RE:IMAGINE St Neot and Warleggan
A vision to move the parishes toward zero CO2 emission by 2030
- RE:IMAGINE Kernow
- RE:IMAGINE The Community
- RE:IMAGINE The House
- RE:Generation Ringing the Bell
1. RE:IMAGINE Kernow Action Plan
2. RE:IMAGINE The Community Action Plan
3. RE:IMAGINE The Household Action Plan
If the captain of the Titanic had been alerted that he had a 97% chance of hitting an iceberg it is pretty safe to assume that he would have changed course.
97% of climate scientists are convinced that unless we radically change our lifestyles within the next decade then climate change will start to run out of control. We cannot afford to ignore them.
But what does ‘change our lifestyle’ mean? It means no more roads clogged with fossil fuel burning cars, it means cities with clean air, it means the mass planting of trees and hedgerows. It’s about creation rather than destruction; clean seas, clean skies, clear consciences. A vibrant natural world.
We set out some visions for the future and offer practical place-based projects that will help us to reduce our personal, household and community impact on the planet. We hope these actions will save you money, and other will be fun to implement, but over all we aim to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere.
So what’s to worry about? – let’s get on with it!’’
A green and pleasant land , zero carbon with a circular green economy and no pollution of either land, sea or air. A richly biodiverse Cornwall , connected, aware and inclusive.
Fossil fuel road transport phased out completely by 2030. Instead Cornwall served by an extensive network of trains, trams, electric car pools, electric bike hire.( There may have to be a derogation for agriculture but in return for off-setting with tree planting and multi species grassland).
An infrastructure of footpaths and cycleways linking every community .
All energy from renewable sources by 2030. Much of this generated by local C.I.C.s providing energy by and for the local community.
All new industrial, agricultural and domestic buildings to be equipped with photovoltaic panels and/or solar thermal depending on suitability. Also extensive retro-fitting to existing buildings.
All new housing to be built to low-energy/passive standards. All old housing to be retrofitted with modern insulation.
Insist on a Cornish tariff – viz. The first £100 ish monthly usage to be on a very preferential rate ( there are a lot of people in Cornwall who pretty literally can’t afford the candle) , then ratchet up the rate in order to persuade the heavy users to seek means of self-generation/ other economies.
A network of thick, multi-species hedges running in a continuous network through the county linking copses, woodland and moorland in what would amount to a spaghetti junction of animal highways.
All areas of wetland, peatland and moorland to be regenerated to act as carbon sinks and as reservoirs of biodiversity.
Farming to be carbon neutral, permanent pasture to be legally protected, subsidies for wildflower meadows and agri-forestry. Chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides to be phased out by 2030. All livestock farming to be high welfare / cruelty free ( worth remembering that intensive/battery livestock operations are not only cruel by definition but also have a colossal carbon footprint).Sufficient slaughterhouses within the county to prevent live animal transport out of the region.
Large marine nature reserves/nurseries to be declared. These to be commercially occupied only by static gear shellfish and seaweed farmers. No beam- or pair-trawling in Cornish waters. Inshore areas set aside for the exclusive use of day boats/ static gear fishers ( e.g. creels and pots)(N.B. there is evidence that shellfish farms act as carbon sinks in that carbon is stored indefinitely in new shell production).
All harbours to ban/heavily tax any leisure boats with engines above an agreed size.
Aim for a circular economy . E.g. supermarkets to source as much local produce from within the county as is practicable. Any produce from further afield to be from a low carbon and sustainable source ( ‘sustainable’, another tricky word much abused. It must apply only to items produced with no collateral harm to the health of humans, animals or the planet). All waste recycled and re-used within the county.
Every junior school to have a Forest School. Every other school to have access to calm green space as well as good playing fields ( + music, art, drama, and everything else that makes us human!). Schools to grow a decent percentage of their own food and to set up tree nurseries =- acorns, hazel nuts, hawthorn berries etc. gathered in the Autumn and brought on in pots then distributed throughout the community to gardens, smallholdings and farms .
None of the major banks have a good track record on climate change or conservation ( e.g. Nat West heavily invested in palm oil production, Barclays big investors in fossil fuels). Therefore insist that Cornwall council moves its account to the Triodos Bank ( based in Bristol and the Netherlands) the only truly ethical bank in Europe.
2. RE:IMAGINE THE PARISH
Transport : -
Primacy given to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
- weight and size restrictions on vehicles.
- 30 mph max. Limit on B roads
- 20 mph through communities.
- electric car and bike hire.
- Solar/wind/battery hybrid power station set up on suitable donated land. The loss of biodiversity caused by this development to be offset by hedge planting/wild flowers.
- Produce meat, fruit and vegetables locally to be sold through the local produce market.
- All new housing to be low energy/passive.
- Get all gardeners on board to declare their properties as pesticide and herbicide-free by 2020.
Thinking about local projects - can we:
Food - encourage the local production of meat, fruit and vegetables which can be purchased locally by local people. We have a monthly produce market - can this be enhanced and made more frequent? We have a new market garden being established on the Doublebois road out of St Neot - can we encourage them to set up a shop? Can we broker a deal with the village shop? Can we get local farmers to supply meat into the local economy? Can we encourage an organisation to set up a veg and meat box scheme locally?
Energy - is it economically feasible to install a solar/wind/battery hybrid power station to supply the residents of St Neot and Warleggan? Is there a block of land of around 5 acres which could be freed up to house this? How do we get local people to accept this and not object? How do we get the county council to provide planning permission without having to carry out endless and expensive studies - particularly important if the scheme was to be in the AONB? Could we re-establish hydro power schemes that were used locally to power china clay workings? Can we get power onto the local WPD grid - this could be the most difficult aspect to achieve.
Biodiversity - How can we encourage local food production to be carried out in a way which encompasses biodiversity? If a renewable power station can be installed locally it should be specified to include the establishment of meadow flora below the solar panels, have hedging which encourages biodiversity and include bee hives, bird and bat boxes.
Housing - our housing stock is very poor in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability. How can we encourage the building of local 'passive' houses which are cheap enough for local young people to buy and run while fitting into the local environment?
Transport - this is very difficult given the terrain and road structure around St Neot/Warleggan. Could we however place weight and size restrictions on some roads to encourage the safe use of electric bikes? What would be the impact on local farmers? It seems madness that we have large buses being used for the school run trying to get along small lanes. If we install a renewable power plant could we establish an e-bike network with 'Boris Bikes' and charging points?
3. RE:IMAGINE THE HOUSEHOLD
Transport – by electric car or bike. Transport further afield by train. Air travel only if essential to distant continents.
Waste - eliminate non-recyclable plastics and similar.
- Compost all green waste.
- Re-use, recycle, repair.
Energy – buy electricity from renewable sources ( e.g. Ecotricity / Good Energy.
- Ensure that homes are fully insulated to their capacity.
- Eliminate fossil fuels.
Food - Grow your own and/ or buy locally as much as practicable.
Garden – eliminate the use of herbicides and pesticides.
- Garden organically.
- Promote biodiversity by planting hedges, trees, wildflowers.
- Minimise lawnmower use.
- Avoid strimmers if possible (they take a heavy toll on frogs, toads and many beneficial creatures, and no-one likes to splattered by frog)
RE:IMAGINE Ringing the bell
The church bell at Warleggan is rung 12 times every Sunday to remind us all that there are 12 years to get this right. We recognise that we cannot achieve this alone but need to join with other to make this happen. As a group we can:
Set an example
Set out in the appendices below are our actions
Appendix 1 Our plans for Cornwall
Influence Cornwall Council to build on the Climate Emergency Declaration by seeking to influence policy
RE:Generation St Neot and Warleggan invited to discussion to formulate policy
Reduce carbon emissions across Cornwall
To be agreed
Lobby the Environment Agency to allow water to be used for water turbine power generation
Lobby power suppliers to restructure the tariffs
Encourage the use of electric vehicles
Cross manufacturer electric car day?
Appendix 2 Our community projects
Our Community Projects to achieve carbon dioxide emission reduction are:
RE:Imagine St Neot RE:Imagine Warleggan Action Plan
Establish RE:Imagine St Neot and Warleggan
Call a meeting of like minded people in a public place
One vision and plan written
Approach parish council/parish meeting for support for Climate Emergency declaration
Attend Warleggan Parish meeting on
Raise with St Neot Parish Council on
Raise with St Cleer Parish Council on
Brand and describe our actions
Create a brand and leaflet describing what we want to do. Meet in public. Stand at local produce market
April - May 2019
One leaflet produced
Badge and logo designed
4 meetings held in pub to date
8 new members signed up
2 Newsletter articles published
Encourage household recycling and increase the rates within the communities
Make it an inter community competition?
Engage with the local officer
Making homes more energy efficient
Find land for self-build?
Tackling energy poverty
More local produce sold locally
Directory of food producers?
Encourage the Circular Economy
Directory of local businesses similar to news letter
Generate local power
Community power scheme
Sub-group formed to investigate feasibility of community energy scheme
Manage our public open spaces for wildlife and biodiversity
The parishes owns at least 100 acres of land in trust with no management plan to create greater biodiversity
Write a local guide for planning applicants
Information on passive solar gain etc
Community Engaging with the local school
Raising awareness and engaging with local school children
Our plans for
1. Reducing water use
Saving water buy using water butts.
Fixing leaky toilets
Create household pledges
2.Reduce household oil consumption
Messages sent out via oil purchasing ring
3. Garden demonstration ideas to encourage biodiversity
Demonstration plots, bug hotels, flower meadows
4. Households engaging with local school
Battery and crisp packet recycling?