Open Meetings

OPEN MEETINGS 2014

We hold an open meeting every 2nd Thursday of the month (except August) at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead KT21 2BE, at 7.30pm to 9pm.

Each month we have a topic with a speaker or a film, and afterwards there is time for discussion which is often very lively! The meetings are free entry, but donations are welcome to help cover the cost of hiring the room and publicity.

If you have any topic that you would like us to cover, or know a speaker please contact us.

7.30pm, in the Marshall Room at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead KT21 2BE.  Entry is free, no tickets needed, donations welcome.

Thursday 13th March 2014

 The Psychology of Behavior Change

As we all know from trying to keep new year’s resolutions changing behavior can be very difficult, especially sticking to it and making it last. We are by nature conservative and don’t generally like change. Myrtle Cooper, a sustainability practitioner and student of the Schumacher College, will explore why this is so. It is particularly relevant in today’s world when we will need to change our behavior to reduce our carbon footprint.

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Thursday 13th February 2014

Food Waste

Every family throws out on average a quarter of what they buy, £680 of food every year, the cost of this waste is throughout the chain  – production, transport, supermarkets and disposal. Richard Inns, specialist in packaging and sustainability gave a startling presentation about this issue which affects us all. For a list of the links he gave us at the end of the presentation please click here

Thursday 9th January 2014

‘Green Ethics – do we have a moral responsibility to live a green life?’

Pretty much yes was the  answer from both panel and audience. Christine Bailey started the debate by giving the Christian perspective which was followed by Margaret Foster who talked about the ethics of Fair Trade.

Thursday 12th December 2013

‘Wheels For the World’

Gillian Russell and Eileen Orr from  Wheels For the World explained how the charity works. The World Health Organisation reports 20 – 30 million disabled people need wheelchairs – most of these people will have a lack of hope or of the ability to purchase one. Wheels for the World is the overseas programme of Through the Roof, restoring and distributing refurbished wheelchairs, done by prisoners in Pankhurst, mostly to people in Africa giving them increased independence.

After the talk we shared mulled wine and mince pies. We raised over £90 for the charity whick will pay for two wheelchairs. Click here for more information about Wheels For The World

Thursday 14th November 2013

 “Can we keep the lights on?”

We watched a film made by Cambridge University setting out our current and future engery generation needs and where this might come from. Barrie Mould then gave a presentation particulalry about the need for a really major investment in infrastructure for electricity as this will be needed for renewable energy and nuclear, if we are to get away from reliance on fossil fuels.  We followed this with a lively  discussion of the issues and possibly solutions and what is happening in different countries, many agreed that it is only when prices are high is their a behaviour change in terms of energy use. We also agreed that polititians are often too short sighted and focus on votes not necessarily in making difficult and unpopular decisions for the longer term benefit.

Thursday 1oth October 2013

FRACKING – we were given a very balanced veiw  by Nick Wright, energy consultant and member of Transition Dorking. His talk emphasised that we have a serious energy shortage looming and that shale gas has much lower carbon emmissions than coal, so this would help reduce CO2 while we invest in renewables and the technology improves. There was a lot of debate. 

 Thursday 12th September 2013

THE GREEN DEAL – energy saving for your home and business

Transition Ashtead’s new season of Open Meetings kicks off  with a talk given by Jessica Putt of Action Surrey, a specialist energy efficiency organisation. The Green Deal is a new way of paying for home energy improvements with no upfront cost. Find out how this can help you make your home and business more energy efficient, saving CO2 emmissions and save you money in the long term.