BEG Summer 2017 Newsletter

July 2017

Tobacco Factory Talks

It’s been a busy time for the Bedminster Energy with an event taking place every week since the Spring.  The series of talks in April and May started with Mukti Mitchell, Director at Cosy Homes and author of ‘A Guide to Low Carbon Lifestyles’.  Mukti gave us a fascinating insight into living a low carbon life, and how we can all make small positive changes to improve our carbon emissions.  In his final talk, ‘Calculating your Quality of Life’, Mukti explained how low carbon living can not only have a positive effect on the planet, but can also improve our well-being and quality of life by the choices we make with food, energy, transport, work, hobbies and travel which all have positive impacts on both our physical and mental health.

On the 23rd May we showed the very popular film, ‘Demain’ (Tomorrow) which was fully booked.  The film was an inspirational insight into how individuals and organisations across the globe are changing the way people think about climate change, and how we can influence behaviours.  It was great to see Bristol featured, leading the way in community growing schemes and local economy schemes – we also had Incredible Edibles (who were featured in the film) attending to answer any questions that the audience had.

During May and June there were a number of talks from different speakers, including;

Simon Proctor from Bristol Energy, talking about the role of renewables in the current energy market.

Nikki Jones, talking about divestment and how we can influence our banks and pension providers to invest in renewable energy schemes and sustainable energy programmes.

Film: “The Dash for Gas”, a look into the business of fracking and how detrimental it is to the environment and the renewable energy market.


BEG Sustainability Outing

On 23rd May, volunteers from the Bedminster Energy Group attended Edie Live! at the NEC in Birmingham.  The event features some of the leading sustainability companies across the UK, and had a number of talks from prominent organisations.  It was inspiring and encouraging to see such a diverse range of companies explaining their sustainability strategies, especially to see some big multinationals leading the way.


Energy Essentials Training

In May a group of BEG volunteers attended Energy Essentials training at the Centre for Sustainable Energy.  The course was highly enjoyable and covered everything from damp proofing your home, improving insulation and heating in the home and saving money by using energy wisely.


BEG’s First Ever AGM!!

Every month the volunteers from Bedminster Energy Group meet to discuss the projects we are doing.  The June meeting was very exciting as it was BEG’s first ever Annual General Meeting.  We had a number of new volunteers join us, who were very interested to help out.  Please feel free to come along to our next meeting (1st Tuesday of every month) where we will discuss how we are improving energy awareness and action in the area – new volunteers and new ideas are always welcome.


Summer Holidays

BEG will be taking a break from the talks for the Summer holidays during July and August, although our monthly meetings will still continue.  Please do check back to our website or Facebook page for details of talks starting from September.


Upcoming Events – BEG Calendar

Nikki Jones climate change and energy series
1930-2130 at Tobacco Factory (The Snug)

9th October - What is climate change?
16th October - Global energy trends
23rd October - UK energy, emissions and targets
30th October - Is nuclear the answer?
13th November - Film showing: Food, Inc.
20th November - Land use and climate change
27th November - The way forward