Halloween Tree planting in Milborne Port!

Despite driving rain and high winds, Milborne Port climate and nature group succeeded in their ambitious target of planting 230 trees this weekend. Over the two days of intense planting our volunteers could be seen coming and going, grappling with spades, stakes, saplings and mud, sustained only by chocolate brownies and their vision of a just and sustainable future for all. The planting took place on the edge of Milborne Port’s spacious sports and recreation ground. The native trees selected were chosen for their natural resilience, and their value to a diverse array of wildlife.

Trees can lock up carbon for centuries, and have the potential to make a significant contribution in the fight against climate change. They also provide a habitat for thousands of species, prevent flooding, help provide us with clean air and water, and can even help protect our mental health. The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the living soils on which we depend all rest on nature’s economy. Increasing our tree cover is vital to restoring and maintaining nature’s health.

Government targets include planting 1.5 million trees by 2050, but we need to act long before then. MIlborne Port Climate and Nature Group will continue to act with urgency in addressing the crisis we all face. If you would like to help please contact us. Everyone’s contribution is welcome.

Milborne Port – Clean Heat

Milborne Port Climate and Nature Action

Milborne Port “Clean Heat” treat 

Thinking of making the switch to cleaner energy? Now’s a great time!

Discounts are available for Air Source Heat Pumps in Milborne Port

Air Source Heat Pumps = green, clean, efficient energy supply

For details contact:: milborneportclimateaction@gmail.com

The why…

Carbon emissions are a key factor in climate change with around 24% of UK greenhouse gas emissions coming from heating and powering homes. This means that replacing fossil fuel oil and gas boilers with low-carbon heating systems, such as Air Source Heat Pumps, is an important way to help tackle the escalating climate crisis.

Boris Johnson announced on 6th October that he will invest £160 million in wind power to ensure that everything using energy, electricity and power within our homes “will get its juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands”.

In its latest world economic outlook, the International Monetary Fund revealed that acting on climate change will actually help us deal with the recession and boost recovery from the pandemic. This is because ‘green’ jobs can be so much cheaper than heavily mechanized jobs such as building new roads. For example, a job in home insulation can be created for £59,000 which is far less than a road maintenance job, estimated by the government to be more than £250,000.

As well as lowering your carbon emissions, Air Source Heat Pumps help reduce air pollution. A comprehensive global review  in 2019 concluded that air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body. Globally, air pollution kills 7 million people per year, about 12% of ALL deaths, and the evidence is also clear that air pollution has a devastating impact on children’s health. Air Source Heat Pumps are a great way to getting cleaner air and a brilliant step in the right direction on climate.

Green Homes Grants

A homeowner or residential landlord can apply to the Green Homes Grant Team for a Green Homes Grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to their home, including installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide their home produces. The voucher must be redeemed and improvements completed by 31 March 2021. Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000 unless you, or someone in your household, receive certain benefits in which case you may be eligible for a voucher covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. The maximum value of the voucher is £10,000.

Full details from from the government website

“Installing an air source heat pump to heat our homes and water is a powerful way that we can make progress in reducing our community’s carbon emissions and shoulder responsibility for tackling the Climate Emergency”  Austin Fletcher.

Thank you

milborneportclimateaction@gmail.com  

Climate Strike Feb 14, 2020

The Milborne Port Climate and Nature Group joined with the local community in a well attended climate strike, outside of Milborne Port Town Hall. Despite governmental promises, the UK is off track to meet its future commitments in tackling climate change. We are calling for urgent action, and real, legally binding commitments from our government. Not in the future, but now. Until this happens the climate crisis can only intensify, and our movement will continue to grow.