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.

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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