In January we are holding a meeting in the House of Lords on “Climate Change: Running Out Of Time” and we hope to develop some other events and activities around this.
Some of our members are developing projects to help reduce our carbon footprint and we would like to showcase these in some of our events and this webinar is the first occasion to do this.
Senake Atureliya, one of our members has spent 18 months working on ways in which packaging could be redesigned to tackle the root causes of climate change, pollution and the increased cost of living. Making just minor changes to items that we discard every day - such as plastic carrier bags or drinks bottles - could mean that they could be used as components lowering the cost of green energy generating solutions (wind/solar/tidal and wave energy, energy saving products (insulation and heat pumps) as well as other 'buy-forget-discard products
The project is now a petition on change.org and a crowdfund on Indiegogo which you can see at http://tinyurl.com/UltraLowCostGreenEnergy.
One area of research has been into oversized domestic wind turbines. Based upon packaging components that have far less inertia and cost far less than equivalent metal or composite equivalents, the units could work well in the slow and turbulent winds found in urban areas. I
As payback periods fall from 7+ years to under 12 months, uptake of packaging based wind turbines, hot water solar and heat pumps should ramp up fast as consumers clamour to reduce their soaring energy bills.
The pollution problem would also be addressed with less people wanting to discard their used packaging and when we are all on green energy, the packaging can be redesigned to create other products that we most need next...
Our gas and electricity bills have spiraled by an extortionate 37% in three years - 8x the average rate of earnings growth - to £1,315 per household per year. With the Labour Party having promised to cap prices if they are elected, this is one hot political topic.
The government have reacted by focusing on a shift back to focusing on fossil fuels (fracking for gas) and nuclear. Investors have followed with a shift away from green (wind, solar and wave power) alternatives.
But time is running out for us. Climate change and pollution are causing increasing occurrences of freak weather and natural disasters. Despite thousands perishing in the Phillipines typhoon, a cyclone in India, a tornado kicking off early in the US and Noah's Ark style flooding in Sardinia having all occurred in just the last few weeks, the impact on us directly has not yet proven severe and widespread enough to prioritise an en masse shift to green energy and pollution reduction.
If our own grandchildren and great grandchildren are to have a future, we need to find alternatives...and fast.
You Will Need To Pay Your Annual Subscription to Attend
Although membership of our site is free we do expect all those who attend our events to pay an annual subscription that covers attendance not just one meeting but also to the vast majority of our meetups and webinars for any one year. It also allows you to bring one guest free to every meeting or webinar.
If you are unable to pay online this way can you please let us know and we will make other arrangements. Also we never refuse membership to anyone who is unable to pay, so do please let us know if there are difficulties this way and you will still be able to join in.