Archive for December, 2009

Taking Back Our Food System – Growing Communities

December 11th, 2009 by Richard Lord

Growing Communities is a social enterprise run by local people in Hackney, East London.  They are working to create a more sustainable food system through their projects which provide practical alternatives to the damaging food system that exists.

Food, Inc. – A film about the changing face of food production

December 11th, 2009 by Richard Lord

First greater amberjack, Seriola dumerili, recorded in Guernsey waters

December 9th, 2009 by Richard Lord

Commercial fisherman Steve Fallaize caught a 585 gram Greater amberjack, Seriola dumerili, off Rousse, north-west coast of Guernsey, on the 9 December 2009. The fish was taken to Phoenix Fish Company and manager Martyn Vinning telephoned me this morning to tell me about the fish.   I believe this is the first record for the greater amberjack in Guernsey waters.

first greater amberjack, Seriola dumerili, recorded from Guernsey waters (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

About 12 have been positively identified from the British Isles. The first British record for the greater amberjack was in September 1951 off Salcombe, Devon and the first Irish record in October 1990. (Doug Herdson, personal communication).

The greater amberjack caught by Steve Fallaize had the following measurements.

Total length 376 mm

Fork length 328 mm

Standard length 299 mm

D VII, I, 29

A II, I, 19

Second dorsal fin lobe height 54 mm

Pectoral fin length 51 mm

Gill rakers on first gill arch 18 + 1 rudiment

The Voodoo economics of Incineration

December 7th, 2009 by Richard Lord

In a presentation by Dr. Paul Connett he states that incinerators are an economic disaster.  The public do not find out how much they are paying for these things until it is too late.  Most of the money spent on incinerators goes into a few pockets and leaves the community.

Planet Guernsey Update

December 2nd, 2009 by Vanessa

It is now two years since the release of the hugely successful Planet Guernsey publication. With the world’s eyes on Copenhagen, Dr Andrew Casebow and Professor Nick Day from the Climate Change Section of La Société Guernesiase will take us through the latest scientific research and the ongoing global debates and negotiations.

If you are interested in what recent research findings could mean for Guernsey, and how Guernsey should contribute to the global response to climate change, please join us.

Thursday 10 December 2009

Frossard Theatre, Candie

Drinks from 7.30pm

Presentation from 8pm

The talk is free but spaces limited.   To book please use contact details by downloading the PDF file.

A Short Film About Energy from Waste Incinerators

December 1st, 2009 by Richard Lord

Candle Light Vigil to support a binding deal in Copenhagen on cutting greenhouse gas emissions

December 1st, 2009 by Events

Forest Church: 6:00pm – 6:30pm.
Saturday 12th December.

Please bring a candle.

The Reverend Linda Le Vasseur will lead with a few prayers for a successful deal at Copenhagen followed by an opportunity for quite reflection on the need for a successful outcome from the Climate Change talks.

If you would like to see all the thousands of Vigils worldwide go to:

Today, we gather here, and with communities in every corner of the world, to commit to work together to save our planet.

The fragile balance of the earth that has always sustained us is changing. We are changing it.

We are causing warming that leads to more warming, icecaps melt and rainforests die, and this cycle could move beyond our control within just five years.

Climate change is far away, but close at hand. Many of us have slumbered until now. But for others, climate change is already a living devastation.

It is the dying light in a child’s eye, as advancing deserts turns a farm to dust, and a family starves.

It is a home, a livelihood, and a lifetime of memories wiped out by ever-rising floods and bitter storms.

It is the deadly battle between desperate neighbouring tribes clinging to the last remaining water holes.

It is a whole proud island nation fleeing, its water poisoned by the sea, its lands sinking beneath the waves.

And it is the tension of thousands of refugees driven from their lands to cities across the poorest nations.

These are the bitter foretastes of the gathering storm. This is the future that threatens us all – for no-one will be untouched by these ravages, rich or poor, north or south.

But we can save ourselves, by changing the energy that powers our societies. We can stop burning all this oil, coal and wood. We can shift to the natural energy of the sun, the wind, the water. But we must do this all together, and we must do it now.

The decisions we make today will decide the future of humanity.

This is why we have come out today to 2000 events in 130 countries across our planet, to light up the world with a call to action, a signal of hope.

We call on our leaders to take urgent action and agree a Real Climate Deal:

A real deal must be ambitious. We want a deal that will stop and reverse the growth of harmful carbon emissions within 5 years, and quickly return the world to a safe level of 350 parts per million of carbon in our atmosphere.

A real deal must be fair. We want a deal that commits $200 billion per year to help poor countries do their part to fix this crisis which was not created by them.

A real deal must be binding. We won’t allow empty promises. We want a deal that makes the protection of our planet the law of all lands.

This is the most important deal of our time. Every country must be part of the solution. We will accept nothing less.

Tonight we gather as global citizens with common purpose and shared fate. This is a chance to build a world we can be proud to leave to our children and grandchildren.

The hour is darkest before the dawn. Our movement is awake, this moment is ours to seize, the future is ours to build and our message is clear:

The World Wants A Real Deal!

Now let’s share stories about why we are here and how climate