Plastic Free July

Over the last few months we’ve had so much else to worry about that plastic pollution has taken a back seat. But the problem hasn’t gone away, so perhaps now is the time to take action again. As government advice on the places where we need to wear facemasks widens from public transport to inside shops, we need to reject disposable face mask options. Lots of local people are making masks out of scrap materials, and retailers are now selling washable, biodegradable masks, which do not cause unnecessary waste. As it is ‘Plastic Free July’ it would be a good … more

Bee Natures Friend

Aren’t bees amazing! They have been around, pollinating flowers for more than 120million years and are exceedingly good at it. One species even gives us honey. What’s not to like? In parts of South West China bees are now so scarce due to over-zealous use of pesticides, that the apple and pear orchards have to be pollinated by human hands—with paintbrushes! We need to look after our bees to stop their numbers declining further. The same goes for other pollinating insects. If they die out, so do we. The most obvious solutions are to use fewer pesticides, or none at … more

Make Do and Mend

Developing new skills, or remembering old ones, to make stuff we can’t go out and buy… As individuals we can help repair the climate by mending and repurposing items rather than sending them to waste. With shops and service industries closed it has been less easy to replace and repair our ‘stuff’ during this crisis. However, with more time on our hands we have had the opportunity to make and mend things. Fixing things can sometimes prove a challenge, with objects often designed to discourage this, it is amazing how hard it can be to change some watch batteries without … more

The joys of GIY – Grow It Yourself

The ongoing pandemic has made us think about food security. Over the coming months social distancing may require many of us to spend more time at home. Given that the timing aligns with the start of the growing season, why not use this time to help repair the climate by starting to grow some of your own food? One of the most exciting aspects of gardening, for me, is the watching and waiting and finally the appearance, of plants from seeds I have sown. It’s magic! The other is harvesting the crop—especially potatoes. Since I was about nine years old … more

Leaving the Car Behind

“Lots of people making a small change can make a significant contribution to repairing our climate”North Central Hertfordshire Growth and Transport plan puts improvements for car users as lower priority than walking, cycling and public transport, supporting local residents to switch to more sustainable transport. This month we are sharing some ideas on how each of us can follow the councils lead and start to reduce our reliance on the car.Shorter journeys, those of a mile or less, are the ones where it is often easiest to change transport mode. If you can plan in a little more time for these journeys they can often be made on foot. For slightly longer regular trips why … more

TTLs first online Transition Tuesday – A Summary of the Discussion

Our 12th May 2020 Transition Tuesday started with a short presentation reflecting on how changes to tackle COVID-19 could be a stepping stone to repairing our climate and the possible initiatives TTL could take forward, based on our recent blog. Attendees then discussed a number of potential project areas. Encouraging Increased Cycling Post-Lockdown The plans to bring forward cycling infrastructure in cities across the world, including London was reported. Extinction Rebellions’ request for people to chalk cycle lanes on the road and then ride them this coming weekend was explained. It was suggested that it would be worth getting a … more

What Climate Repair Lessons can we Learn from the COVID-19 crisis?

Can changes that have been introduced to tackle COVID-19 provide a stepping-stone to building a more resilient society / community? This paper introduces some ideas that will be discussed and built upon at Transition Town Letchworth’s Online Transition Tuesday planned for the 12 May 2020 (using zoom). The paper: Provides a wider reflection on COVID-19 and climate repair, Considers some of the threats and weaknesses to long term climate repair resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, Explores what topics Transition Town Letchworth, as a local organisation, can work on to build a more resilient local economy and the world that we … more

Lifestyle changes to limit Covid-19 also help to repair our climate

We are in the grip of the Covid-19 crisis. It is restricting us in all areas of life, and causes so much suffering. But we know it will pass, and afterwards we will re-orient ourselves. Other topics will re-emerge, one of which will certainly be climate change. How will we look back and reflect then? Here a few numbers on our carbon footprints, and what effect the current restrictions have on it. Taking into account UK production and import of goods, the average person in the UK produces 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) per year. To gradually achieve … more

What next for our waste collections?

Due to Coronavirus staff shortages NHDC has taken the decision to suspend food waste collections and the garden waste service. Over a two week period we used to have five separate collections from our properties and this is now reduced to two. If an alternative solution had been proposed of a three weekly service on all bin types would this have been preferred? Many of us I suspect have space in our bins to go three or even four weeks before collections, and if we squash packaging a bit more before it goes in the bin we could make better … more

Transition Town Letchworth Response to the Hertfordshire Rail Strategy Revision (2019)

Transition Town Letchworth have reviewed the strategy in terms of how it will support users and potential users of Letchworth rail service. Pricing and Service Levels We are supportive of the strategy with regard to its aspirations for service levels and fares and ticketing. We would encourage the earliest possible spread of Pay-As-You-Go ticketing across the county to help ensure people have the best access to tickets and lowest cost fares. Effective demand management can only occur if public transport fares are competitive with car journey costs. The Rail Strategy needs to include, for popular routes, periodic analysis comparing public … more