We look forward to the year ahead with mixed feelings. There is always anticipation but also uncertainty. The major issue is climate change.
In December the climate summit held in Madrid achieved little progress so was disappointing from the point of view of the most vulnerable nations. As they are small or uninfluential, their voices are weak, but they will suffer most from rising sea levels. They pointed out that the scientific reports from the Intergovernmental Panel show urgent action is needed. The onus is now on the UK to ensure progress at the next summit in Glasgow in November. It is necessary for those who press for action to substantiate their case and to show that any suggested remedy is not counter productive. It is equally right to ask those who are opposed to back their position with substantial evidence. It is fair to question the science, but factual research results cannot be dismissed, the risks are too great. We can ask our new government to give urgent consideration to the problem and to take the necessary action.
In addition, each one of us can play a part in reducing our impact on the environment. It helps to know the extent of our carbon footprint and how to minimise it. Those of us who use the internet can get guidance from footprint.wwf.org.uk. To act is a good start to the new year. It’s a big problem even so individually we can make a difference.
The work party on 4th January continued the management and restoration of the Fryern Lower Dell.
We next meet on 1st February again at 10.00am at Fryern Dell, this time at the pond by the waterfall, clearing invasive vegetation. All comers are invited to join in, gardening clothes and wellies advised, other equipment provided.
On 22nd February we have the Tea and Talk in the Village Hall at 2.00pm. Our speaker is Dianne Dodsworth WSCC/BIFFA Waste prevention in West Sussex, an introduction to waste treatment. All welcome to hear about this important subject. Entrance £3.50, refreshments included.
Have an enjoyable carbon reduced New Year.