Sustainable Redland AGM 19 November

The Susredland AGM this year will be on Tues 19th Nov, 7.30, at Rob Haward’s house 7 Exeter Buildings. Drinks will be available.

We want as many as possible to come this year as the present officers are standing down and we need to elect a new Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. If you’d like to stand for any of these roles or nominate someone else to do so, please let me know in advance hamishwills@btinternet.com. And do remember how much we pride ourselves on the brevity of our formal AGM business. It’s always been less than 10 minutes.

We want to use the event to celebrate Susredland’s achievements over it’s eight years existence, and have invited a number of people to talk very briefly about different activities we’ve initiated or been involved with, such as the Farmers’ Market, BS6 Open Streets, the CRAG and Mapping projects and so on.

As our survival is dependent on looking forward we decided we wanted to increase the mailing list, streamline the website and make an accessible archive available for new members. We also wanted to look at the Monkey Survey study Roger carried out to see what it tell us.

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is just out, and it doesn’t make easy reading. One thing is clear though – people in power will do nothing to curb carbon output unless we the voters tell them, and this is where grassroots organisations like ours are essential. We spread the word, take initiatives, cajole, urge, set examples, push boundaries, inform, tell the truth and ask questions. It’s us who keep up the pressure, and to do so we have to keep ourselves involved, strong and active.

Susredland’s at an interesting new stage. The public are generally better informed about climate change than when it started eight years ago, but the obvious evidence about say car usage, the government’s dash for gas or increasing demand for flying suggests most prefer to remain in denial about the climate change effects of their behaviour. Better the devil you know. Our job is to keep up the pressure against this background above all through example, and keeping on doing the things we do in as many creative and imaginative ways as possible.

So…please come to the AGM, and bring a friend too.

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