Crop Swap Stalls – August and September 2014

During August and September, BEST members will once again be running Crop Swap Stalls, where you can swap your surplus home produce for something else, or if you haven’t anything to swap and simply want to take home some really fresh Bentham local food, you can make a donation to the Practical Action charity, to support a project using solar power to pump water in arid areas of East Africa. Click here for info about the project.

cropswapWhat might be on the Crop Swap Stalls?

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Herbs
  • Flowers
  • Preserves
  • Honey
  • Free-range eggs
  • Home baking

The stall will be on the Main Street near the Post Office, from 9.30 till 11.30 on the following Saturday mornings: 9th and 23rd August, and 6th and 20th September.

How can we all wake up to global sustainability issues?

Following the ‘The Burning Question’ launch and the Global Futures Workshop in March, Lancaster University Environment Centre invites you to the next in a series of events exploring “burning questions for global society”.

All are welcome to this event on Friday 27th September, 4-6 p.m. in the Environment Centre. It will focus on the psychological barriers to, and opportunities for behaviour change and political change.

There will be short presentations from:

  • Tom Ormerod, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Lancaster University,
  • Chris Hart reflecting on his experience as a hardened local activist
  • Mike Berners-Lee, co-author of The Burning Question.

Followed by 30mins Q&A + refreshments and chat.

Click here for more information.

Mike Berners-Lee launches new book in Lancaster

image_1365771206The Burning Question is this: how much oil, gas and coal can we safely burn without burning up the planet? Environmental scientist Mike Berners-Lee of Lancaster University has collaborated with Guardian journalist Duncan Clark to cut through the mountains of computer modelling, guesswork, jargon and misinformation, and provide a realistic answer. Which is? Well you’ll have to read the book, but in round terms, it’s not much, compared with the proven reserves.

That’s the easy bit; the answer raises much more difficult questions. Do we have the willpower to leave all that carbon cash buried in the ground for the sake of future generations? If we have, can developed and developing societies withstand the shock of going low-carbon? Could we have growth in a low-carbon world? Is growth a necessary ingredient of human progress anyway?  Is what’s good for us no longer good for our species? The Burning Question takes a dispassionate and ultimately optimistic look at all these issues.

‘Fascinating, important and highly recommended’.  Al Gore.

Click here for more info

Another successful Give and Take event!

March in Bentham wouldn’t be complete without the BEST Give and Take Day. By 10 o’clock last Saturday the Town Hall upstairs was crammed with things no longer wanted but too good to send to landfill, and there was a queue of people outside waiting to see what they could take home. The doors opened, and after 90 minutes of what looked like chaos, the process was almost complete, and it just remained for us to dispose of the relatively small amount of stuff left at the end. Thank you to everyone who Gave and Took, and to those who donated cash to help us cover the costs of the room and hard-working electrician Iain. As one visitor said: “So many smiley faces, either because they were getting rid of something they didn’t want, or because they’d found something they did. Great.”