earth day presentation

Here are the slides /presentation I have made, in different formats, to a number of groups recently, pulling on a number of sources relating to sustainability in the built environment.

uk earth day events update

A few earth day related events I am involved with or attending:

19th April

Lancashire Quakers Green Festival – Garstang,

21st April

Earth Day talk at UCLAN – Preston, for Built Environment Students

22nd April

Sustainability in the built environment – to zero and beyond. Second Life Earth Day presentation / debate 10pm UK time at the Public Works Sim. (joint meeting of numerous second life groups)

And if you are attending any Earth Day events – be sure to check out BYOBLue and wear blue

Also Paul Cortopassi posted about his school event in Scotland

Hi there! We are launching our new Eco-Schools programme specifically aimed at Secondary Schools on 22nd April at Scotland’s National Stadium, Hampden Park Glasgow. Over 150 pupils, teachers and education staff will be in attendance. Let’s get those teenagers environmentally active!

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On Earth Day 2008, 22nd April, Deepdale Farm North Norfolk will be hosting a whole range of eco friendly organisations for an Earth Day exhibition about the environment, including environmental technology installers, advisors, pressure groups and other related organisations.Whether you are looking for solar panels, wood chip boiler, LED lights, ground source heat pump, wind turbine, need some advice about how to green up your home or business, want to know more about organics or just fancy a look around Deepdale’s eco-friendly facilities, … check out the Deepdale web pages

If you are aware of any more UK based Earth Day events happening, please leave details in the comments below.

blue is the colour…

For those who have asked “why blue” for the Architecture 2030 No Coal campaign, here is the response from Peter over at BYOBlue:

Blue is for clear, clean skies without coal!

The genesis of this theme also comes from the Earth Day Network “Sky Petition” which Architecture 2030 collaborated on, demanding that (the US Congress):

1. Impose an immediate moratorium on the building of all new conventional coal-fired power plants, and require a phase out of 30 percent of existing coal plants by 2030.

2. Require that all utilities generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.

3. Require that all new buildings, renovations and developments immediately reduce fossil-fuel energy consumption by 50 percent, and that all new buildings become ‘carbon neutral’ by 2030.

4. Protect the poor and middle class from unfairly bearing the cost of solving the climate crisis.

(thanks Peter)

Meanwhile here in the UK, in Sundays Observer Climate Change special edited by Thom Yorke of Radiohead

  • Drax coal power station emits more CO2 than the 100 least industrialised countries – combined – (22.8 million tonnes annually)
  • Burning fossil fuels for electricity contributed one quarter of the worlds CO2 emissions
  • It was the closure of coal mines that enabled Britain to meet Kyoto reduction pledges
  • There is enough CO2 in coal to take us far beyond the danger level of creating a different planet ( James Hansen, Nasa)

Consider all this in the context of the built environment – the demand it places on energy from coal powered stations and the energy it wastes through poor design, construction, maintenance and the slow speed in which we seem to be moving to low carbon thinking …

uk earth day events

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On Earth Day 2008, 22nd April, Deepdale Farm North Norfolk will be hosting a whole range of eco friendly organisations for an Earth Day exhibition about the environment, including environmental technology installers, advisors, pressure groups and other related organisations.Whether you are looking for solar panels, wood chip boiler, LED lights, ground source heat pump, wind turbine, need some advice about how to green up your home or business, want to know more about organics or just fancy a look around Deepdale’s eco-friendly facilities, … check out the Deepdale web pages

If you are aware of any more UK based Earth Day events happening, please leave details in the comments below.

And if you are attending any Earth Day events – be sure to check out BYOBLue