MYLOR & flushing climate action group

We are a voluntary community group working together for action on climate change. Anyone is very welcome to join - we meet monthly in either Mylor or Flushing, or online - otherwise feel free to use the resources on this site for your own actions.

The next meeting is 26 Sept 2020, 16:00-17:00, via zoom, email here for joining instructions, all welcome.

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WHAT WE ARE DOING

This is the list of proposed actions so far that are actively being pursued, and who is taking them on:

MEETING CO-ORDINATION
Summary: The meetings don't organise themselves - someone needs to book a room, pay for it, tell everyone what date/time the meeting is, provide tea/coffee, decide on the meeting content, facilitate, gather donations to cover costs and clear up. We are on the look out for more people willing to help with this!
People involved: Amber Griffiths, Jaye Brighton, Dave Griffiths, Tim Brighton

ENERGY & TRANSPORT
Summary: A sub-group working on ways to reduce energy use in homes, businesses and transport, and encourage renewables. Currently deciding on specific projects and looking into funding.
People involved: Charmian Larke, Tim Brighton

DARK SKIES
Summary: Identifying a site to register with British Astronomical Society as a Dark Sky Discovery site (category 1) - this can then go on their website and act as a baseline to try and get lights turned off. Also looking at encouraging people to switch off security lights. Next subgroup meeting Friday 20th March 11am at 17 Penoweth, Mylor TR11 5NQ. This subgroup has its own Facebook page.
People involved: Andrew Marston

ALLOTMENTS, COMPOSTING & COMMUNITY FRIDGE
Summary: Identifying whether there is a demand for allotments in Flushing, looking into potential locations, and working out how to acquire the necessary land. Also visiting community compost facilities to work out what is possible locally, and figuring out whether it is feasible to have a community fridge to reduce food waste. Update: A survey has been sent out throughout Flushing in late Aug/early Sept 2020 to assess demand locally.
People involved: Leeza Cleveland, Jan Trefusis

PRACTICAL HELP AND ADVICE ON HOME INSULATION
Summary: Looking to form a team of volunteers to help us all have warmer, more comfortable homes that use less energy to heat, no matter how old the houses are. Initially, we can meet to share our personal experiences to publish a guide full of ideas and suggestions to improve the insulation and draft exclusion in our older homes. Later to visit and do the simpler work for homeowners who can't do it themselves and currently opt to turn up the heating instead. Also, to direct homeowners to where they can apply for the more specialist, grant funded services like loft insulation.
People involved: David Lansdowne

ADVICE ON HOW TO DIVEST
Summary: Written advice on how to divest from fossil fuels e.g. switching to 100% renewable energy supply, moving bank accounts etc. that could go in the parish magazine or be used as posters/fliers. Update: The parish magazine refused to publish this, so we may self-print and put it in the local shops.
People involved: Amber Griffiths, Guy Tregew

FINANCES
So far we have relied on individual donations to cover the costs of room hire and tea/coffee/biscuits. People have self funded any/all initiatives. We have been offered £150 from the Parish Council (May 2020) but have not taken this as we do not have a constitution or group bank account yet.
The amount in the kitty is currently: £7

WHAT WE HAVE DONE

The community climate action group was originally launched by the Parish Council, but runs independently of the council. This is a list of the progress made, in order that things happened - we hope to document successes and failures so that others can move faster:

EDUCATION AND GENERATION OF IDEAS FOR ACTIONS
21 Nov 2019 - Talk on the Climate Emergency by climate scientist Prof. Stephan Harrison. This talk was public but aimed at the council. About 30 people came. We solicited written ideas for actions from the audience. This event was led by the Parish Council.
7 Dec 2019 - Launch of the Community Action Group. Talks by Manda Brookman on the Climate Emergency, and Michael Brougham on local impacts and the Neighbourhood Development Plan. About 40 people came. We solicited written ideas for actions from the audience.

PRIORITISATION OF IDEAS AND FORMATION OF GROUPS
18 Jan 2020 - We sorted the written ideas from the previous events, removing duplicates and putting the ideas on two axes - one for the impact of the action, and the other for the effort required to enact the action. We focused on the high impact, low effort ideas, and participants chose actions to work on and met others interested in the same things.

MAKE LIST OF CLIMATE BOOKS AVAILABLE TO BORROW
28 Jan 2020 - We have quite a number of books related to climate change that could be borrowed by others, so we've make a list and put it online so people know what is available - you can find it here. Others can add their own books if they are willing to lend them to others, books can be exchanged at our regular meetings.

MAILING LIST AND WEBSITE CREATED
29 Feb 2020 - Launch of this website, and a mailing list to allow people in the group to contact everyone with questions, information, or to co-ordinate meetings. The mailing list will replace the co-ordinators sending out emails (reducing hierarchy, increasing resilience), and is available here.

ATTEMPT TO FORM STANDARD MEETING FORMAT
29 Feb 2020 - As a group we agreed on monthly meetings. The two co-ordinators have begun to develop a format for the meeting that should mean we don't have to reinvent the wheel each time, and make it easier for others to lead the group instead of us (reducing hierarchy, increasing resilience). The format is: (i) Updates from all active sub-groups, (ii) Call for any new ideas or people doing things that we've missed, (iii) Time to work in sub-groups, (iv) Come back together as a group to ask for help with any issues, (v) Next meeting date and any suggestions for other meeting formats. This worked well in practice, but we'll keep revisiting it.

ALLOTMENTS & COMPOSTING SURVEY
1 Sept 2020 - A survey to assess local demand for allotments, composting, community gardens etc. has been sent out around Flushing. The idea being that if we can prove that there is demand, we may find it easier to find funding to make it happen.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

If you'd like to get involved, we meet roughly monthly in Mylor or Flushing, or online. You don't need to tell us you're coming, just turn up!

THE NEXT MEETING IS:
26 September 2020, 16:00-17:00, via Zoom. Email here for joining info, all are very welcome!

THE MAILING LIST:
You can sign yourself up to our mailing list to be notified of meeting dates and anything else going on. The link to sign up is here. Once you've signed up you should receive an email containing instructions to follow to complete the process. You can opt out at any time of course.

For any other queries, you can email here.

Thank you

We'll get back to you when we can!