November 2020 Newsletter

Join Portsmouth Friends of the Earth’s campaign planning online meeting on Monday 16 Novemberat 7pm.

Help progress our campaigns:
* Climate Action
* Doubling Tree Cover and Nature Everywhere
* Streets for People

Email for the link and agenda.   

Local News

Elm Grove and Kings Road Cycle Lanes – Segregated cycle lanes will be trialled for three weeks on these roads following support from residents but concerns from local businesses.  Parking suspensions were advertised from 21 October ahead of work to install the cycle lanes the following week.

Let’s Stop Aquind – this grassroots group opposes the planned Aquind interconnector route which aims to lay a huge electric cable from France to Lovedean for the following reasons:

* The public was not properly consulted.
* It threatens protected plant & wildlife species, green spaces, clean air, homes, businesses, allotments and community projects.
* There would be a huge disruption to an already traffic-leaden polluted city. 

Book a Gardening for Wildlife Consultation – Want to make your garden or patio wilder but need a bit of advice?  Request some help from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust free gardening service and be wilder today! 

New Home Energy Service – contact Portsmouth City Council to access efficiency schemes and renewable technology.  This new service, open to all Portsmouth residents will encourage a greater uptake of enery efficiency measures; lowering carbon emissions and energy bills as well as promoting the creation of low-carbon skills and employment in the area.  

Local Events.   

A Green and Fair Recovery virtual meeting – Tuesday 3 November at 7:30pm.  Fareham & Gosport Friends of the Earth invite you to join them to discuss your ideas and put them together into a vision for a thriving and sustainable community. 

Portsmouth Green Drinks – Thursday 12 November at 8pm.  Discuss Geology for the Future with Craig Storey & Nick Stoor from the University of Portsmouth.  Email for details. 

Portsmouth Tree Wardens tree planting28 November – 6 December.  As part of National Tree Week, join them to replace the DDay trees which didn’t survive the Summer at Port Solent.  Actual date to be finalised.    

National Events/ Consultations.

Tree Charter Festival Saturday 28 November 12:30 – 6pm Join the Woodland Trust for the biggest virtual celebration of woods and trees the UK has ever seen to celebrate the third anniversay of the launch of the Tree Charter. 

Highway Code Consultation – The government aims to make the roads safer for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.  The biggest change being proposed is that there will be the introduction of a hierarchy of road users putting walkers at the top.  Deadline Tuesday 27 October.

Pavement Parking Consultation  – Pavement parking can cause real problems for pedestrians, particularly for wheelchair users, people with visual users and those with prams or buggies.  Give the goverment your views on the proposed options for adressing this issue (deadline 22 November).

Calls to Action!

Help save Britain’s hedgehogs with ‘hedgehog highways

Tell the TCIG to extend the consultative period on the Petroleum Bill.

Tell the government to strengthen environmental and nature protections in law.

Ban the importation of dogs with cropped ears.

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