play in addressing the environmental catastrophe that threatens us and many other species on this planet. These magical mechanical masterpieces are costing the planet dear because of their thirst for fossil fuel and their emissions to the atmosphere, so at some point soon we will collectively have to decide how best to manage personal transport for the foreseeable future.

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Do we own too many things?

November 4th, 2009 by Richard Lord

The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) commissioned research by the Stockholm Environment Institute that states that using goods more efficiently could contribute to as much as ten percent of the target reduction in UK domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

One way to accomplish this is to use the Ecomodo website to borrow and lend equipment, materials and skills.

For more information download the WRAP paper “Meeting the UK Climate Change Challenge: The contribution of Resource Efficiency

Resource Efficiency: The Future for UK Business?

November 4th, 2009 by Richard Lord

Meeting the UK climate change challenge: the contribution of resource efficiency is the UK’s first research into how resource efficiency can help the UK meet its climate change targets. It shows that making better use of our natural resources could contribute as much as 10% of the target reduction in UK domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020.  For more information visit the Stockholm Environment Institute website.

You can also download the paper “Business Success in a Low Carbon Economy