August 2020
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Newsletter Editor: Philip Nalpanis

St Albans Sustainable Market

Sunday 23 August 12.00 - 5.00 pm

Come and enjoy stalls with food and drink, and featuring lots of local sustainable businesses. This market will be scattered around St Albans city centre, not just on Market Place, so there is plenty of room for social distancing.

This event is presented by Sustainable St Albans in conjunction with St Albans BID (Business Improvement District).

We are fast creating this event; to see more about it closer to the time, keep an eye on the
St Albans BID  Facebook page.

Sustainable living - learnings from #lockdown

On 13 July the Our Planet Our Future team held its first online event!  

Four breakout groups discussed the sustainable living changes they made during lockdown. Changes made by attendees included:

  • at home, more gardening and DIY; where foods were bought; research on future home energy supply options
  • by workers, travelling less; becoming virtual meeting experts; eating healthier lunches; better home/work-life balance
  • to leisure activities, more walking and cycling; heightened awareness of nature; engagement in online activities e.g. quizzes, socials, club meetings, classes, church services, watching plays and virtual tours
  • to community interactions, supporting local mutual aid initiatives e.g volunteering with local care homes; collecting prescriptions and for food banks; sharing home-grown food/plants; contacting and supporting vulnerable neighbours, making masks.
You can read a detailed review of the meeting here, with an Annex of Resources and Further Information to help you maintain the sustainable living changes you made during lockdown.

Leave your car at home!

Monday 14 September, 7.30 - 9.00 pm

Boots, bikes and buses – an evening with talks and discussion on alternative ways to get around that are kinder to the planet.

The event is free and will take place online via Zoom. Book your place here.

Open Food Gardens Go Virtual!

Remember these lovely Open Food Garden events, run by residents who are passionate about growing food opening up their gardens to visitors, with advice, tea and cake? Hundreds of people visited the gardens. Seedlings were sometimes on offer.

This year we are “going virtual” with videos of food-growing in local gardens on our Open Food Gardens webpage. The garden owners show you:

•    plants they are proud of;
•    inspiring ways of growing;
•    how to plant in a small space;
•    saving water;
•    best ways to compost;
•    how to encourage pollinators and wildlife;
•    surprises too, like alpacas, giant squash and pumpkins.


If you are interested in helping with the Open Food Garden group or volunteering to help with future Open Garden afternoons, please get in touch: we would love to hear from you!
Want to use lockdown time to get to grips with sustainability issues in a way that’s potentially fun, free, and at your own pace, courtesy of some of the world’s best academic institutions?

By educating yourself you’ll be able to make a greater practical difference to your community, to your world, and potentially enhance your future job prospects. What’s not to love?

Written for us by Diane Bell –  this
#Lockdown Guest Blog opens up the world of learning to you!

Have you seen our latest guest blogs?

You can find them all here, but these are some you might find of especial interest.

Why Green Groups need to be black and white - a stimulating article by Zain Kwabi-Gibson (photo), a young black climate activist in Hertfordshire.

Our series of five informative blogs for Plastic Free July, written by Marianne Jordan, the winner of the St Albans Mayors Pride Award for Environmentalist of the Year 2020, have everything you need to know how to go #plasticfree:
You've probably heard or read about the government's recently-announced 'green energy package'. Find out here what's in it and where it falls short of what we need.

One year on ...

In 2019 Sustainable St Albans and St Albans Friends of the Earth jointly organised the 1700 strong Climate Emergency petition and presented it to St Albans City & District Countil at its meeting on 11 July. The Council then declared a Climate Emergency with all party agreement, voting 55 votes to 0 in favour.

So what's happened since? Find out here.

Partners and other news

Do you think 20sPlenty?

Write to your county councillor

Would you like to see 20 mph as the default speed for all the residential streets across St Albans? We would. It’s already been done in many places around the UK, it reduces road deaths, cuts the emissions from cars, and encourages people to switch to cycling.

If you support 20sPlenty, please write to your Hertfordshire county councillor to let them know. Find your county councillor here. (N.B. Hertfordshire County Council are the responsible authority for setting 20 mph zones in St Albans.)

Lots of potential changes are currently being considered as we gradually emerge from lockdown, and they need to know what has your support.

Not sure yet? Find out more at the 20sPlenty website.

Keep up-to-date on the bigger picture

Climate change and other environmental issues are increasingly reported in the national news media, especially The Guardian, The Independent and the BBC News websites. Keep an eye on them to see what's happening! Here are a few recent articles to whet your appetite:
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