Each week during Lent we are offering an Envirotip -Palm Sunday Renewable Energy

So we could go all out and fit solar panels to our house and a wind turbine, install ground source heat pumps in order to heat our homes. Most of these things are out of our reach unless building our own home. We can however switch to a renewable energy tariff, the more appetite there are for these tariffs the more energy companies will invest in producing renewable energy.

 Each week in Lent we are offering an Envirotip - This week Lent 5 - Where is my food from?

One of the lovely things about living in our corner of Cambridgeshire is the amount of fresh local vegetables that are available to buy from small stalls around our villages. Mostly from those who have got gluts on their allotments. Buying these is one easy way to reduce our food miles. When we are wandering around the supermarket do we take note of where our produce is coming from? Do we take advantage of eating things when they are in season. The following website offers some good advice: www.eattheseasons.co.uk

 

Each week during Lent we are offering an Envirotip - Lent 4 - Water

Thinking about ways in which we can save water. Installing a waterbutt to water the garden, not only saves water but rainwater is generally better for your garden than the hard water which comes out of the tap. Think about taking shorter showers, putting a brick in the cistern. Water is a precious resource in and of itself, but processing water requires lots of energy.

 
 

Every week during Lent we are publishing an Envirotip - Lent 3 Driving

For many of us we have little choice but to drive due to the lack of public transport. There may however be shorter journeys which we could walk instead? We can also think about how we drive, by driving at 60mph instead of 70mph fuel efficiency is much better, saving you money and only taking a little longer to get where we want to be.

Do we think about lift sharing, going shopping together with a friend instead of going on our own, offering to share lifts to church events?

More radically we can think about an electric or hybrid car if we are considering upgrading, or at the very least shop around for a car with a good fuel economy. 

During Lent we are publishing an environmental tip each week. Lent 1 Neonicotinoids

These are a class of systemic insecticides which many people suspect are partly responsible for the deaths of bees and other pollinators. They can be used on plants, as a seed or bulb dressing or in the compost plants are growing in. In all these cases, they can poison the insects that feed on the flowers or harm soil life.

The good news is that from April 2019 three of them will be banned by the European Union, except for use in glasshouses, and Michael Gove has promised that Britain will observe the ban after Brexit.

The problem is that one can still buy plants that contain the chemicals, one way or another. My bulb supplier, Peter Nyssen, has removed them from their operation, which prompted me to enquire what other suppliers are still using them. I have had some interesting responses and have changed some of my suppliers, and also found some shining examples of good practice.

I would encourage you to do some checking of your own. It is usually necessary to be persistent: shop assistants don't usually know the answer, you have to contact the company by email, letter or telephone, and often they have to be prodded to get back to you with the information.