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BHFoE will be taking part in the following upcoming events around the UK. If you are interested in volunteering with us, we always welcome people to come along and lend a hand for as long as you feel like, or just join the event and say hello! If you would like more information about any of these events, or would like take part, please email monicabhfoe@yahoo.co.uk, (add “to the attention of” the contact person named below):
  • Hassocks Garden Centre, April– Monica
  • SE Regional Gathering, London, 26 April – Carol
  • Energy Meeting,Pelham Tower, Brighton, B’ton Fringe, 17 May – Carol, Coo
  • Green Film Festival, Brighton, June – Carol,Coo
  • National Base Camp 13-15 June, Derbyshire – Chris
  • Hollingbury Woods Bee Bank clearance, June/July – Monica
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Seedy Sunday 2014

BHFoE had a stall at Seedy Sunday on the 2nd of February. The Brighton Corn Exchange’s hall was packed with exhibitors and visitors, so we attracted much interest for our current campaigns -as much as we had for our stall at the library which we kept going for a few weekdays.

We got 59 new cards signed to keep the momentum going for the Bee Cause.

Seedy Sunday 2014

Seedy Sunday 2014

11 cards were signed for councillors to oppose fracking (‘F is a dirty word’ campaign); this is good given that the card is only relevant to people living outside Brighton, as we are already ‘frack-free’. Then we collected 5 letters opposing exploratory drilling for gas/oil in the National Park at Fernhurst.

Some people took information away with them, so they may help/object online at home too. Many of our leaflets concerning energy issues went very quickly, as did those concerning bees.

So we can call this a success, and make sure we return next year! Thanks to all who helped.

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UKGF

The third annual UK Green Film Festival, sponsored by Friends of the Earth, will take place in venues across the UK from June 1st – 8th. The festival brings together the best films from around the world that have an environmental message at their core, as well as guest speakers from the world of film and the environmental movement.

The Brighton screenings will be held at Duke’s of Komedia on 1st, 2nd and 5th of June:

  • TRASHED – Saturday 1st, 3pm. Guest speaker: Cllr Jason Kitcat, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, Green City Councillor, Regency Ward
  • PEAK – Sunday 2nd, 3pm. Guest speaker: Peter Newell, Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex and Susannah Hagan, Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton.
  • MORE THAN HONEY – Weds 5th, 6.30PM. Guest speaker: Francis Ratnieks,  Laboratory of Apiculture & Social Insects (LASI)  School of Life Sciences,  University of Sussex.

Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth will have a stall at Komedia during the screenings where you can find information about our campaigns and membership, so drop by and say hello.

Come along, not to be missed!!
For more information and to buy tickets visit:

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BHFOE at bee bankThe creation of a new haven for bees began in January with a lot of hard work by volunteers from Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth (BHFOE) and Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods (FHBW).  Members from both groups lopped, sawed, dug and raked their way through the overgrown south facing bank in Hollingbury Woods to expose bare soil which some solitary bees love.

The site is one of 60 Jubilee ‘Bee Worlds’ springing up around the country as part of Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign.  The group are calling on the government to take bolder action to protect threatened bees in the UK.  More about the campaign can be found on Friends of the Earth’s website.

Monica Jennings, a member of BHFOE, said:

“We had great fun making this area a place that bees can call home. It may look like just a bare patch of soil but we will be doing more to attract solitary bees which are in decline. If anyone wants to help us please get in touch.”

90% of all bees are solitary and unlike honeybees and bumblebees, don’t live in colonies.  Like these other bees they are also important crop pollinators.  The UK has some 250 species of solitary bee, whereas we have only 24 species of bumblebees and one species of honeybee. Amongst the most common solitary bees in the UK are red mason bees, leafcutter bees and mining bees.

Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods is a group of volunteers who run work sessions once a month to look after these woods close to Fiveways / Ditchling Road.  See their website or Facebook page for more info.

For other info on BHFOE see our Facebook page.

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SAVE THE DIVA

THE OPERA GROUP & FRIENDS OF THE EARTH

present SAVE THE DIVA A NEW STREET OPERA music by Julian Philips words by Simon Christmas

DATE: 12 JUNE 2011

Venue: BRIGHTON CITY CENTRE SUNDAY

The Opera Group presents a new 10 minute street opera in collaboration with Friends of the Earth and the European Commission Representation in the UK. Loré Lixenburg mezzo soprano; Aidan Smith baritone; Jason Maverick street performer; Jon Roskilly trombone; Ian Watson accordion and Musical Director; Sasha Milavic Davies Director; Michelle Thomas Stage Manager

Save the Diva will be performed on the streets of five UK Cities over summer 2011. Find out more about The Opera Group at www.theoperagroup.co.uk

Performance venues and times in Brighton (tbc) – please check back here nearer the date

Performance 1 – 12.45 – at the Naked Bike Ride Meeting Point The Level NR Lewes Road BN1

Performance 2 – 13.45 – New Road, Brighton out side Theatre Royal

Performance 3 –  15.15 – King’s Arches on the seafront outside the Fishing Museum

Performance 4 – 16.30 – Jubilee Square outside the library

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BRIGHTON AND HOVE FRIENDS OF THE EARTH

 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

TUESDAY JUNE 7TH FROM 7.30 P.M.

BRIGHTHELM CENTRE: STANMER ROOM

http://www.brighthelm.org.uk/

With guest speaker Richard Dyer: Friends of the Earth National Transport Campaigner: “Travelling Towards a Low Carbon Future”

All comers very welcome.

For those who wish to join/re-join the group we will be offering a half-price membership on the night.

Please contact Callie – callie.lister@foe.co.uk or 07831 648 171 if you have any enquiries.

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Our City Our Future

 Missed the debate catch up with the web cast Press Release

‘Our city, our future’
Question Time panel to challenge city leaders
Residents urged to submit ideas for the future
March 5 | 3pm | The Basement | Kensington St | Brighton
Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth (BHFOE) is holding a Question Time style event, called „Our city, our future‟, 3pm, Saturday 5 March at the Basement in Kensington St, Brighton [2]. This is part of the Intelligent Energy Tour by Energy Union [1], coming to Brighton in March. BHFOE wants local residents to suggest ideas on how the city can minimise its impact on the environment [3]. The aim is to achieve consensus on what is possible and to get politicians to commit to take things forward.
Ideas can be left at the exhibition in the foyer of Jubilee Library in the week before the event on a large wall display. These will then help steer the debate or, even better, people can turn up on the Saturday and take part directly.
The city recently failed to achieve its target to reduce carbon emissions [4] while a new report from Friends of the Earth warns that politicians are acting too slowly in tackling climate change with potentially dangerous consequences [5]. Locally, there are strong concerns about local food production, waste and recycling, air quality and provision of green space.
The panel will be chaired by Roger French OBE DL, managing director of Brighton & Hove Buses and chair of the Brighton & Hove Strategic Partnership. Panel guests include:
 Councillor Ayas Fallon Khan (Conservative) Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Employment & Major Projects and Lead Councillor for Sustainability;
 Councillor Warren Morgan (Labour) Chair of the Environment & Community Safety Overview & Scrutiny Committee;
 Councillor Paul Steedman (Green) Greens’ spokesperson on sustainability issues;
 Diane Smith, responsible for Europe-wide projects on sustainable development at the Town & Country Planning Association, and;
 Becca Melhuish, Ethical & Environmental Officer at University of Sussex Students Union [6].
On the same day, the University of Sussex Green Week is being launched in Jubilee Square and BHFOE is working closely with the University and the Student‟s Union to link the two events together [7].
Chris Todd from Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth said:
“Time is fast running out. Despite all the talk and the many good initiatives in the city, we are not reducing our carbon emissions or our impact on the environment fast enough. We‟ve got to think more imaginatively and be bolder in our ambition. This event is hoping to kick-start the process by challenging the politicians to deliver. We need action and we need it now.
“This is our city, our future. We are all in it together so I would urge people to get themselves down to the library and leave their ideas for reducing our impact. Better still, come along to the Question Time style event on Saturday 5th March and have your say. With the elections in May, it is a good opportunity to make this issue a priority.”
Matt Black, from Coldcut, speaking about the Energy Union tour (and who is appearing at the Energy Union show at The Coalition, later that evening) said:
“The youth of the world have got the most to lose and to gain from sorting this out. It‟s down to you. It‟s fun, it‟s sexy and it‟s happening.”
– ENDS –
NOTE TO EDITORS:
1. Energy Union is a pan-European campaign tour supported by the European Commission to promote Intelligent Energy in an innovative way and has been organised to minimise its impact on the environment (see: http://www.energyunion.eu/ ).
After a successful tour in 2009 and 2010, with more than 20,000 visitors in 20 cities, The Energy Union Tour will visit Brighton for an impressive penultimate event. This will combine a daytime exhibition and discussion programme (‘Our City, Our Future’) from 1st – 5th March at the Jubilee Library in association with BHFOE, as well a highly anticipated show featuring Coldcut’s Matt Black (Ninja Tune) and the awesome Skrillex on his European debut tour on 5th March, 11pm – 4am @ Coalition, 171-181 Kings Road Arches, Brighton. Price for the evening show: Limited Advance £8; £10 advance; more on the door.
2. The Question Time style panel event starts at 3pm at The Basement, underneath the old Argus building in Kensington St. Entry is free and there will be free tea and coffee provided and there will be a chance to carry on debates and discussions in the bar area after the event.
3. It is the current Council administration’s ambition to become a low carbon city and in the city’s Sustainable Community Strategy there are challenging targets to reduce the city’s carbon emissions and its ecological footprint (its environmental impact) (see http://www.bandhsp.co.uk/index.cfm?request=c1222847 ).
4. Over the last 3 years the city has achieved a 6.12% decrease in emissions compared to its 12% target (set out in the Local Area Agreement). This is little different to the average cut in emissions nationally, despite Brighton & Hove being seen as a ‘green’ city.
5. The report, Reckless Gamblers, was published by Friends of the Earth in December 2010. It shows that the science suggests that it may no longer be safe or possible to restrict the earth’s temperature rise to 20C and highlights the fact that time for action is fast running out. Click here for more details
6. More detail about the panellists is available on request.
7. For more details on the University of Sussex Green Week click here:
Contacts:
For enquiries about the Question Time style event, please contact:
Chris Todd | ecochris.todd@gmail.com | 07889 302229
For all other press and PR enquiries (about Energy Union and the evening show), including interview requests, previews and reviews, please contact:
Francesca Glover | fran@frankpromotion.com | 07717 532810
For all Energy Union event and tour enquiries, please contact:
Mark Scarratt | mark@brightonart.co.uk | 07939 526669
For enquiries about the University of Sussex Green Week, please contact:
Biz Bliss | Operations Officer University of Sussex Students’ Union | operations@ussu.sussex.ac.uk | 01273 873353 | 07817479532

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