Minutes from General Meeting on Tuesday 21th January

The meeting was attended by 9 people.  Attendees were Moira, Marion, Judy, Jonathan, Anthony, Derek , Karen, Inese and Julian.  The meeting was chaired by Jonathan.  Apologies were received from Andrea, Suzanne, Sophie and Anthony EM.  Attendees introduced themselves and Extinction Rebellion. The group focused on the following areas:

1- Protesting (first priority) 
2- Wellingborough Eco Group
3- Lobbying, social media and admin

1- Protest, our first priority!

At our protest meeting last Tuesday, our key focuses for action were decided to be:

Shell Protest in Northampton
  • Borough Council of Wellingborough (no climate emergency and no action)
  • Peter Bone and Westminster government (no action, opposed to climate action)
  • Shell (due to the nonsense that they are claiming to sell climate neutral fuels)

Anthony explained in detail about Shell and the group debated whether or not they are doing something positive or pulling the wool of people eyes.

Next ‘Protest Meeting’ Tuesday 28th January 11am.

We are co-hosting a Funeral March from BBC Northampton at 11am on Saturday, to Barclays, where a die in will take place. Four of the group said that they will go, and that they would take others to the event.

Other Activities

  • Peoples Assembly at the Green Back Yard, XR Peterborough 12-5 Saturday
  • Full Council Meeting at Borough Council of Wellingborough Tuesday 28th 7pm
  • Climate Strike 14th February

2- Wellingborough Eco Group

To do:

– Litter pick 10-12 on Saturday in Croyland Park, meeting at Kingsway car park.  Five people from the meeting committed to taking part in this activity, to set up from 9:30am

– Tree Planting – to plant more trees in Croyland Park after litter pick…

– Repair Café Saturday 8th February 9-12 Glamis Hall.

– Eco Map of Wellingborough, all to investigate local eco-friendly services.

– Future Events: Advice and Mutual Support on a monthly basis, ‘Talking Library’, leave your car at home day, air quality measuring, and a Climate Emergency Plan Event

Past activities:

January’s Repair Cafe

– Christmas Tree Recycling – 8 Christmas Trees planted, to be reused next year

– Repair Café on Saturday 12th January in Glamis Hall, 6 repairers fixed 20 items, plus Judy demonstrated eco cleaning products.  No donations taken this time, possibly no info table with a donations box and location of repairers on stage was the reason?

– Facebook Group now has 256 members (up 23 from two weeks ago)

Mutual support for members trying to achieve a zero carbon footprint was discussed

3- Lobbying, social media, admin and AOB:

Local Elections in May – Marion introduced this and the group discussed standing to be a councillor for town & unitary in May.  Marion proposed that she and a couple of others were looking at hosting an event to inform people about standing to be a local councilor.

– Facebook page, 150 up from 146 likes, 162/158 follows

– Twitter now set up @XRWboro, 312/292 followers

Your Views, Summary and End of Meeting:

– Everyone to talk about what they feel they have achieved from this meeting.

– The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 4th February at 7:30pm at the Queens Head.

Litter Picking – Wellingborough Eco Group

On Saturday 25th January, Wellingborough Eco Group will be litter picking in Croyland Park. We will be setting up from 9:30 in the public car park on the Kingsway, to litter pick between 10 and 12. Look out for our recycling station and for our yellow hi-vis vests.

Wellingborough Norse have kindly agreed to lend us the equipment and to collect the rubbish. We will of course recycle as much as we can.

Our monthly two hour tidy up this month is to litter pick one of the most used parks in Wellingborough, and we plan to carry out litter picks on the last Saturday of every month. Litter pickers this month decide where the next location will be next month.

Find our more about this and show that you are coming at https://www.facebook.com/events/2709830285779062/ To keep up to date with all of our activities join Wellingborough Eco Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wellingboroughecogroup

Join us to make Croyland Park tidier for the hundreds of people that enjoy the park, and a healthier place to live for wildlife too. All welcome!

Repair Cafe 2

Wellingborough Eco Group and Glamis Hall hosted our second Repair Cafe on Saturday, during the Indoor Car Boot Sale.

Our fabulous six fixers repaired 20 items, including a vacuum cleaner, sewing machine, walkman, CD player, buzz game, food mixer, solar light, lamp, drill, tablet, bicycle and clock.

Thank you to our repairers Ata, Chris, Dave, Jonathan, Simon and Xan for saving local people money and saving salvageable items from going to landfill. Thank you Judy for demonstrating how to make cleaning products from eco sources. Thank you also to Marion and Viv for helping. Thank you to Heather, Sarah and the whole team at Glamis Hall for hosting our Repair Cafe.

Here is a small selection of the photos that we took:

Our next Repair Cafe will be on Saturday 8th February, where we will have even more fixers to save you money and items from ending up in landfill!

General Meeting Minutes from 7th January 2020

1- Protesting (first priority) 
2- Wellingborough Eco Group
3- Lobbying, social media and admin

1- Protest, our first priority!

We had a group brain-storm about what are we, what are we doing and what is going to be our next protest/action? The group decided that we should cover Wellingborough and the surrounding areas, including Rushden and Higham Ferrers until they had set up a separate group.  Our key focuses for action were decided to be:

  • Borough Council of Wellingborough (no climate emergency and no action)
  • Peter Bone and Westminster government (no action, opposed to climate action)
  • Shell (due to the nonsense that they are claiming to sell climate neutral fuels)

Anthony has taken on the role of ‘Protest Coordinator’ and will set up a sub group to work on forthcoming protests.  Anthony is currently asking activists to contact him to set up and be part of this sub group.  Future activities will be proposed at the next meeting.  The whole group also looked at previous protests and at protests carried out by other XR groups in Northants.

Marion proposed that we work on a few initiatives, including:

  • A ‘Leave Your Car At Home Day’
  • Measuring air quality at across the town and borough
  • A Climate Emergency Plan Event.

Marion has taken on the role of ‘Events Coordinator’ for Extinction Rebellion Wellingborough for the above; also for a Solar Co-op event and for talking libraries for Wellingborough Eco Group (detailed below) Marion is currently asking activists to contact her to be part of a sub group to organise these events. 

2- Wellingborough Eco Group

We had a group brain-storm about what activities do everyone wanted to do this year.  Currently we are going to do the following activities:

  • Litter pick on Saturday 25th January in Croyland Park
  • Tree Planting – to plant more trees in Croyland Park after litter pick…
  • Repair Café on Saturday 12th January in Glamis Hall, 7 repairers booked in.
  • Christmas Tree recycling is being done now, 6 collected (4 planted) 3 more booked in to collect.  The idea is that we grow the trees, them give them away to charities next year.

Proposed activites:

  • Eco Map of Wellingborough, all to investigate local eco-friendly services, Jonathan to look at setting up a Google Map and website guide.
  • Hosting advice/mutual support sessions (proposed at last meeting) on how to reduce your carbon footprint, on a monthly basis, possibly at the library.
  • Tree Planting (proposed by Inese) Planting a copse in Croyland Park
  • A Solar Co-op event (proposed by Marion) looking at the possibility of setting one up in Wellingborough.
  • Talking Libraries (proposed by Marion) community events that get people from all age groups and communities talking to each other, sharing their knowledge and experiences.

‘Wellingborough Eco Group’ Facebook Group now has 233 members (up 17 from four weeks ago)

Mutual support for members trying to achieve a zero carbon footprint was discussed.

3- Lobbying, social media and admin:

  • Facebook page, 150 up from 146 likes, 162/158 follows
  • Twitter now set up @XRWboro, 312/292 followers

Judy has taken over the cash tin, and will now act as out treasurer.  All future expenses and donations will go through her.  A donation of £34 will be given to Glamis Hall on Saturday from November’s Repair Café.  With the exception of Wellingborough Hustings, all other expenses have now been paid.

Your Views, Summary and End of Meeting:


Everyone talked about what they felt they have achieved from this meeting.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 21st January at 7:30pm at the Queen’s Head on Broad Green, everyone is welcome.


(Minutes from previous meetings can be viewed on out minutes page.)

9 Things You Can Do About Climate Change in 2020

Using your voice as a consumer, a customer, a member of the electorate and an active citizen, will lead to changes on a much grander scale.

“Use your voice, use your vote, use your choice” Al Gore

1. Make your voice heard by those in power 

Take action locally with Extinction Rebellion Wellingborough

Tell your Member of Parliament, local councillors and city mayors that you think action on climate change is important.

A prosperous future for the United Kingdom depends on their decisions about the environment, green spaces, roads, cycling infrastructure, waste and recycling, air quality and energy efficient homes.

Ultimately, steps to reduce carbon emissions will have a positive impact on other local issues, like improving air quality and public health, creating jobs and reducing inequality. 

What can I do?

Find out who your MP is, and the best way to contact them

This briefing paper and animation highlight the co-benefits of climate action, and why it is particularly relevant for decision-makers in cities and devolved regions. Share it with your local MP.

Join a social movement or campaign that focuses on environmental activities or gets everyone talking about climate change action, such as the Youth Strike 4 Climate or Extinction Rebellion.

Join Extinction Rebellion Wellingborough! Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, and come to local meetings every other Tuesday at the Queens Head on Broad Green, Wellingborough.

2. Eat less meat and dairy

Avoiding meat and dairy products is one of the biggest ways to reduce your environmental impact on the planet. Studies suggest that a high-fibre, plant-based diet is also better for your health – so it can be a win-win.  

Try to choose fresh, seasonal produce that is grown locally to help reduce the carbon emissions from transportation, preservation and prolonged refrigeration.

Find out more

Join local vegetarian and vegan groups like Northants Veggies and Vegans

Try Vegan this January

Take the Veganuary pledge, they have inspired and supported more than half a million people in 178 countries to try vegan for January!

TAKE THE PLEDGE

LEARN MORE

For more details on how eating a more plant-based, seasonal diet can help tackle climate change, support the local economy and help us to live healthier lives, check out Imperial College’s blog: Saving the planet, one meal at a time

3. Cut back on flying

If you need to fly for work, consider using video-conferencing instead. For trips in the same country or continent, take the train or bus.

Find out more

Myclimate compares the carbon emissions of your particular flight, with the maximum amount of carbon dioxide a person should produce per year in order to halt climate change, and the average amount an EU citizen produces each year. It makes for sobering reading. 

Did you know?

Transport has become the largest emitting sector of the UK economy, accounting for 28% of UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2017. 

4. Leave the car at home

Instead of getting in the car, walk or cycle – and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits, and the money saved. For longer journeys, use public transport, or try car sharing schemes.

Not only do cars contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, but air pollution caused by exhaust fumes from traffic poses a serious threat to public health. It has been shown to affect the health of unborn babies and increase the risk of dementia.

Furthermore, Imperial College research shows that poor air quality in the capital leads to around 1,000 London hospital admissions for asthma and serious lung conditions every year, and that air pollution in the United States is associated with 30,000 deaths and reduced life expectancy.

Clean Air Day is on 18 June 2020 – how are you going to get involved?

5. Reduce your energy use, and bills

Small changes to your behaviour at home will help you use less energy, cutting your carbon footprint and your energy bills:

Put on an extra layer and turn down the heating a degree or two.

Turn off lights and appliances when you don’t need them.

Replace light bulbs with LEDs or other low-energy lights.

Make simple changes to how you use hot water, like buying a water-efficient shower head.

Go further

Make sure your home is energy efficient. Check the building has proper insulation, and consider draught-proofing windows and doors. If you are in rented accommodation, lobby your landlord to make sure the property is energy efficient.

Switching energy supply to a green tariff is a great way to invest in renewable energy sources – and could save you money on bills too.

6. Respect and protect green spaces

Green spaces, such as parks, allotments and gardens, are important. They absorb carbon dioxide and are associated with lower levels of air pollution.

They help to regulate temperature by cooling overheated urban areas, can reduce flood risk by absorbing surface rainwater and can provide important habitats for a wide variety of insects, animals, birds and amphibians.

They also provide multiple benefits to public health, with studies linking green space to reduced levels of stress. 

What can I do?

Litter Picking in Wellingborough

Join Wellingborough Eco Group, and get involved locally in activities that help the environment locally, including Litter Picking, Repair Cafes and Tree Recycling.

Plant trees. The Woodland Trust are aiming to plant 64 million trees over the next 10 years – and need your help. Whether you want to plant a single tree in your garden, or a whole wood, they have tools and resources to help.

Create your own green space. Add pot plants to your window sill or balcony, and if you have your own outdoor space, don’t replace the grass with paving or artificial turf.

Help to protect and conserve green spaces like local parks, ponds or community gardens. Organisations like Fields In Trust and the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces have advice and resources on how you can get involved in areas local to you. 

Check out TCV. If you don’t have direct access to open spaces, this community volunteering charity brings people together to connect to nature, and create healthier and happier communities. 

7. Invest your money responsibly

Find out where your money goes. Voice your concerns about responsible investment by writing to your bank or pension provider, and ask if you can opt out of funds investing in fossil fuels.

There are also a number of ‘ethical banks’ you can investigate. 

8. Cut consumption – and waste

Everything we use as consumers has a carbon footprint.

Avoid single-use items and fast fashion, and try not to buy more than you need.

Shop around for second-hand or quality items that last a long time.

Put your purchasing power to good use by choosing brands that align with your new green aspirations. 

Try to minimise waste

Repair Cafe at Glamis Hall, Wellingborough

Repair and reuse – for help locally, find out more about our Repair Cafes

Give unwanted items a new life by donating them to charity or selling them on.

Avoid wasting food.

Shop locally and avoid using online retailers unless they are committed to reducing packaging.

Let brands know if you think they are using too much packaging – some will take customer feedback seriously.

9. Talk about the changes you make

Conversations are a great way to spread big ideas.

As you make these positive changes to reduce your environmental impact, share your experience with your family, friends, customers and clients. Don’t be a bore or confrontational. Instead, talk positively, and be honest about the ups and downs.

*This blog post has been adapted (and added to) from a web page by The Grantham Institute at Imperial College London. Links are either to their content, to our output or to other organisations that we recommend.

Happy New Year 💚

Wellingborough Hustings

Glamis Hall and members from Extinction Rebellion Wellingborough organised an event during this year’s General Election campaign to give local people the opportunity to meet the candidates and to ask them questions about their views and policies on issues that matter to them.

The event was called ‘Wellingborough Hustings’ and it took place on Thursday 5th December at 7:30pm in Glamis Hall, Goldsmith Road, Wellingborough NN8 3RU.

We have been covering the General Election 2019 on this website. The links for the candidates go to their Climate Election profile. The candidates for the General Election on Thursday 12 December 2019 in the Wellingborough constituency are:

Suzanna Austin – Liberal Democrats

Peter Bone – Conservative Party

Marion Turner-Hawes – Green Party

Andrea Watts – Labour Party

Three out of the four candidates attended. Unfortunately the Conservative candidate, Peter Bone, refused to reply to our invites and then told us in his office that he would not attend because Extinction Rebellion were involved.

You can watch Wellingborough Hustings in full below:

Wellingborough Hustings at Glamis Hall (recorded by Simon Turner)

A report in The Northants Telegraph, titled ‘Boneless Hustings in Wellingborough’ stated ‘despite the absence of the Conservative who will be defending a 12,460 majority, there was plenty of meat on the bone to the hustings as the female candidates gave their views on the issue most concerning Wellingborough people.’

‘Rail services, homelessness, hate crime, and of course Brexit were the topics of questioning put forward by the audience at Glamis Hall.’ The article can be read in full on their website.

We would like to say thank you for a great hustings to the candidates that took part, you all showed that you are an excellent alternative to the other candidate that didn’t come. Thank you to the audience who joined in and made the hustings work, and of course a massive thank you Heather Saunders and Glamis Hall for all your hard work and for hosting the hustings.

To find out more about Wellingborough Hustings visit their website at https://wellingboroughhustings.wordpress.com

Litter Picking Queensway Park

This morning Wellingborough Eco Group litter picked Queensway Park between 10 and 12. This was our third monthly two hour tidy up and as usual it was on the last Saturday of the month. Our recycling station was based in Glamis Hall’s car park..

Two van loads of rubbish collected by our litter pickers today. Well done to all 16 of our Litter Heroes! Thank you to Sheila, Anthony L, Beth, Adam, Andrea, Suzanne, Sophie, Anthony EM, Elizabeth, Marion, Lucy, Jane, Nyall, Emma, Jonathan and Billy.

We also planted an Oak tree in the park afterwards, for the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback! The location for the tree was chosen by Sheila, who lives nearby. She can see this tree from her house and hopes that it will thrive next to the brook that runs through the park.

For more information see our Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2403240613337663/?ti=cl

Litter Picking – Wellingborough Eco Group

This Saturday morning 30th November Wellingborough Eco Group will be litter picking in Queensway Park. We will be setting up from 9:30 in Glamis Hall’s car park to litter pick between 10 and 12. Look out for our recycling station and for our yellow hi-vis vests.

Wellingborough Norse have kindly agreed to lend us the equipment and to collect the rubbish. We will of course recycle as much as we can.

Our monthly two hour tidy up this month is to litter pick this well used park in Wellingborough, and we plan to carry out litter picks on the last Saturday of every month, except December. Litter pickers this month decide where the next location will be next month.

Join us to make Queensway Park tidier for the hundreds of people that walk through and a healthier place to live for wildlife too. All welcome!

To keep up to date with all of our activities join Wellingborough Eco Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wellingboroughecogroup

Wellingborough Hustings

Further to our coverage of the General Election that is asking candidates to commit to our demands and for environmental statements; we are helping to organise a hustings event in Wellingborough.

We are doing this to give local people have the opportunity to meet the candidates and to ask them questions about their views and policies on issues that matter to them. We will also make sure that candidates are questioned about the Climate Crisis..

The event is called ‘Wellingborough Hustings’ and it takes place on Thursday 5th December at 7:30pm in Glamis Hall, Goldsmith Road, Wellingborough.

Questions for the event are to be submitted before the event, by email to heather@glamishall.org.uk. Please do send your questions to make our hustings about the issues that you care about.

Extinction Rebellion Stall at Northants Vegan Fair

Northants Vegan Fair

We held a stall on Sunday at Northants Vegan Fair and invited everyone to could come and have a chat about Extinction Rebellion.

Our stall was at the event hosted by Animals in Need in Little Irchester, from 12 till 4.

It was great talking to everyone about our protests locally, Wellingborough Eco Group and about the recent International Rebellion in London. There was lots of interest from people, including some from Ware in Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.

Lots of great food stalls were also there

Obviously most came for the food, but it’s good to see Vegans are really aware of what we are doing and why we are protesting, with most supporting us, some pledging to join us on future actions and a few joining our eco group.

Emma, who helped on our stall, said: “It was a really interesting day, with lots of like minded people, and lots of lovely food”

Thank you Emma, Judy, Jane and Billy for helping on the stall. Great also to see Sophie and Anthony from our group and Dez and Charlotte from XR Kettering.

Animals in Need

And of course we were at the wonderful Animals in Need, where many people came to see the animals and adopted a few. They also raised a fabulous £3,640 for the animals in their care! You can find out more about them at www.animals-in-need.org