18 Jan 2010

Incinerator talk on 4th Feb

Thursday 4th February will see a public meeting looking at the possible dangers posed by waste incineration and the safer alternatives. It will be held at King's Stanley Village Hall, Broad St., King's Stanley, Nr. Stroud, GL10 3HZ from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m (doors open at 7.00 p.m.).

Photo: It was such a surprise to see the world back to normal again after all that white!

The presentation will be given by Dr. Paul Connett, Professor of Chemistry, St Lawrence University, New York. Dr. Connett has researched waste management issues for over 14 years (specialising in the dangers posed by incineration and in the safer and more sustainable non-burn alternatives). He is a well-know scientist, and is currently on a lecture tour in Italy so we are very fortunate to have him in the District. Apparently Dr Connett's "Zero Waste and Sustainability" talk to the UN Division on Sustainable Development on 12th Jan. 2010 was so successful that they now want to work further with him.

The talk will cover how waste incineration affects your health, wealth and environment and look at the environmentally friendly, cost effective, non-toxic alternatives. Dr. Connett will bring examples about how different places in the world are successfully dealing with their waste without incineration, and there will be the opportunity to ask him questions and learn from his vast experience and knowledge. Download poster here.

6 comments:

Joker said...

There's an article about this in the Stroud News & Journal, but, like far too many other articles, it doesn't have comments enabled. I made a thread on their forum, though (http://forum.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk), suggesting that if any place should have active discussions about Green issues, it's Stroud. Thisisgloucestershire hasn't even gotten around to reporting the talk...

Philip Booth said...

I just got the email below which also calls for more discussion to gain a better understanding of political views of candidates - one project being discussed at the moment is with Transition Stroud and a 'hub' to host forums and info - you are right at the moment our local papers are not really providing a place for Stroud discussion.....




I had this idea about politics; I often think that forums are a good place for debates, for a dialectic process of reaching an opinion...where you get multiply sides of a debate being presented, and all is there for someone to take their time in reviewing...

I just wonder if it wouldn't be a good idea if there were forums, specifically for politicians to publicly debate...like an MP forum, where there could be multiple threads, on may topic, and MPs could post---much like the commons, except it would be all written, and for controlled, and any abuses would be more obvious...

anyway, I thought that maybe one could be set up for Stroud, for the coming election...maybe one just for MP candidates, one for councilors, or maybe both...so that we can all see a debate, rather have to make up our minds based upon sound bites.

A forum could be set up, quite easily I think, and name and passwords sent to candidates, for them to log in, or not;

I often think the dialectic in parliament, and on Questiontime, are a bit limited...a non-realtime forum could be much better I think.

Joker said...

Definitely someone after my own heart, that emailer. Of course, part of the problem with internet forums is that if they *do* manage to discuss important matters in a way that threatens to change policy, the lobby against progress send in trolls to disrupt proceedings. Or else, party politics brings things crashing down.

Ironically, the Greens did create an online forum for the Coffee House, a pretty decent one, it seemed to me, and even advertised it on the Gloucestershire Boards, twice. They then didn't do anything with it, in spite of my own contributions. People really don't seem to like putting their views down in public in a permanent format. Maybe they're wise enough to know how addictive it can be.

It's easy enough to make a forum, though. When I created a site for the Barton & Tredworth Neighbourhood Partnership - bartred.webs.com - a forum was one of the option, and very nice it looks too, even if no-one uses it. Anyone can build a site, for anything, from a worldwide org to a book club, and more people should explore webs.com. That's enough for the plug, though. People should decide for themselves.

Andy said...

Some people are happy to debate publicly but so many are turned off by politics - there is so little change - huge majorities can walk against a war in Iraq or call for taxes on the super rich yet no change.

Philip Booth said...

Sadly the Coffee House Discussion failed to generate enough interest - it worked well for a few months - I hope the idea being suggested for Transition Stroud might work. We are also contemplating asking Stroud Life or SNJ to host a forum for politicians in the run up to election.

Anonymous said...

Too many forums - what we want is more of a quality one for Stroud and Stroud issues