Welsh Rock Exhibition 19th November – 22nd December

This winter, the Environment Centre will be hosting a stunning new exhibition featuring paintings and sketches by local artist, Val Godwin. The exhibition launch evening takes place on Friday 9th November (from 7pm) and the exhibition continues until Saturday 22nd December.

Val’s work explores the beauty of our coastal and inland environment in constantly changing weather and shifting light. An underlying theme is time and the slow forces of nature, contrasted with constant change and the fragility of our environment.

Visitors should be aware that the exhibition room is often used for meetings and training events so should contact the Environment Centre to check availability for exhibition viewing before visiting.

#PlasticFreeSwansea

You will, no doubt, all be aware of the increasing amount of news items, activities and campaigns around being plastic-free or using less single-use plastic in our everyday lives, due to its impact on the environment and the oceans in particular.

A group to co-ordinate the local effort emerged in Swansea in April 2018 and has recently held its second meeting at the Environment Centre.  There we heard from Plastic Free Pennard and Surfers Against Sewage and also from Geraint Davies MP, who has launched a plastics Bill through parliament.

The group’s volunteers are moving ahead on many fronts but activities are focussed around four aspects. They are ‘Shop’, ‘Inform’, ‘Campaign’ and ‘Get involved’ and more information on these can be seen on the new website. Facebook and twitter accounts have also been set up to help spread the word.  The public meetings are open to anyone who is interested so keep your eyes peeled for information after the summer and feel free to get in touch with any suggestions or ideas delyth@environmentcentre.org.uk

This is just the start of the work in Swansea -so please support us and connect on social media!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/plasticfreeswansea

Twitter: @plasticfreeswan

Website: plasticfreeswansea.weebly.com

 

New Plastic-Free Food In The Green Shop

The Environment Centre is delighted to be working with Pwys – Plastic Free Produce , a Swansea-based business that sells products without plastic packaging. Pwys sell products via their website and the Swansea Food Assembly, but are now also available in our Green Shop.

We were now stocking food such as Organic muesli, oats, rice, lentils, chickpeas, quinoa and pasta, packaged in recycled brown paper bags in either 500g or 1kg weight. Ideal to take home and store in your own jar or airtight container.

This is a great way to eliminate plastic waste that ends up in landfill that can take hundreds of years to break down, in exchange for a simple paper bag that can be recycled.

The Green Shop is normally open 10am – 4pm Mon – Fri, and 10am – 2pm Saturdays (please note that the Shop will be closed on Mondays throughout August 2018). For more information contact info@environmentcentre.org.uk

 

Do you have a few hours to spare every week?

The Environment Centre is in need of volunteers…could you help?

Our Charity could not operate without the fantastic team of volunteers who help us out every week, there are a few vacancies in different roles including: serving in the Green Shop and reception, helping with administration and data entry, updating our website and social media accounts, gardening, helping at events and more. We are particularly in need of Saturday volunteers to help out in the Green Shop 10am – 2pm.

We have volunteers from all walks of life and a wide range of ages from students to retired people. We have regular volunteer social meet-ups where we brush up on skills or visit places of interest (usually cake is involved!), and we have a very friendly team of staff who work closely with the volunteers. Volunteers unsually have their own 4 hr slot every week and it helps provide routine for people who may have been out of work for a while. We offer travel expenses so that you wont be out of pocket for helping us out. Volunteering is a great way to gain work and life skills, meet new people, socialise, it can help open doors to employment and it makes you feel good!

If you’d like to know more, contact us on (01792) 480200 or email info@environmentcentre.org.uk.

 

Get Smart Workshop and Drop In

Wondered about the pros and cons of having a Smart meter? The Environment Centre is hosting a workshop led by Smart Energy GB on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 from 10.30-11.30. This will be followed by an informal drop-in session from 12noon to 2pm where anyone is welcome to call in and find out more about Smart meters and a range of other energy-related topics as part of the Centre’s Save Energy, Save Money exhibition – including information on switching energy suppliers, investing in local community renewable schemes and being more energy efficient.

Sustainable, Resilient and Healthy Communities – 8th November

Renew Wales is holding a regional event to promote the free support it offers to community groups taking action on climate change – this can include managing community buildings more efficiently; cutting down on waste; food and growing; renewable energy; transport and community engagement. Much of the support is given through arranging free peer mentor support. Renew Wales is a fantastic scheme – especially at a time of change when funding and support is becoming increasingly difficult to access.

The event will be held in the Taibach Community Centre, Port Talbot on 8th November and is aimed primarily at community groups in the Swansea Bay region, including community councils and social enterprises. The event is free and will include an introduction to the support available through the Renew Wales scheme, with examples from local projects that have already benefited, and a range of interesting workshops from some of the Renew Wales mentors that are available to work with projects. There’s even a free lunch for those attending.

Go to https://sustainableresilienthealthycommunities.eventbrite.co.uk to book your space.

Reducing Carbon Emissions: Have Your Say

The Welsh Government are seeking your views on what actions we should take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The consultation presents initial thoughts on how we might reduce emissions by 45% between now and 2030. The proposals include:

  • accelerating sustainable energy production and foster local ownership
  • improving opportunities for active travel and develop a comprehensive charging network for electric vehicles
  • setting higher energy efficiency standards for new building projects.

For more info and to have your say, go to beta.gov.wales/low-carbon-pathway-wales 

The consultation period ends on 4th October 2018.

BIRD BOX MAKING WORKSHOP – Saturday, 20th October

10am-12noon, Saturday 20th October 2018

The Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea

  • build a bird box with expert support
  • learn about helping garden wildlife
  • all materials and tools provided
  • £5 per person
  • limited places
  • pre-booking with payment required
  • children must be 8+ and accompanied
  • refreshments available

For bookings pop into the Environment Centre or call: 01792 480200