Our seventh mini-seminar was “Plastic Free in a Time of Covid”, Rachel Yates from Surfers Against Sewage hosted by Frances Sussex for Plastic Clever, a Transition Buxton initiative.

At a time when it seems we are drowning in a new sea of single-use plastic, how can we as communities and individuals continue our journey to reduce plastic pollution? Rachel Yates leads the national Plastic Free Communities movement at Surfers Against Sewage and will join us to unpack #Refill and #Reuse during Covid-19 and show how getting involved is key to a green recovery.

Our sixth mini seminar was on a similar theme to our previous one, “Diet in the Anthropocene” a second talk by Dr Terry Newholm

Our fifth mini seminar was ‘My Beef with Beef‘ presented by Carol Huff who is a local singer, pianist and calligrapher with a particular interest in living a meat-free life. She describes this talk as ‘Travels to sustainability via the kitchen‘ but it should be of interest even if you never cook.

If you want to be reminded of the recipe books and films mentioned in this talk please click here.

Our fourth mini-seminar was ‘Biodiversity in Buxton’ presented by Rachel Purchase from the Buxton Civic Association Biodiversity Group.

With its enviable location in the centre of the Peak District, large green areas, extensive woodlands, surrounding moorlands and proximity to the National Park Buxton ‘must’ have an enviable level of biodiversity – mustn’t it? Within the town’s environs we can see a huge range of species – can’t we? There’s nothing to worry about and no need to take action – surely? Find out where we stand at the moment, who gives a damn and what you might want to do around biodiversity.

Our third mini-seminar was ‘From Consumer Culture to Sustainability’ presented by Dr Terry Newholm.

Dr Newholm was co-author of The Ethical Consumer in 2005 and is currently Hon. Reader in Consumption Ethics at University of Manchester. He illustrated the complex challenge we face in trying to address climate change and species loss. One of his key areas of interest is in ethical consumption in a world where human activity is increasingly seen as having a detrimental effect on our environment.

Our second mini-seminar was People Powered Retrofit’ by Liam Schofield of the Carbon Coop in Manchester.

Liam spoke about a community-led project for improving comfort and lowering carbon in existing housing. The Carbon Coop take a bottom-up approach to retrofit. Instead of the top-down one-size-fits-all approach taken in some government initiatives, the Carbon coop looks at local needs and resources to build partnerships between households and local firms.

Our first mini-seminar was ‘What We Need To Do Now’ presented by Chris Goodall

This talk was based on Chris Goodall’s book which offers a set of solutions to each of the main challenges posed by global heating including energy supply, housing, food, clothing and manufacturing problem areas, such as cement and steel. It also looked briefly at the opportunities for direct capture of CO2 from air. To watch the video click below.