This page provides useful information brought up during the LIVE Debate that took place on Sunday 20th September via Zoom and YouTube. This Debate was presented as part of the Virtual Hurst Festival 2020.
To view a recording of the debate, click here to visit our YouTube channel.
Click the button below for all comments posted to YouTube during the live debate
Would you like to ‘Continue the Conversation’ and be involved in further discussions on the topics raised in the debate? Click the button below and fill out the online form. Information collected here will be used for further Eco activities/discussions within the local community.
See below for all the useful links – These suggestions are an amalgamation of those put forward by our panelists and made by the public, writing in the comments box on YouTube, in response to debate topics.
- Warmer Sussex is an alliance of expert advocates, advisers, designers and contractors that have worked for many years, seeking to make homes more comfortable, cheaper to run and less impactful on the planet. Cooperation is key. They can go out to homes and carry out a whole house survey recommending ways to save energy, save money and reduced the house’s carbon footprint.
- https://bigcleanswitch.org/sussexgreen/ Energy cost comparison and switching site
- https://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/adult-zone/ A guide giving 22 actions to reduce your carbon footprint.
- www.repaircafe.org/ Find your local repair cafe.
- Green Homes Grant vouchers (insulation, triple glazing, efficient boilers etc.) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme
- Hurst Meadows
- Woodland, Flora and Fauna Group
- Anyone who can help out at the new HKD repair cafe please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- BHESCo (Brighton and Hove Energy Services Cooperative): https://bhesco.co.uk/
- Make your money do good: https://www.ethex.org.uk/
- http://www.realjunkfoodbrighton.co.uk/ They intercept food waste destined for land fill and use it to feed people who need it, on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.
- Write to your WSCC representative to support the new Hurst – Hassocks cycle route: Joy Dennis for Hurst, Kirsty Lord for Hassocks (or check WSCC website). email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
- More information on electric cars: https://www.hkdtransition.org.uk/electric-cars
- Information on local food suppliers: https://www.hkdtransition.org.uk/really-local-food-directory
- West Sussex County Council group buying project for solar panels and battery storage – https://www.solartogether.co.uk/westsussex/home
- Wildlife gardening and general advice: https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/discover/in-your-garden
- Kids activities (video series) https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/discover/go-wild-at-home/activity-films
- Activity sheets: https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/discover/go-wild-at-home/activity-sheets
- A Beginner’s Guide to Butterflies (video series): https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/discover/go-wild-at-home/a-beginners-guide-to-butterflies
- A Beginner’s Guide to Dragonflies (video series): https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/discover/go-wild-at-home/a-beginners-guide-to-dragonflies-and-damselflies
- Guide to Birdsong (blog series): https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/discover/go-wild-at-home/bird-song
- Sign up for our weekly e-news via the website homepage (scroll down to see the blue box):https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/
- Sussex Wildlife Trust Nature Table (Facebook Group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/naturetable
- Housing blog highlighting proposed major reform of the planning system, with big impacts for Sussex: https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/news/planning-to-fail-wildlife
- Community Fridges – this explains about community fridges and how it differs to a food bank – https://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/talks-about-food-waste-and-local-food/
- Allotment Act – you can learn more here https://www.allotment-garden.org/allotment-information/allotment-history/,
Other Talks, Debates and Activities for your calendar:
- Green Homes Grant up to £5k talk – Tuesday 29th September 7-8pm. We are running a Horsham Future Forum (anyone can join us using Zoom free of charge, you do not have to live in Horsham) talk by Tom Bragg from Open Eco Homes and Cambridge Carbon Footprint about the imminent government Green Homes Grant offers homeowners and landlords up to £5,000, to cover two-thirds of the cost of many home energy improvements. Tom will explain and discuss the details, making a plan and applying for a grant, which could help you make significant home energy improvements. Book a free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/horsham-future-forum-green-home-grants-up-to-5k-available-tickets-114991007198
- Horsham Climate Cafe is on the first Saturday of every month 2-3.30pm using Zoom (we have people from all over the World joining us) to book a free ticket go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/sussex-green-livinghorsham-climate-cafe-30023845980. Forthcoming talks include: 3rd Oct talk – A New Story for Ourselves, Community and Humanity by Paul Hannam. 7th Nov talk – Should we stop flying by Anna Hughes, Director of Flight Free UK, will discuss with us the impact of aviation on the climate crisis. 5th Oct talk – Ben Cross from Crosslands Flower Nursery near Arundel will present to us ‘British Flowers Rock’, reducing your carbon footprint through the flowers you buy or do not buy!
- South Downs National Park and Sussex Green Living ‘Clean Up and Create’ eco art competition for 5-16 year olds (through schools, children’s groups or individually from home) deadline 30th October 16 x £150 to be won. https://www.southdownstrust.org.uk/clean-up/. Sussex Green Living are offering free virtual environmental lessons using our video and Zoom to support this art competition in schools. Contact Carrie Cort on email@example.com or 07768 212833 to find out more and book.