FARMING - The backbone of any society is the production of food to feed the population, though these days much of what we eat is imported from other producers, such as fish farmed in Asia, around 60% is home grown. That is a good thing because we can no longer find enough fish locally having exhausted our fisheries. Agriculture is also changing where we have drained the soil for so long with artificial fertilizers that yields will fall, meaning a shift to obtaining protein from the sea - but unfortunately we are disposing of around 8 millions tons of plastic in our seas - poisoning marine life that we need to keep us nourished. Food security is therefore high on the United Nations agenda via the Food and Agriculture Organization. This picture was taken in the summer of 2017.
The Wealden district encompasses some of the most beautiful countryside and sea views in the United Kingdom. There is though an acute housing shortage and the area produces a good deal of greenhouse gases leading to temperature rises that will affect many other regions on earth and raise sea levels with dire consequences.
Services in the area are below standard as may benefit the local economy, the roads in particular are potholed beyond belief and hardly able to cope with traffic flow. There are very few electric vehicle charging points and no infrastructure plan making local taxes appear extortionate in relation to returns and planning for a sustainable future is virtually non-existent. Why then are we being forced to pay so much Council Tax?
CLIMATE CHANGE - The United Nations' climate summit talks are known as COP (= Conference Of the Parties). During these global discussions action for climate policy is negotiated. In December 2018 the 24th climate summit took place in Katowice. Poland. Before the event started, 50 high profile companies published an open letter to the UN calling for more action to curb climate change. So far with over twenty-four years of haggling the arctic ice is still melting - and faster than ever. No wonder so many high profile people and corporations are worried, but not Wealden. In this District we are still granting planning consents for houses without solar panels and electric vehicle charging points. What are this council like? It's criminal. But who elected the members. Yes, you did!
Crime in the district is a problem more for the organised nature of the police that allow councils to operate in a closed shop fashion bereft of transparency. The police themselves work the same way despite the new Crime Commissioners that are supposed to tackle white collar corruption. Corruption is unsustainable and a practice that should be addressed.
Regional development is dependent on the quality of leadership from our Members of Parliament, the elected members of councils and on the efficiency of civil servant staff employed at great expense to plan ahead and provide all the services we need - bearing in mind the targets set to comply with the Climate Change Act 2008 and other acts designed to ensure an economy that is circular, for this otherwise delightful location.
FROSTY - [LEFT] You can't quite make them out, but in the distance are three wind turbines tucked away in the mist on this crisp winter morning. Copyright © Climate Change Trust January 30 2018.
SNOW - [RIGHT] Make the most of it, with global warming and the UK struggling to reach its targets, this scene will become very rare indeed. It did not last long, the cold snap evaporated into strong sunshine melting all of this snow before lunchtime. Pictured in the distance is the oldest electricity generating station in the United Kingdom. Copyright © Climate Change Trust February 6 2018.
ABOUT THE CLIMATE CHANGE TRUST
Our aim is to help officials to work towards a Circular Economy where they sometimes lose their way because of the day to day chores such as bin emptying, road sweeping and collecting taxes. These are important functions but housekeeping tends to cloud issues and clutter a desk that should make a space to plan for a secure future. Our job is then to help those in local and national Government to focus on the important issues of our time for that sustainable utopia.
We are politically neutral, we just want to see policies and action plans put in place that will make the UK strong again, energy self-sufficient and with housing that is genuinely affordable for the next generation to create a safe 'Circular Economy' with food security also featuring in the mix.
The Wealden District of East Sussex is bordered by four District and Borough Councils, each with a border on the coast. From west to east they are: Lewes District Council, (Wealden District Council) Eastbourne Borough Council, Rother District Council and Hastings Borough Council. As near neighbours and with councils now sharing facilities and working together, these areas of Sussex are included in our remit to include East Sussex County Council, as the lead.
The politics of the nation shape what happens locally, nationally and internationally. Political will is very important when it comes to implementing climate change policies and providing affordable housing in the quest for a Circular Economy. The political parties are answerable to the electorate, where for example, the present Conservative Government is not living up to its election promises on climate change or the delivery of affordable housing. This leaves the door open for Labour or Liberal policies to shine with a Green hue.
WHAT IS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
A circular economy is one that is equitable - and for that reason sustainable. The "Circular Economy" is a United Nations objective and a European Commission target that is endorsed by most other nations around the world. The fact that we may be exiting Europe with Brexit high on the political agenda, does not diminish the duty we owe to protect the natural world from human waste. Just as importantly, we need to provide affordable housing for future generations and aim towards a society where not so many people can exploit the system for personal gain. That is not to say that businesses should not make a profit. Profits are needed for forward investment, provided that they are not the fruit of immoral earnings. Here we are talking about financial slavery and the modern poverty trap created by the renting society we have created in the United Kingdom.
We hope to show politicians that clean energy and high quality pre-fabricated housing can help them to achieve their political ambitions. We are advocates of clean transport such as electric vehicles and we want to do what we can to help politicians understand the full import of plastic packaging as it affects our future food security.
These are the important issues that we hope to bring into focus for the benefit of all the citizens of the United Kingdom so that they may continue to enjoy the Wealden landscape as much as we would like to enjoy other areas of the British countryside.
POLEGATE WIND FARM - The 'Shephams Lane' wind turbines approved by the Secretary of State in 2015, that now generate clean electricity for the district and national grid thanks to a campaign by local protestors, with the foresight and determination of the developers.