The Steyning 10:10 Climate Action Group is a local initiative aimed at making a start in cutting carbon emissions right here in Steyning. We’re running a ‘Greening Campaign’ to get the whole community thinking about what we can do – and taking action so that together we can make a real difference. It is aimed at everyone in Steyning, Bramber, Upper Beeding and the surrounding area.
General Election Hustings Debate: 22 May
It’s election time again, again! We’re organising another of our very successful “BBC Question Time” style hustings debates for parliamentary candidates in the Arundel & South Downs Constituency. It will be covering the full set of election issues, so not just environment and climate change as previously. The line up will be:
Caroline Fife (Labour)
Frances Haigh (Lib Dem) – representing Shweta Kapadia
Nick Herbert (Conservative)
Jo Prior (Green)
John Wallace (UKIP)
Robin Hart, from Wilton Park Conference Centre, will be in the chair.
We’re running it in collaboration with Steyning Grammar School, so expect plenty of questions from up and coming voters. To get your question in, you need to arrive in good time and fill in a question form.
Venue: Steyning Grammar Drama Hall. Tickets cost £3 and can be bought from Steyning Bookshop, or online from: https://steyninghustings.eventbrite.co.uk Proceeds from ticket sales will be going to the school’s drama hall restoration fund.
Doors/bar open at 7.00pm. Questions submitted by 7.30pm. Debate runs from 8.00-9.00pm, with a chance to meet the candidates afterwards.
Fracking in Sussex: could it ever happen?
Plans to push ahead with fracking in the UK have been quietly moving ahead. North Yorkshire County Councillors have given a drill site in Rydale the go ahead, in the face of staunch local opposition. And there’s talk of sweetener payments to local residents becoming part of government policy. So could it really happen in Sussex? The map shows the areas that are already licenced in Sussex. You’ll see we’re only 7 miles from the nearest licenced sites in Storrington and just north of Partridge Green. So we’re certainly on the fracking radar.
Beki Adam, Ellie Wyatt and Jill Sutcliffe from local pressure group FrackFree Sussex gave an excellent talk at Green Drinks in September, laying out the
environmental and health hazards of fracking, and the casino economics behind the US fracking boom. To find out more about it, and sign up for updates, check out their website, which includes loads of useful resources and links to series of hard-hitting videos that really get the message across.
This video is one of the most striking (click on the image). It provides a Google Earth tour of Texas, showing the incredible number of fracking sites across the state. Just imagine Sussex being pock marked this way. It doesn’t bear thinking about.
Beginners Guide to Green Investment
To accompany the Special Seminar on Green Investment held on 30th November, we’ve produced a online ‘Beginners Guide’ to the subject that sets out some of main options and provides useful links to find out more.
Join us for Green Drinks
This is our regular informal get together to talk about matters green over a pint and a packet of crisps. It is the last Wednesday of most months. Often we have a speaker – and it’s usually at the Norfolk Arms on Church Street starting at 8.00pm. But the venue and start time can vary – we sometimes head for Steyning Cricket Club when we are expecting a bigger audience. So check the Events page to find out the latest.