The 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.
BEST is launching a Garden Share project this month. We’re basing it on a tried and tested, highly successful scheme running in Lancaster. We aim to find, match and introduce would-be growers to garden owners with gardens they cannot fully use. You can find out more on the Bentham Local Food website.
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.”
BEST members and Bentham residents please send us photos of nice views of Bentham that we can use as a background for this site. Whichever one we like best will be used for the site. Either include the picture in a post on here, or send it to Collette Austin by email.