Why bother with fracking
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Join Reading Friends of the Earth during Reading International Festival for a public meeting with Professor Chris Rhodes. The evening will cover options for global and UK energy in the context of declining supplies of conventional crude oil. Professor Rhodes will review the controversial ‘Fracking’ process and constraints on renewable energy and electrification, concluding that we must adapt to lower-energy lifestyles. His talk will include issues around population, energy use/efficiency, and where we are going (or should go) as a human society.
Air quality for All
Thursday, October 30, 2014
As part of the 21st Century Challenges discussion series, an expert panel will gather at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to discuss the problem and how creative technology and new thinking can help us all breathe more easily. This is a public event and all are welcome to attend. Panel discussion will be followed by audience Q&A. Tickets £10 (£7 RGS-IBG members) -book online or call 0207 591 3100.
Bee World Seeding Day, Croydon
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Come and sow wildflower seeds and help create a Bee World at Heathfield's Ecology Centre.
Eco Renovate your Home
Saturday, November 15, 2014
A one-day course run in partnership with Low Carbon Trust and in association with RESET. This course looks at making the home more energy efficient and highlights areas where savings can be made and carbon footprints reduced. It is tailored to the individual participant’s needs and is suitable for beginners and those familiar with eco-building. Tutors: Rebecca Sarll and Mischa Hewitt CPD certified. Fee £72-£162.See website for full details and booking information.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Your Century! will bring together young people to discuss our relationship with the natural environment. We will begin to devise solutions to make a difference for the coming century. There will be inspirational speakers involved in the global movement for change, working in the fields of environmental activism, finance, technology, conservation, business and more. Your Century! will help you to become guardians of our amazing home and protectors its inhabitants. Free, but registration essential.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
How to keep your collaborators happy and engage them in a way that is effective, innovative and inspiring. You will learn: increase participation in your organisation, campaign or cause; identify, prioritise, and interact with your key players; assess the key issues relating to engagement; build capacity through your supporters; how to expand and retain your community of stakeholders; develop an engagement strategy; how to work with your participants on a change agenda. Costs: see website.
Gardens of the Arts & Crafts movement
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The 19th century movement introduced the idea of using handcrafted objects in natural materials in simple captivating styles. This course will look at the elements they considered essential to creating gardens and study a number of existing arts & crafts gardens. Course Fee £23.10 or free if in receipt of an eligible income related benefit.
Full permaculture design course
Saturday, January 24, 2015 to Sunday, June 14, 2015
To introduce the basic concepts of permaculture theory and practice and enable learners to integrate ecological and design thinking into their everyday lives. As a result of attending this course it may be possible for you to apply permaculture ethics and principles to situations in your own life; describe some of the principles, processes and elements working within natural systems; describe the process of design and a variety of tools and methods within it, and use it in a variety of situations; and apply your learning within your home, garden, community and the wider world. 14 x 6.5-hour sessions. Course fees £359.91 or free if in receipt of an eligible income related benefit.