It is really good that the leaders of Stroud District Council's cooperative alliance have issued a joint statement declaring a climate emergency. This follows the recent IPCC report which warned that we only have 12 years to take emergency action in order to prevent global warming greater than 1.5°C. Council leader Doina Cornell said: "A zero carbon district by 2030 is ambitious, and will need everyone not just politicians to be involved, but we owe it to the future to do this.

"Time is running out and we need to be bold and brave."

The sense of urgency has also been expressed by Extinction Rebellion, a growing group of environmental activists who are helping to raise awareness of this issue.

As individuals we can all make changes like using the car less and cycling or walking instead, changing to green energy suppliers, and reusing and recycling as much as possible. With the festive season approaching, think about having a greener Christmas. At Stroud Valleys Project we are working to support our community to do their bit. As a result we are increasing our range of refills so as well as laundry liquid, washing up liquid, fabric conditioner, liquid hand soap and multi-purpose sprays we are stocking shampoo, conditioner and toilet cleaner refills. We have also increased the range of recycling we can accept - so we are now Stroud Refilltaking biscuit and cake wrappers, plastic tooth brushes and toothpaste tubes and their packaging, cleaned and dried plastic pet dry food bags and wet pet food pouches, together with mobile phones, print cartridges, jewellery, old money and games consoles.

We have also joined the Refill scheme set up by Stroud Valleys Action on Plastic. The aim is to reduce plastic pollution at source by making it easier for people to reuse and refill their bottle with free tap water on the go. We are selling their metal water bottles, as you can see in this photo.

Coming up on Saturday 8 December 10am to 2pm we are running a Rag Rugging for Beginners workshop - which focuses on reusing old fabrics. At the workshop, you will get the opportunity to learn the ancient art of rag rugging. You will start to make a hessian backed seat cover, the cost is £15, booking and paying in advance is essential, contact Stroud Valleys Project on 01453 753358 more information on our website.

Clare Cotswold LifeIn the November 2018 edition of the Cotswold Life online magazine, you can read our chief executive Clare Mahdiyone's interview with their editor :

Cotswold Life interview with Clare Mahdiyone, CEO, Stroud Valleys Project

Pumpkins18resizeThe news was already worrying enough, but a new report from the world’s leading climate scientists has warned of catastrophic climate change unless global warming is limited to 1.5°C average global temperature above pre-industrial levels. The report finds that unless fundamental changes are made urgently across society, this level could be exceeded in as little as 12 years. 

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Calendar Sample PageWe had our second Stroud Swift Group meeting last night and I am so pleased there are lots of people like me who love the swifts! People have contacted us to let us know about nesting sites in Stroud, Nailsworth and Minchinhampton, and others who are doing building work and want some advice.

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Swift in nestI was very sad in May and June as the swifts did not arrive in my valley. I saw them around Stroud, but not in my garden where I love to see them swooping and screaming! To me the swifts signify the start of summer and it was a real relief when they arrived; this made me want to find out more about them.

 

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Will you be one of our 30 at 30?

 

30 at 30Stroud Valleys Project is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion we are seeking to grow a group of supporters to give regularly and help us offer even more to people and places in the community.

 

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Bats flyingThe cowslips and the bluebells are out - and by the time you read this the cows will be on the commons – a real sign of summer in this area. There are lots of events coming up that will give you a chance to see and enjoy some of the nature and wildlife in our area. The Festival of Nature starts at the end of May; the brochure, giving details of lots of nature based activities, will be available in the Farmers Market on Saturday.

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Urban green space – once it’s gone it’s gone

Sensory Garden.pegI was shocked to hear there are plans for another large building in Stratford Park to house Rush Skatepark. Although I think it would be good to keep the skatepark in Stroud, Stratford Park is already home to the Leisure Centre, outdoor swimming pool and the Museum in the Park. Surely we need to retain the green space we have?

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Swild daffodiltroud Valleys Project is 30 years old this year! I have been with the organisation for 12 years (I can’t believe it!) and we have seen so many changes with the times. We started in 1988 and I recently looked at the original letter sent out inviting people to the very first meeting to set up Stroud Valleys Project at the Sub Rooms. We plan to celebrate throughout the year and hope you will join us. We will be looking back over the last 30 years, and if you have any past memories of working with us, or photos you can share I would love to hear from you.

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Stuart Singers PhotoI love Christmas but about now I notice how much extra waste and recycling we have generated so I thought it would be good to think about a few Christmas recycling ideas to take us into a greener New Year.

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Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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