Sustainable Crediton Newsletter Issue 98

As the year turns, there is a sense of a new consciousness abroad concerning the future of our planet. In Australia, school children are protesting at what they see as an inadequate response to climate change by their government. Their Prime Minister's response that 'what we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools' raises an interesting question about the learning value of activism.

At home, the widespread actions of the Extinction Rebellion movement have been little reported, but may be poised to take more centre stage in the year to come.

In Sweden, a fifteen year old schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg, is conducting a one person protest about climate change which is inspiring others across the globe.

It is heartening to see so many young people galvanised into action and no longer prepared to settle for warm words from our leaders. They surely deserve our respect and support.

Wishing everyone a joyous Christmas,

John Craythorne: on behalf of Sustainable Crediton


Dates for your Diary
10th December

Woodland and Hedgerow Work Party 12/2018

3rd January

Chatterbox social evening

19th January

Crediton Repair Cafe

22nd January

Crediton Garden Club: Developing a Community Garden

26th February

Crediton Garden Club: The National Gardens Scheme

Regular Events
In case you missed it...
12th November

Review of Woodland and Hedgerow Work Party 10/2018

Five of us attended on a beautiful mild autumnal morning. We continued as two groups on the new pat ...

26th November

Review of Woodland and Hedgerow Work Party 11/2018

"Sharp frost, dead still with light cloud, wintery sun breaking through. A select group of four tur ...

News Highlights

An Alternative to Cling Film?

CLING FILM is one of those hard to recycle plastics so here is a reusable product as an alternative. Bee's Wrap is a reusable food wrap available from Lakeland (and other sources) which can be reused in the kitchen. It is a sustainable alternative to cling film. ...

Can Small Acts of Kindness Change the World?

I often wonder what difference a single person can make in this world. It is easy to think what on earth is the use of my recycling stuff or not using single use plastic bottles when the likes of China and India are still building dozens of coal fired power plants every year. Just what is the point ...

Clothes Swap: 24 November

The clothes swap was a great success and a wonderful social occasion with delicious refreshments, lively chat and of course lots of clothes swapping. About 90 people attended even though it was a really wet day and people brought in nearly one thousand items of clothing! Hopefully everyone will hav ...

Climate Crisis

Please join the 20,000 people who have already signed this petition asking the government to declare a climate emergency, end fossil fuel use and build community resilience in the wake of the recent IPCC Report which warns that we have only 12 years left to limit climate change catastrophe. This ...

Sustainable Crediton and CredFest 2019

We are working on some ideas for Sustainable Crediton to hold an event (or even events!) at next year's Crediton Festival in June. So far, we are kicking around the following possibilities: Electric car information session in the market square; Information session/talk about planting fruit and n ...

An Anaerobic Digester for Crediton?

A planning application ref 18/01800/MFUL has been submitted to Mid Devon District Council for the construction of an on-farm anaerobic digestion plant and associated infrastructure on farmland east of Lords Meadow Industrial Estate in Crediton. This scheme replaces an application two years ago w ...

Plastic Fantastic Recycling: The Greenhouse

Depressed by the amount of plastic you can't avoid throwing away? Help is at hand at the Green House in the Square, Crediton. Here you will find a Plastic Fantastic collection box in which you can leave: Writing equipment (felt tips, biros etc); baby food pouches; ink cartridges; beauty and person ...

Cut Down Your Plastic Use Now!

With Christmas comes extra shopping and packaging. But traders in Crediton are helping everyone to cut down on plastic packaging. Stevie B's the bakers are now selling a number of items loose. Cereals, cake ingredients including dried fruit, cleaning products including washing powder are just a f ...

Join us on Facebook

As a means of communication, the newsletter is very much a one way street! To have your say and share your news, why not join us on Facebook? Only about a third of our membership currently follows us, so search for Sustainable Crediton and join the group. ...

A Devon Waldorf Salad Recipe

Devonshire russet apples (currently available from Four Seasons on the High Street,) with celery and walnuts are good in this famous salad. Don't peel the apples! Wash, quarter, and core the apples and cut into small chunks, add an equal amount of chopped celery, and coarsely chopped walnuts - to t ...

“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”

Anthony Robbins