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February 2015 Newsletter
A round up of news and views
Practical Permaculture for Transition - there are still a few places left on this popular course, which starts on Saturday 21st March. It costs £35 for 10 hands-on sessions at various locations, in and around Marlborough and includes a free permaculture book. You can see the full exciting programme here... (Don't worry if you can't make all the sessions - you can always join in the ones you missed next year!) Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
The Marlborough Rail Link - Did you sign up in support of this important project? If so, you may want to join us by responding to this provocative letter, written by David Chandler...
Marlborough's First Environmental Film Festival - will be in the Town Hall on Saturday 24th October. This is during the run up to the crucial Climate Talks that will be held in Paris in December, so we are planning to show some thought-provoking films. Find out more here...
New cycle path for Marlborough - the Transport Group were pleased to receive good news from the Town Clerk recently, confirming that a new cycle path is to be built passing through the old Salisbury Road depot, linking the Sustrans Swindon Railway Path with Tescos car park. This new path will be installed by Wiltshire Council, as part of the Section 106 agreement with the site developer.
President Obama vetos the Keystone Pipeline - This means that he is one step closer to a final rejection of Keystone XL — President Obama has vetoed the Congress bill that would have forced him to approve the pipeline.
It’s not the same as rejecting the pipeline, but it is a big deal: it’s just the third time this President has vetoed a bill. He wouldn’t be taking this step if not for the extraordinary work that US citizens have done to push him to take this issue seriously. A few years ago, he was barely acknowledging the pipeline, and now he’s talking about climate change often, and Keystone is one of the top issues in Washington. Read more...
The Green Deal fails to cut carbon emissions - Do you remember the Green Deal and how it was supposed to not only cut carbon emissions, but also lift millions of families out of fuel poverty? Well - the latest government statistics show that only around one thousand households, nationwide, have benefitted from the installation of solid wall insulation over the past three years. The biggest impacts on the UK's renewable energy goals have been made by wind power. Read more...
Time to Act! Climate Demo in London - Following on from the tremendous success of the People’s Climate March in September, on March 7th 2015, the Time to Act on Climate Change march will bring people together again on the streets of London to demand real change and tell politicians seeking election that there is no mandate for climate-wrecking business as usual.
2015 is a crucial year for the climate. In December, governments will come together in Paris to strike a new deal for the climate - we must make our voices heard. Find out more, here...
Next Hub Meeting - is on Thursday, 12th March, at 8pm in the Green Dragon Pub, in Marlborough High Street.
The Transition Marlborough team
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