Events in 2010
Climate Change Alleviation Projects (March)
Catherine Loy, Regional Co-ordinator of Christian Aid, spoke from first hand experience about her recent visit to these Christian-Aid supported projects in Mali and Burkina Faso.
Visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology (June)
Eleven of us set off on the train from Milton Keynes just after 9.00 on a beautiful summer morning for the journey to Machynlleth in the Welsh hills.
There was plenty to see at the Centre, which showcases buildings made of different types of energy-efficient materials, examples of renewable energy technologies, and the growing of fruit, vegetables, herbs, and salads, for the community who live and study there. The produce is also used in the café which serves visiting members of the public.
The Centre’s promotion of green and sustainable living also includes offering postgraduate courses and many one day and short residential courses. Publications include the influential report Zero Carbon Britain originally published in 2007 and revised in 2013.
This and an extensive range of other books are available for sale in the Centre’s gift and bookshop—some of us spent nearly an hour (and quite a bit of money!) there!
Harvest supper at the Well (September)
We arrived in time to have a walk around the Well’s gardens where a range of fruit and vegetables are grown. We then enjoyed a cooked meal utilizing the produce grown on site, and then listened to a talk about the crop rotation methods employed there.
Ethical Investment (November)
Mark Hoskin, managing partner of Holden and Partners, gave us a presentation about the different criteria companies use for screening investment funds and explained his own company’s rating system, the Runes Rating, which grades funds on the basis of their environmental focus.