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Select Committee at Cornwall Council

Catch up this week (after Crowd Funding for 2 months) including being questioned as a Witness at The Flood Risk Management Select Committee.

Cornwall Council’s Scrutiny Management Committee arranged the Select Committee in order to seek assurance that Cornwall’s flood risk management authorities are working together to mitigate flood risk and maintain a clear strategy for the future. Generally of course we are very pleased to be working with Cornwall Council as Chair of Cornwall Community Flood Forum,  I presented my view on all the questions, but with no mistake I presented my views on SUDS ‘enthusiastically’. I’m sure they will take this to their Cabinet. If they do take my message to central government, I will be delighted and they would have made a valuable decision.

What are SUDS?

Susdrain.org: 

Drainage systems can contribute to sustainable development and improve urban design, by balancing the different issues that influence the development of communities. Approaches to manage surface water that take account of water quantity (flooding), water quality (pollution) and amenity issues are collectively referred to as Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS).

SuDS mimic nature and typically manage rainfall close to where it falls. SuDS can be designed to slow water down (attenuate) before it enters streams, rivers and other watercourses, they provide areas to store water in natural contours and can be used to allow water to soak (infiltrate) into the ground or evaporated from surface water and lost or transpired from vegetation (known as evapotranspiration).

What happens to SUDS if the development management company fail or go under?

Under the Flood and Water Management Act the Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) approval process was going to be closely linked to the planning process. Once commenced, the Act would have required that future construction which has drainage implications will not be able to take place until approval of the drainage system has been given by the SuDS Approving Body. It does this by requiring drainage systems to be approved, against a set of National Standards. It would have been the role of the newly established SuDS Approving Body (SAB) within Devon County and Cornwall Councils, to approve, inspect, adopt and maintain sustainable drainage systems for new developments exceeding one property.

So, whats the problem?

Made on: 18 December 2014 Statement Made by: Mr Eric Pickles (was The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) from 6 April 2015:

Under these arrangements, in considering planning applications, local planning authorities should consult the relevant lead local flood authority on the management of surface water; satisfy themselves that the proposed minimum standards of operation are appropriate and ensure through the use of planning conditions or planning obligations that there are clear arrangements in place for ongoing maintenance over the lifetime of the development. The sustainable drainage system should be designed to ensure that the maintenance and operation requirements are economically proportionate. **The Government will keep this under review**

The consultation was published under the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Relative sea level (sea level taking into account changes in land height) in the South West has risen by approximately 250mm since 1916, thats around a ¼ of a metre in 100 years.

Whats the view given to Select Committee?

The decision in December set the whole ‘exciting’ SuDS Approving Body (SAB) plans back by a decade!

The government are building 24,000 house a year they know will flood

There isn’t the money we have enjoyed to deal with the trauma, aftermath and clear up

Flooding will only get worse (3 minutes from 1.22-1.25)

The solution?

Utilise the Select Committee’s powers to inform their Cabinet and particularly urge them to take the message to central government.

What can I do?

Write to your Councillor today, copy and paste this article and just ask the question, “With all the new development, you really need to make sure SUDS are maintained when the developer has gone, please can you ask Government to restore plans for SuDS Approving Body’s”

They will reply, let us know how you got on, thanks.

 

Newsletter – a ticket to resilience

Domenico Ragozzino

Thank you to Domenico Ragozzino who is currently undergoing an internship with Climate Vision, for creating the first Climate Vision Newsletter.

 

Bravo Domenico, it is a cracking read and wonderful we can give people the trusted access to the doom and gloom but also provide a ticket to resilience and decent carbon cutting (that also saves people money and keeps them in better health).

Domenico is pictured above talking to supporters of the Crowd Funder at the pre-launch event. 

 

Climate Vision Newsletter

 

 

 

Carbon Logic – it’s working – thanks!

Four days into our Crowd Funder and we are 37.2% on target, we are delighted. We would like to invite you to share our project and invite your family, friends and colleagues to get involved. If your family and friends live in Truro they can benefit from getting their money back in discount at the local grocer, if they live further afield they can get more than their pledge back if they were going to buy a bike this year – both link back to our original Top Ten Carbon Cutting Pledges. If you want to share with a business owner you know they can put a big tick next to their CSR box and also benefit from publicity, deeper involvement in the project as well as benefit from a half price or free Flood Risk Snap shot.

An earlier blog post will tell you why we are doing this, here is a little film and detail about it and the button you can press to make pledge, it won’t come out of your bank account unless we reach target at the end of May www.crowdfunder.co.uk/providing-global-leaders-with-a-carbon-solution

Carbon Logic Poster

 

Thank you!

Carbon Crowd Funder coming soon! From Cornwall to Paris with a big message – Thank you for joining in!

This is a crucial time for climate change agreements and what will happen at the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP21) will influence the future of climate policy worldwide. While Governments and global leaders will attempt to reach ambitious strategies to curbing carbon emissions,  universities and civil society can contribute to inspire individuals and communities to taking climate change seriously and adopting alternative behaviours.

In 2009, a network of climate activists and scientists in Truro delivered a behavioural change campaign to support local and national delegates involved in the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (COP15). We asked individuals and communities to think about the carbon cost of their lifestyle and to pledge easy and realistic carbon cutting actions.

In only four months, the campaign enabled 4488 individuals and organisations who chose to make low-carbon pledges and adopt sustainable behaviours such as buying local food, saving energy or researching climate change. We are now looking to calculate the carbon cost of our campaign in order to show to COP21 delegates that behavioural strategy solutions can be effective to achieve carbon reduction targets. We also want to show that they can compete with risky and more expensive technology such as carbon storage and capture.

To make this happen we will need your help – watch this space as we aim to launch our ideas on May Day, or put this link in your diary on May 1st www.crowdfunder.co.uk/providing-global-leaders-with-a-carbon-solution

Please do get in touch if you want to ensure you are invited to be a part of delivering a valuable solution to the United Nations conference.

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Buying a house?

 

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I barely slept a wink last night – was it the late night curry, the gossip in the pub or the massive reality check hearing it lovely and large from the experts direct to government yesterday “20, 000 houses are being built a year are at risk of flooding, 4000 at significant risk” .

So my dears, we can labour the development argument, but really, this meeting that took place, clearly said this kind of development is making us lose resilience to flooding.

Wake up!  I know you are bored already – I’m the one that didn’t sleep remember??!?! Thank you!

So what can you do?

Email your MP now – just a quickie – send a link to this if you like – just copy and paste this: “Is this true? http://climatevision.co.uk/buying-a-house  Could you tell me what are you going to do regarding this over the next month? We need immediate change, please” Please add your address or they won’t reply, thanks.

This is a great time to do it – everyone wants a vote!

Secondly, take responsibility for yourself, or at least talk about it as the policy won’t catch up in time – and if we had a pound for every poor soul that flooded that said “It won’t happen to me” we would probably be on a beach somewhere now…

But we do care about YOU, so please enjoy taking your action above – be in the pink and hit that link!

Well done YOU! Be proud, pat yourself on the back

If you need back – up watch the stream especially if you are buying a house you better watch 15:02-15:07 at least!

P.S. 12,000 new homes are being built a year that the EA don’t even have to comment on…..just saying

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Preparing for the Climate throughout Lent – Fancy a Sofa Session?

In preparation for the Autumn’s Climate Week do you fancy a free coffee in the Cathedral to get ready?

Last month I took part in an Incident Management Practice – it was so exciting and involved bad weather, a roof flying off, subsequent fires and explosions – yes one fatality too – but by being better prepared that number remained at one and not hundreds. These things will happen, but those switched on people can now boast, that ‘one’ probably wouldn’t happen in a real event, because they have accepted the risks and likelihood and planned for them. Three hours after the ‘one’ left the scenario a team of people looked at each other, enthused, rejuvenated and in a situation to commence normal activities within 2-3 days not 3-4 months if ever.  Shortly this site will post and develop evidences of what people are doing, to encourage YOU to catch up if you haven’t. Getting resilient is fun, speak to me today and thrive off the experience! Not only can you save a lot of trauma, you can save your business money.

So this blog is actually about The Sofa Sessions about coming and having a chat about Climate Change, with a FREE coffee – yes the best things in life are FREE and you can book up yours by emailing luci@climatevision.co.uk or calling 01872 241239

All you have to do is come into the Cathedral, enjoy the display at the front by the entrance to the cafe, meet me there at the arranged time, and we will go into the Cafe for a chat and a coffee for half an hour at the most.

I look forward to meeting you, if you would like to know more listen to this radio piece, then please do send an email and let me know your preference 1.30pm or 2pm any weekday through lent (18/2/15-5/4/15).

Luci Isaacson MSc

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Climate Vision in London

So if you are in London Friday week why not come and say hi to us before our slot at the Flood Defence Expo?

Our talk will be 15:30 – 16:00 on Friday 5th December in Hall 2.

The organisers thought our approach was unique and liked our story about preventing flooding. It will be great to meet up with others and see the great equipment now available for those who will suffer flooding regularly, but can then learn to live with it.

We must learn to live with it, but in doing so need to recognise the need to preserve ourselves and get to grips with the reality check of Climate Change. It’s not pretty; it involves hot topics like population, profit and prediction. There’s a pattern there…

Have a listen to Dr Stephan Harrison Associate Professor of Quaternary Science at Exeter talk about his view a week ago to BBC Radio Cornwall, starting form 4minutes in after hearing from a flood victim and Defra’s view

 

If you fancy a chat, do get in touch and there is a good ‘P’ – products…

 

Interstellar Thinking

Fantastic to watch the film and the variety of debates afterwards. Please do go and see it soon, stick with it, don’t question too much, but enjoy the wake up the next day and your powerful drive and realisation why you are here! Well done, you made it! Now perhaps you’d like a re-cap and have ten minutes to understand the current state of play. Then perhaps you could have a play with some of the elements.

So we have a lack of finances for the basics in the world right now so the outcome of the film….is unlikely, so best make do with what we have here. Now if you add all this lot up, thinking when man made first invented the wheel, Richard Trevithick etc – now let’s get back to you – what are you going to do?

££££££ Roll Up Help a Neighbour Over Harvest Festival – Apply Now

Great news!

Do you know anyone affected by the winter floods?

Do they live in Cornwall?

Great – Together WE can help protect them this winter, but they MUST APPLY NOW! Up to £5000 for people who have suffered flooding into their homes from a government grant, this can pay for things like a simple flood gate for a door which costs about £400.

By inspiring and creating a vision – we can together enable people to embrace what is happening and not wait to become a victim again.

Please do get in touch with people you know and help them apply as this is a very traumatic thing that many want to turn a blind eye to or see it as too much bother. It is highly likely it will happen again and taking this action will make insurance challenges in the future less complicated. You can hear more now on the BBC Radio Cornwall link below, but please do take the opportunity to help a neighbour this Harvest Weekend and make the application here http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/community-and-living/grants-advice-service/emergency-flood-relief/#rrenew as the fund runs out next month. Thank you

Last week I went to Harvest Eucharist at my daughters school we were asked to stop and think about how we share…and how people are able to gain access to food or gifts. Perhaps we can use that thinking here?

Do any readers know someone who flooded last winter? Please do let them know. Have a good weekend.

Bravo! Let’s face the music!

Bravo the Committee on Climate Change who advise the UK Government – the latest report is cracking!

Have a read, go on – you only need to read the Exec Summary. It’s the most confident document delivering the message “Increases of two degrees or more will bring major challenges for public well-being and the economy, and the risk of dangerous and irreversible impacts.” Yes, it horrid, but it’s TRUE. Some people don’t want to hear that truth, but how can we possibly plan for the erratic near future, without knowing what we are talking about?

If your drifting now then you are falling into the ‘inevitable camp’  –  “As governments grapple and attempt to prioritise long term objectives related to impacts, which draws on contexts beyond natural science – confusion about evaluation of ‘dangerous’ climate change, is inevitable” (Oppenheimer 2005). Yup – he said that 8 years ago – he also said: ‘If the Greenland Ice Sheet melted causing 5-7m sea level rise, people would then debate how ‘dangerous’ that would be!!!!’

So why wait for trouble, let’s adapt now, as we know what’s a coming. 

Page 8 “Businesses that fail to anticipate climate change risk their own failure.” 

Page 9 “investing in improving resilience “

Page 9 “By the 2040s, half of all summers are expected to be as hot, or hotter, than in 2003 when tens of thousands of people across Europe died prematurely. “

Page 10 “specific advice is not provided on thousands of minor planning applications in the floodplain each year.”

Page 11 “Climate change is expected to increase the risk of interruption and financial loss to businesses but may also present opportunities for those able to take advantage of changing market conditions. Some larger companies are assessing climate risks, including those to their supply chains, and are responding accordingly. However, there is little evidence of action by small and medium-sized enterprises.”

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There may be trouble ahead,
But while there’s moonlight and music and love and romance,
Let’s face the music and dance.

managing climate risks to well-being and the economy