Community Energy and Cohousing: Doing It Ourselves- Library chat with Kevin Frea

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Community Energy and Cohousing: Doing It Ourselves- Library chat with Kevin Frea
Wednesday 26th March 6.30pm The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU (near Govan underground station)
 Join us for our latest ‘library chat’, an informal roundtable conversation in the convivial surroundings of our library in the Pearce Institute.
 There will be space and time for general discussion and input from all participants. Light refreshments provided.Please email info@che.ac.uk to confirm attendance. RSVP essential.

We are joined by CHE graduate Kevin Frea.

Sixty members of Lancaster Cohousing have built an energy self sufficient and efficient community on the banks of the River Lune near Lancaster.

The 41 homes, built to Sustainable Building Code 6 and Passivhaus standard, have a district heating system, powered by woodchip from a nearby sawmill, and generate electricity from solar PV and (later this year) from a 200 kWe community hydro scheme on the nearby weir.

Lancaster Cohousing intends to “build a community on ecological values and to be at the cutting edge of sustainable design and living…Our concerns span climate change, biodiversity, food, chemicals, transport, waste, resources and global development issues.”

Community energy schemes have the potential to increase democratic control of energy resources, reduce carbon emissions, alleviate fuel poverty, generate income for community projects, and provide an ethical investment opportunity. They have enthusiastic support across the political spectrum, from (moderate) Conservatives to the Green Party and hold the possibility to engage people who would not otherwise be interested in alternatives to fossil fuels.

About Kevin Frea

After Kevin graduated from the Centre for Human Ecology with a Masters degree in 2009 he set up a community energy co-operative in Gloucestershire. He has a lifelong interest in renewable energy and co-operatives, and is currently a Director of several energy generating and saving community schemes including Halton Lune Hydro and Less (Lancaster) CIC.

He lives with his partner at Lancaster Cohousing and will talk about the practicalities of setting up community energy projects and the challenges and delights of living in an aspiring ‘eco community’.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/706535206064418/

Beyond Post-Politics and ‘Soft’ Urban Fixes: Developing A Politics of Space- with Neil Gray

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Beyond Post-Politics and ‘Soft’ Urban Fixes: Developing A Politics of Space- with Neil Gray
Wednesday 5th March 6.30pm The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU (near Govan underground station)
Join us for our latest ‘library chat’, an informal roundtable conversation in the convivial surroundings of our library in the Pearce Institute.
There will be space and time for general discussion and input from all participants. Light refreshments provided.Please email info@che.ac.uk to confirm attendance. RSVP essential.
Neil Gray is a writer, researcher and filmmaker based in Govan, Glasgow. His work critically analyses the mobilisation of creativity and sustainability ‘fixes’ in development strategies via a focus on the urbanization of capital and the politics of space. He is currently developing the idea of ‘territorial inquiry’ as a means of militant co-research adapted for urban life. He is contributing editor for Variant, has written regularly for Mute, and is part of The Strickland Distribution, ‘an artist-run group supporting the development of independent research in art-related and non-institutional practices’. He is currently completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow.

Library chat 26th Feb: A Thousand Huts: the campaign for huts and hutting

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A Thousand Huts: the campaign for huts and hutting with Karen Grant 

Feb 26th 6.30pm The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU

Join us for our latest ‘library chat’, an informal roundtable conversation in the convivial surroundings of our library in the Pearce Institute.

There will be space and time for general discussion and input from all participants. Light refreshments provided.

Please email info@che.ac.uk to confirm attendance.

Do you dream of a hut in the woods? Changes are afoot that could bring that dream a few steps closer. Karen Grant, from Reforesting Scotland’s campaign for A Thousand Huts, will introduce the world of hutting, discuss the recent campaign developments, explore the current barriers to hutting and celebrate the many causes of hope for a new hutting movement in Scotland.

The aim of Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Huts Campaign is to promote huts and hutting – the building and enjoyment of simple structures (usually wooden) for living, working and recreation in the countryside. The campaign wants to achieve this by securing a change of culture and attitude and reform of the law so that those who wish to build huts and pursue hutting can do so freely and within the law.

About Karen Grant

After gaining an Ecology degree Karen Grant ran the Forest Campaign for A SEED Europe (Action for Solidarity, Equality, the Environment and Development), where she also co-ran international youth workshops about trade justice and climate change. She then worked with the Green Group in the Scottish Parliament, before becoming Director of Scottish Education and Action for Development. Taking the organisation from a dormant state, she helped make it a vibrant hub of community action and popular education, and founded Switch On to Climate Change – one of the first projects of its kind in Scotland, supporting the growth of new community-based climate action.

She has participated in a range of key international conferences (and in their parallel alternative summits) including the COP 15 UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen (and the accompanying CIFOR Forest Day 3), and in running grassroots events parallel to various EU Summits and G8 Summits.

She represents the voluntary sector on the panel of the Climate Challenge Fund and sits on the Board of Directors of LifeMosaic and Bespoke Organic Events. She recently gained Distinction from Glasgow School of Art for her dissertation on Creativity and Social Justice (as part of her First Class BA(Hons) in Painting). She is a practicing artist and has exhibited in Glasgow and London.

Facebook event here https://www.facebook.com/events/1449150255315186/?source=1

Talk 25th Feb: Burning the planet at both ends: how can we cool it? The struggle for the global commons- with Justin Kenrick

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CHE public talk: Burning the planet at both ends: how can we cool it? The struggle for the global commons- with Justin Kenrick


Feb 25th 6.30pm The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU

What connects the torching of indigenous communities in Kenya and Osborne’s ‘Sermon on the Pound’?

The Kenyan government is currently torching thousands of homes of indigenous Sengwer communities in the name of conservation. The global clearances continue despite the fact that the poor in Kenya do have lawyers – for the courts are simply ignored. Can aligning communities struggles, national concern and international campaigns counteract local, national and international elites attempts to capture resources from those who have maintained their resources for centuries? Can the independence debate enable us to focus on, rather than distract us from, responding to the state of the world? How?

Justin Kenrick received a BA in Social Anthropology at Cambridge and his PhD in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh. He was a lecturer in social anthropology at Glasgow from 2001 to 2009. He left to work with the Forest Peoples Programme to support Central African Forest Peoples’ rights, and to work on parallel processes of community resilience in Scotland (www.pedal-porty.org.uk and www.holyrood350.org).

Facebook event here https://www.facebook.com/events/1388427271378042/?fref=ts