There has been a call for a national weekend (12-14th February) of actions to again remind the politicians that we are expecting them to live up to their words in Paris in December. Noticing that there isn't an action on the map in Cornwall yet, David Smart Knight is planning to do a public "flag wash" in Penzance on Friday 12th February - and invite one and all to come and help.
The point of the flag wash is to get a union jack and scrub it clean of all the oil stains, moneyed interests and political corruption that are hijacking our country. If need be he will do this as a one-man show, however he would REALLY like some support. For further details on the context of this particular action see: http://act.350.org/event/show-the-love/12211/
Bosavern Community Farm Willow Planting WorkshopBosavern Community Farm are planning a second willow coppice in addition to their biomass coppice which surrounds the market garden. The second coppice will be for basketry/crafts/living willow structures etc. It will be 10m x 10m and home at least four varieties of willow - including a specialised windbreak willow - much needed in the challenging environment of Penwith. The site that they are looking at has waterlogging issues so they hope the willow will have a positive effect and make use of the extra water. Nikki will be running this day as a very practical workshop and will provide hot soup and organic bread for lunch. If you would like to learn about planting willow and enjoy being outside with sea views, then please contact Nikki and sign up via the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1504028819905951/
They will be following this day with a willow craft day later on, so why not get involved from the beginning to understand the whole process.
Divest Cornwall petitionHere's a petition that's really worth signing. It asks Cornwall Council to:
1. Immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels.
2. Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.
Also to reinvest such that Cornwall really can live up to its potential as a renewable energy trendsetter for the UK.
Fossil fuel corporations have 5 times more oil, coal and gas in known reserves than the most conservative climate scientists think is safe to burn. Therefore we have to keep at least 80% of their fossil fuels underground to keep the earth in livable shape. Despite this fact, fossil fuel companies continue to explore for more fossil fuels (for example in the Arctic, or in the UK through fracking) because - with our current economic system - the amount of reserves they have determines their share value.
The original Penzance LETS functioned for many years but is sadly no more. Penwith LETS (Local Exchange Trading Scheme) will carry on the tradition - helping people exchange services with other people in the community without the need for money. The group will be run by and for local people, creating wealth that stays in the area. It puts people in touch with a thriving social network and a great variety of resources and skills. LETS is a way of helping people to help themselves. Everybody has skills and someone out there needs yours!