During the last few months, we have had three zoom meetings at which we have learnt about ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint and help to protect the planet. Individual actions may not seem to add up to much, but they are nonetheless valid contributions to the global effort. They go some way to alleviating the sense of helplessness caused by the terrifying statistics. Our aim is simply to share information and suggestions that can help us all make a difference.

We had an excellent talk on electric cars from two expert village residents: we learnt about their pros and cons, costs and feasibility. Then there was a presentation from Charlbury-based Cosy Homes on how to make your central heating more efficient and carbon-neutral. In March, a member of Greenpeace gave us a very thought-provoking talk on the effect of food production on the planet. The practices of the giant meat producers in Brazil and the Supertrawlers that raid the oceans were shocking, and the message to buy from small local producers (unless that involves a lengthy car journey!) was clear.

These meetings raise our awareness of the seriousness of the situation and the impact of our actions. If you would like to go on the mailing list so that you hear about the next meeting, please drop me a line. Every little helps.

Caroline Friend