Wycombe Friends of the Earth

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Friends of

the Earth

Welcome to Wycombe Friends of the Earth

Notice Board

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday the 7th of November at 7:30 pm. Location

Green Living – Tip of the Month for October 2018

Create a garden pile
Now’s a good time to prepare for wildlife that might come and hibernate in your garden over the winter, such as frogs and hedgehogs. Put an uneven pile of logs in a quiet corner, for small animals to get cosy. Even a pile of stones will offer shelter to a range of insects and spiders.

October 2018

A Plastic Ocean
Wycombe Friends of the Earth is showing “A Plastic Ocean“, a hard hitting and informative film about plastic pollution and the damage it is doing to our oceans, wildlife and health. The full-length film will be screened on Tuesday 20th November 7:30pm at Friends Meeting House, 25 London Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1BJ. All welcome. Nearby parking (free from 7pm) is available in the car park behind the United Reformed Church. Admission is free, but we would welcome donations to help cover costs.  See our Poster

Thames Water
Thames Water currently has an initiative whereby you can order free devices to reduce your water usage and therefore, if you are on a meter, your water bills. Available, are shower and tap water saving devices, ‘save-a-flush’ and shower timer devices. Some addresses are being offered a visit to help reduce water usage as well as obtaining the above devices – they may be rolling this out around the district in batches. More here: https://watersavingdevices.thameswater.co.uk/Product

September 2018

Pann Mill Stall 

On Sunday 16th September, we had a successful stall at Pann Mill Open Day, (Our thanks to High Wycombe Society for organising the event.)

Plastic Free Picnic

Also on Sunday the 16th, we had our Plastic Free Picnic. This was a fun community event on the Rye which supported a reduced plastic future by making a picnic as plastic free as possible. a good time was had by both adults and children.

June 2018

As part of our general campaigning, we have recently submitted letters to the local press and were successful in getting them published. (June 14th 2018)

May 2018

Plastics – Looking for the positives

April 2018

Living without plastics

 

February 2018

Greenpeace Presentation

Wycombe Friends of the Earth hosted a public presentation by Julia Spragg of Oxford Greenpeace.

We thank Julia for her excellent and interesting talk on “Rainbow Warriors and Creative Confrontation“. The talk covered Greenpeace’s approach to campaigning, past and current campaigns – in particular for the defence of the Antarctic ocean and wildlife. There were many excellent questions raised by the attendees, and much thought-provoking discussion ensued, all in all, a very worthwhile evening.

Thanks again to Julia.

February 2018

Politicon 2018

Three WFoE members attended ‘Politicon’ on behalf of Wycombe Friends of the Earth.
Politicon is an event at John Hampden Grammar School in High Wycombe, on 8th February 2018 inviting local political parties and organisations to showcase their activities for local sixth form pupils.
The event was well attended and a member of WFoE, made a comment about jobs, climate change and renewables during the discussion in the last part of the evening.

Wycombe Friends of the Earth at Politicon 2018

 
October 2017

Think Climate – Global Climate Day of Action 

On October the 14th the people of High Wycombe were urged to Think Climate 
by a series of banners placed around the town.

– Here’s what you can do to Think Climate –

Pictures of the event from around Wycombe town – October 2017

The people of High Wycombe were urged to Think Climate by a series of banners placed around the town, as Wycombe Friends of the Earth’s contribution to a global Day of Action. 

October 2017

Report on Wycombe Friends of the Earth talk on Veganism 4th October 2017

The Vegan talk during the WFoE meeting was well attended. The room was comfortably full with an audience of about 28 plus 2 presenters (Haz and Charmaine).  WFoE co-coordinator Mike Chadwick chaired the business part of the meeting, which was soon followed by the Vegan presentation and a lively discussion. Vegan food/drink samples were offered after the discussion.

If you weren’t able to attend, note that Vegan substitutes (e.g. almond or oat milk) are available in most large supermarkets.
Do try these at least once!

To stay in touch with future Vegan events in High Wycombe follow @earthlingsexperiencehw on Facebook or ask Nigel, an activist running the Animal support / Vegan stall in the Eden Centre opposite Tesco (Fridays 12-3pm, ish).

June 2017

Raising awareness of air quality issues at our stall in High Wycombe on Saturday 1st of July

FoE Campaigners, promote the importance of clean air.

At least one of the passers-by got the message!

Passers-by joined the call for action to improve Wycombe’s air quality at Wycombe Friends of the Earth’s recent town centre stall.

Bad air quality, chiefly arising from traffic fumes, is thought to cause 40,000 premature deaths in the UK every year. It is also thought that air pollution stunts the development of children’s lungs, leading to problems in later life.

Official figures, along with recent short-term monitoring by the group, show that nitrogen dioxide levels exceed the legal target on many of the main roads in and around High Wycombe and Marlow.

Friends of the Earth is thus calling on government to take urgent and effective action to clean up our air, including the phasing out of the dirtiest diesel vehicles.

Mike Chadwick, Joint Coordinator of Wycombe Friends of the Earth, said that “our conversations at the stall clearly showed this is an issue that concerns and affects many local people, and the cards to MPs that were signed at the stall, will help get this message across.

DEFRA Air Quality Plan, Consultation Link
As part of our current clean air campaign, we have produced a Quick Guide for self-help.
Children with nothing to do? – then see our Junior FoE page for ideas.

May 2017

Our Pann Mill Stall in High Wycombe on Sunday 14th May 2017

Preparation of the stall

Discussing the importance of Air Quality






Clean Air update – May 2017
Latest News on the Air Quality Plan at National FoE  
National FoE Air Quality Briefing PDF
See our Air Quality Poster. 

April 2017

Wycombe Friends of the Earth has warned South Bucks to not be “complacent” about pollution levels on a busy High Wycombe road. See the BFP article.

October 2017
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Clean Air
We are currently arranging a meeting with Wycombe District Council, in order discuss air pollution in the Wycombe area, and the way in which it is measured.
As part of our clean air campaign, we have produced a Quick Guide, for self-help.

June 2016

Revive the Wye
During our June meeting, we had a superb presentation from a member of Revive the Wye, We were truly impressed by the amount of great work that has been achieved. Find out more here. If you have time please try to support this local cause.

revive the wye 2016

March 2016

Film Screening
On March the 23rd March WFoE screened a public viewing of the Naomi Kline film “This changes everything
The evening was deemed a great success, with the venue being almost full to capacity.
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November 2015

People’s March for Climate
A number of members of Wycombe Friends of the Earth travelled by train to join thousands of marchers at this London event on the 29th of November 2015. This was ahead of the Climate Change Talks in Paris which we hope will produce a positive outcome for our beautiful planet.
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June 2015

London Climate Mass Lobby – 17th June 2015

Members of Wycombe Friends of the Earth, along with others from Wycombe and Beaconsfield, attended the Climate Mass Lobby on 17th June in London. Approaching 10,000 constituents took part in the event to meet MPs outside Westminster in what is
thought to be the biggest ever UK lobby on climate change.

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Climate-Lobby2-2015 The event was organised by the Climate Coalition, a group of charities, unions and faith groups. The whole day was well planned and managed. It maintained a very happy atmosphere and was well attended. Most importantly over 300 MPs were lobbied!

More information from National FoE.

May 2015

Pan Mill Open Day May 2015
To help promote our Bee Campaign, Wycombe Friends of the Earth ran a stall at the Pann Mill Open Day in High Wycombe on 10th May 2015.
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Promoting
our Bee campaign at Pann Mill in May 2015

 

It was a pleasant day in the beautiful Pann Mill garden with the water mill turning and grinding wheat. We talked to people about the importance of bees and encouraged bee friendly garden planting or, even easier, leaving a patch of garden to ‘run to weed’!
We sold some plants, had ‘bee biscuits’ available, and also distributed copies of our updated, beautifully illustrated, 2015 bee leaflet that gives information about bees and local walks, as well as craft activities for primary aged children. If you would like a leaflet, you can view and download the leaflet below.
Alternatively, there are leaflets available at Arts4every1 in Desborough Road, High Wycombe, Wycombe Environment Centre and also at High Wycombe library.
Let us all bee friendly!

 

April 2015

Junior WFoE
See our Junior “FoE” Page here

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The Bee Cause
Part of our support for the Friends of the Earth “Bee Cause” campaign.
Download our 2015  (now 2016!) fun leaflet on:
Bee related facts & activities in the Wycombe area.
Why not make a “Bee Hotel” to help our little friends.
Instructions written by one of our Wycombe FOE members
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Bee Friendly Plants
See our list of Bee Friendly Plants by month of flowering.
More Than Honey
A documentary about the disappearance of Bees.
 
MARINETmarinet
Wycombe Friends of the Earth became part of the Marinet campaigning group, because we are concerned about the multiple threats to Britain’s marine environment, and we support the urgent need to create an effective network of marine protected areas. WFOE continue to support Marinet in this important cause.
Link to Marinet