Archive for August, 2010

Beachwatch Big Weekend 2010

August 23rd, 2010 by Events

The Marine Conservation Society’s Big beach clean weekend takes place in 2010 on 18 and 19 September.  States of Guernsey employees and politicians, employees from many Guernsey companies, and voluntary groups take part in clearing our shore of litter.  This event evokes wonderful community spirit and is an enjoyable social occasion.

A littered shore line before the beach clean at Champ Rouget, Chouet (click image to expand)

The annual MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend event takes place on the 3rd weekend of September every year and the data collected is used for the annual MCS Beachwatch report.

Beach litter is from two sources – beach visitors and wash-ups of litter from the sea.  During autumn gales broken fishing gear and litter from merchant shipping washes onto the shore.  Some of this litter originates thousands of miles away.

Many Guernsey organisations take part in the Beachwatch Big Weekend.  For example the BBC clean the shore of Belle Greve Bay, Guernsey Post Office employees clean Saline Beach, and G-CAN members clean Champ Rouget at Chouet.

If your organisation is taking part in the 2010 Beachwatch Big Weekend beach clean please leave a comment on this page to let Sustainable Guernsey readers know.

WHAT IS 10:10:10?

August 22nd, 2010 by 1010

10:10 has joined forces with international campaigning heavyweights 350.org to co-ordinate 10:10:10 – a global day of doing.

On 10th October 2010, thousands of individuals, families, schools, businesses and other organisations worldwide will take simple steps to save energy and reduce their emissions. These ordinary actions, combined with iconic events, will make an extraordinary difference. Not only will they cut carbon directly; they will also send a powerful message to world leaders that people and organisations everywhere are ready to tackle climate change.

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10:10 The Story so far

August 22nd, 2010 by 1010

10:10’s big dream is to get every sector of society cutting their carbon emissions by 10% in a year, starting in 2010. And it’s working.

Since its launch in September 2009, more than 80,000 individuals and 3,000 businesses have joined the 10:10 movement, each cutting their emissions by 10%. Massive organisations like the Science Museum, Citizens’ Advice Bureau, The Women’s Institute and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, plus 1,600 schools, colleges and universities are also on board.

Just 24 hours after coming to power, UK prime minister David Cameron committed the entire government estate to a 10% reduction – the equivalent of taking 50,000 cars off the road, or all of Liverpool cutting its 10%.

Meanwhile, almost half of all the UK’s local councils are doing 10:10 which means 25 million people will get their public services with 10% less carbon this year. London Underground (the Tube) is cutting emissions at ten of its busiest Underground stations (including Victoria and Bank) simply by turning off escalators and elevators during off-peak hours. And festivals including Reading and Leeds, Lovebox, Latitude, Big Chill and Bestival are doing 10:10 with all kinds of clever ideas, from composting toilets to solar-powered stages.

What happens at the end of 2010?

10:10 was originally conceived as a 2010 campaign, but due to popular demand we have decided to keep it going indefinitely. Nothing will change next year: people and organisations will be encouraged to cut their carbon by 10% in a year; and those who have already hit 10% will be given support to go even further.

More than 6,000 people are already wearing the 10:10 tag, the physical symbol of the campaign, made from a recycled Boeing 747 jet. Celebrities including Sienna Miller, Hugh Jackman and Daisy Lowe have been spotted wearing the tag, bringing it to the UK’s fashion pages and making it the essential fashion accessory of the summer – reinforcing 10:10’s core message that “everybody’s at it”.

While 10:10 started out as a UK-based campaign, within hours of launch requests were flooding in from other countries, with people asking how they could start their own local campaigns. Using an open-source model there are now active 10:10 campaigns in 40 countries, including Norway, Mexico, Ghana and Russia.

From low-carbon menus in the canteens of University College London Hospital, to the City of Oslo using renewable power in all school buildings, organisations big and small are getting behind 10:10 and making a positive difference. Why not join them?

Why 10% in a year?

Cutting carbon emissions by 10% in one year is a bold target, but for most of us it’s an achievable one.

It’s also in line with what scientists say we need right now, and 10:10 is supported by leading experts working at the forefront of climate science, politics and economics, including Sir Nicholas Stern, author of the influential Stern Review.

Join 10:10

August 22nd, 2010 by 1010

An ambitious project to unite every sector of society behind one simple idea: cutting our carbon by 10% a year starting now…

For more information visit the 10:10 website.

Why Buy when you can Borrow?

August 22nd, 2010 by Meriel

Meriel Lenfestey from borrowing site ecomodo.com explains the simple but big idea.

Meriel at the West Show - What's in your shed? (click image to expand)

Sitting on a train one day, watching all the gardens pass by, I was pondering a woodworking challenge for the weekend. It was one of those jobs which would take 30 minutes with the right tool and a day without. Needless to say, I didn’t have the right tool.

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The safe route to the Baubigny Schools for children living in St. Peter Port North will be open for the new school term

August 22nd, 2010 by Pat Wisher

You are invited to join Living Streets at 10.00 a.m on Monday 30th August so that we can show you the new pathway through the vinery site which links the track behind The Island Bowl to the school campus (Perry’s Page 10 A4/5)

Assemble in the large Island Bowl car park. Come on foot, on your bike or by car (parking by kind permission of the Bowl)

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Community happiness and fun at the ‘Big Lunch’ at Sausmarez Manor

August 21st, 2010 by Sustainable Guernsey

The 'Big Lunch' at Sausmarez Manor getting started (click image to expand)

Richie from Market Kitchen prepares a delicious paella at The Big Lunch at Sausmarez Manor (click image to expand)

Jolly jelly fun for children at The Big Lunch at Sausmarez Manor (click image to expand)

Enjoying the community spirit of the Big Lunch on the lawn infront of Sausmarez Manor (click image to expand)

Big Lunch organiser, Genevieve Langford (right) with Jeanne Langford (click image to expand)

Increasing number of Guernsey companies looking to be energy efficient

August 20th, 2010 by Amalgamated Facilities Management

MORE and more companies in the Channel Islands are looking to reduce the energy they consume.

AFM, which specialises in energy monitoring and measurement and advises companies on ways to reduce consumption, has seen demand for its services increasing year by year.

‘We have seen a definite shift towards companies in all industry sectors becoming more environmentally aware. Whether it’s simply by installing sensors on their lights or investing in comprehensive study, more and more companies are recognising that a relatively small amount of time and expenditure can have enormous benefits,’ said AFM commercial director Darren Etasse.

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Arrowsmith Marlowe earns Environment Department’s Keep Guernsey Green Award

August 20th, 2010 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

Arrowsmith Marlowe has received the Keep Guernsey Green Award for their efforts in encouraging and assisting other organisations in managing their waste more effectively.

Through its existing contracts, Arrowsmith Marlowe has been able to install and service recycling facilities at over 30 organisations, servicing almost 1,500 people.

Maria Pols holds the "Keep Guernsey Green Award" with Environment Minister Deputy Peter Sirett on her right, and Hugh Roe, MD of Arrowsmith Marlowe, with the blue tie on her left (click image to expand)

Mr Hugh Roe, Managing Director of Arrowsmith Marlowe, said  “I am extremely pleased that we have received this award for the effort and changes in practice that have been made within the Company.  Additionally, being a service orientated company, we are in a good position to advise and help clients to reduce their environmental impact. This has to be good for the Island.

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Food Security conference in London: Meeting the Global Challenges of the Future

August 20th, 2010 by Events

The Partnership Media Group Ltd. has organised a conference in London on global food security.

They write that the world is facing a potential crisis in terms of food security. The challenge is to produce and supply enough safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way for a growing global population, which is projected to reach 9bn by 2050.

More people die each year from hunger and malnutrition than from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

The UN’s annual report on global food security confirms that more than one billion people – a sixth of the world’s population – are undernourished.

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