Make do and Mend

Make do and Mend

Mending and repairing things we love or find useful is a hopeful and healing act. Sharing skills and stories, joy and hope are really powerful acts of community. We’re lucky to have a band of dedicated volunteers in Keynsham who hold a Repair Café the second Saturday...
The Big Plastic Count

The Big Plastic Count

How much plastic packaging do you throw away every week? I’ve been counting mine as part of the Big Plastic Count. The aim of the count is to create the UK’s biggest nationwide investigation into household plastic waste; to find out how much plastic is passing through...
Creating back garden habitats

Creating back garden habitats

Researchers from University College London recently found that our warming climate and intensive agriculture have a catastrophic effect on insect species. Their research showed that in areas with high-intensity agriculture and substantial climate warming, the number...
Engaging in peaceful protest is powerful

Engaging in peaceful protest is powerful

What does it take to bring about political and social change? Armed conflict or non-violent protest? At a well-attended Keynsham Extinction Rebellion event in February, a speaker told the audience that their aim is to get 3.5% of the UK’s population engaged in...
Let’s pick the right path

Let’s pick the right path

As the world faces multiple geopolitical and environmental shocks, most notably the awful war in Ukraine, humanity finds itself between a rock and a hard place. The rock is our reliance on Russian oil and gas (an acute crisis), and the hard place is climate change (a...