October 2020 Newsletter

Join Portsmouth Friends of the Earth’s campaign planning meeting on Monday 19 Octoberat 7pm online.

We’d love to hear your views on our campaigns:
* Climate Action
* Doubling Tree Cover
* Streets for People

Email pfoeinfo@gmail.com for the link and agenda.   

Portsmouth Transport News

The road along Canal Walk and Somers Road North junction has been closed to through traffic.  Connecting to Sydenham Terrace and the cycle route through the park to the North, this will make safer routes to local shops and the city centre.  Email your views to the council at EATF@portsmouthcc.gov.uk   

A new cycle route is proposed along Elm Grove and Kings Road in Southsea.  It aims to encourage new cyclists, to create a more welcoming environment for visitors and to support the growth of local businesses.  Have your say here (closing date 8 October).  It is important that the council receives positive feedback about this scheme if you want it to happen.  

Seafront Masterplan Consultation – Give the council your views on the plans for the seafront.  They’d particularly like to know what you think about the proposal to alter the use of a section on Avenue de Caen to prioritise cyclists and pedestrians.   

Community Car Club in Portsmouth.  If you wish to join use the code PORTSMOUTH10 to get the first year’s membership for £10 and get £10 credit.  You can also request a car near to your home or workplace here

Local Events.
Autumn Tree Identification for Beginners – Thursday 1 October 4-6pm.  Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust online course.  Booking essential: Cost £15

Portsmouth Green Drinks – Thursday 8 October at 7.30pm. Talk by Ben Marshall, Architectural Representative at Mosa Tiles which is the world’s first ceramice tile complany to gain Cradle to Cradle silver certification.

Portsmouth Community Workshop: Resources to Tackle Plastic Pollution.  – Friday 16 October 10-12:30.  The Environment Agency Plastics and Sustainability Team is hosting this workshop for local community groups and organisations. To book email: Plasticsandsustainability@environment-agency.gov.uk

The Future of Transport in Portsmouth –  Monday 19 October 7:30-9pm.  Join Greenpeace Portsmouth and local decision makers to discuss how we can move away from fossil fuels and onto a more sustainable and healthy path.


Safer Streets Webinar – Thursday 8 October 3-5pm.  Join in the discussion about children’s freedom to play outside and links between safer streets and climate justice with writer and environmentalist George Monbiot.   

Friends of the Earth
Sweeping Plans for the Planning System – Tuesday 29 September 6-7pm.  Join Friends of the Earth experts to find out about the government’s plans which would dramatically curtail your right to have your say on planning applications. 

The Campaign for Clean Air – Wednesday 30 September 7-7:45pm.  Learn about air pollution; why it’s a huge health issue and how we can campaign for a planet with clean air.

Trees Campaign – Wednesday 28 October at 6.30pm.  Hear about the latest campaign developments, ask questions and feed in your thoughts  on the future of this Friend’s of the Earth campaign.. 

National Events

Climate Action Week – 5-11 October This Autumn the government will be setting the national budget for the next four years.  It’s a crucial opportunity to implement a green and fair recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tell your MP one thing that you’d like to happen locally for a Green & Fair Recovery and keep an eye on the Portsmouth Friends of the Earth website and social media to find out what’s happening here  during this week of action.

One World Week: It’s Our World; Let’s Make it Better – 18 to 25 October.  It’s a chance to celebrate living in our shared world, learn more about the problems we all face and explore ideas about how we can make the world better. 

Costing the Earth – Fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working towards a greener planet.

How to Save the Planet podcast – how we can make our transport systems greener.  

Calls to Action!
Read The Path to Net Zero report by the Climate Assembly UK

Respond to the government’s Planning for the Future consultation

Find out how green your neighbourhood is!

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