What's coming up?
What does the green economy mean for Swindon?
Friday, November 29, 2013
Question Time-style event with Robert Buckland, Cllr Dale Heenan, Molly Scott Cato and Gary Mantle. Pilgrim Centre, 7:30 - 9pm
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Glue Pot at 5 Emlyn Square, SN1 5BP - look for the table with the Green Drinks sign!
SCAN's December meeting
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
7:30pm at the Savoy, top of Regent Street. SCAN's regular meeting for planning events and swapping news. Open to anyone who wants to get more active in our campaigns.
Local campaign news
Apple Day 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Photos and videos from this year's Apple Day
SCAN 2013 AGM
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
SCAN's 2013 AGM included a talk from Molly Scott Cato
Chris Rhodes - Swindon Festival of Literature
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Professor Chris Rhodes was the speaker at the SCAN event at this year's Swindon Festival of Literature
Greener Living Cycle Ride
Sunday, May 22, 2011
The First Swindon Greener Living Bike Ride was organised by Swindon Climate Action Network (SCAN) and Swindon Bicycle Users Group (BUG). See some videos here
Energy monitors available from libraries
Friday, July 16, 2010
A device that measures how much energy is being used in the home is now available to residents for free, thanks to Swindon Borough Council.
Save water and carbon
Friday, July 16, 2010
Join the new Save Water Swindon campaign to get help in saving water energy and money.
National and global campaign news
Support a strong energy bill
Thursday, March 7, 2013
We need MPs to make sure the Energy Bill includes a target to take the carbon out of our energy supply by 2030
Saturday, December 1, 2012
National climate march. Assemble 12 noon at Grosvenor Square, London (nearest tube stop is Bond Street).
National March for Climate Justice 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Photos and videos from this year's march and rally in London organised by Campaign against Climate Change.
Climate Friendly Bradford-on-Avon - embarking on an ambitious journey to become carbon neutral by 2050.
Climate-X - Oxfordshire Climate Exchange
Cricklade Climate Action Network (Facebook page)
Hab Oakus. Hab is Kevin McCloud's development company
HEAT - Hungerford Environmental Action Team
Lower Shaw Farm - venue for training courses, workshops, Swindon Literature Festival events and a few SCAN events too.
Pulse - workers' co-operative selling wholefoods, cleaning products and more to the environmentally conscious Swindonian since 1976.
Purton Ps and Qs. Working to build a sustainable community in Purton.
Refurbiz. A registered charity that aims to meet the demand for low cost electrical items for disadvantaged and low-income households by refurbishing unwanted electrical goods.
RSVP West Region. Climate change volunteering opportunities for the over-50s in the west country.
Swindon Bicycle Users Group - information on all things cycling in Swindon
Swindon Local Exchange Trading System. Trade goods and services without money and help build a sustainable community.
Wiltshire World Changers. Bringing together people and communities from across Wiltshire who are taking action to look after the environment, tackle climate change and protect wildlife.
'Informing people in Swindon and the surrounding areas about the problem of climate change and how to combat it.'
What does the green economy mean for Swindon?
New train links from Swindon
After many years of campaigning, it seems that the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership has final achieved success in bringing a useful new rail service to Wiltshire. From 8th December, First Great Western will be running 8 trains (5 on Sundays) each way between Swindon and Westbury, linking Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge, with connections onwards to Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth. This is a major improvement to the rail service between these towns and follows a funding arrangement with Wiltshire Council. Make good use of it and prove that there is a demand for improved rail services!
Further information from: http://www.twcrp.org.uk/
In addition, Robert Buckland, MP for Swindon South has called for a new railway station to be built at Sparcells/Moredon as part of the Swindon to Kemble railway re-doubling project which is now going ahead. SCAN has written to support this, why not add you voice too, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More bus service changes in Swindon
Following further cuts to financial support from Swindon Borough Council, more changes are being made to the services provided by Thamesdown Transport from October 27th. This means that there have been changes to most routes in the last two months. Bus services to Ashbury and Lambourn are to be provided by GoRide Bus. Routes around Wanborough have been changed. For more information, see:
Community-owned solar energy
Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy is a partnership between Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and Bath & West Community Energy. It is an independent community enterprise set up to develop, finance and operate community owned renewable energy projects on WWT sites. A share offer exceeded its target and now the project can go ahead without the need for bank loans to raise £1.2 million to fund WWCE's first project, the Chelworth Solar Array.
SCAN-sponsored event at Swindon Literature Festival
SCAN's literature festival event this year was a talk from Professor Chris Rhodes on the role of education in climate change, See a video of his talk and of the question & answer session afterwards.
Chasing Ice film show
SCAN and Swindon Film Society hosted a screening of James Balog's film Chasing Ice on 6th March. See the trailer from the film, some of the time-lapse photography from the Extreme Ice Survey project, and video of the largest glacier calving event ever captured on film. June 2013: now available on DVD!
Apple Day 2012
Apple Day is an annual celebration of the apple harvest, marked with a variety of events across the country. This year, Swindon Climate Action Network's local food campaign joined forces with Lower Shaw Farm for a local celebration. See a short film and photos from Apple Day.
Swindon Borough Council has been successful (September 2011) in achieving funding for Swindon Workplace Initiative for Transport (SWIFT). This plan intends to improve travel between West Swindon and the town centre for journeys to work. By working alongside the major emplyers in the town centre, car sharing will be encouraged and (much better!!) improvements will be made to the cycle routes. Part of the plan suggests that many people are unaware of the cycle route as it is 'off road' and therefore invisible to car drivers stuck in the traffic jams! More details at: http://www.swindon.gov.uk/ts/ts-sustainable/ts-sustainable-employer/Pages/ts-sustainable-employers-swift.aspx
This is definitely Good News from the Council, well done to those involved including our friends at Swindon BUG (Bicycle Users Group) and Sustrans!!! We look forward to the improvements.
Patrick Holden at Swindon Literature Festival 2011
What is the future of maintaining healthy food supplies for a growing world population against a background of climate change and resource depletion? Are we facing a food crisis? How should we respond? Are transition plans the answer? How can we work better at both global and local level? This was the subject of a talk by Patrick Holden hosted by SCAN as part of the Swindon Festival of Literature.
Patrick Holden, CBE, is an organic farmer and erstwhile director of the Soil Association. As well as running a productive and long-established 250-acre mixed hill farm, he has now established The Sustainable Food Trust, is a member of a government food security working group, and an advisor to the Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit.
The talk was followed by a Question and Answer session with an invited panel. Watch videos of the talk and the Q&A session here.
The Big Climate Connection comes to Swindon
12th November. At an event hosted by SCAN and Oxfam at Commonweal School, members of the public put their questions to one of Swindon's MPs and representatives of Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Chamber of Commerce and the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition. Read a report and see the videos here. A part of the Big Climate Connection.
Save Water Swindon
You have until 26th November NOW EXTENDED INDEFINITELY!! to sign up to SaveWaterSwindon.
28th June was the Swindon Cycle Festival, held at Lydiard Park. SCAN was present with a stall, as were Sustrans, MB Swindon and CTC, but the highlight of the day was the opportunity to try out all manner of pedal-powered vehicles.
Some of these were more practical than others!