Meeting Notes: October 2022

 Notes from Sheffield FoE Local Group meeting -  17th October 2022 

(by Zoom)

Attendees: Lindy (chair), Liddy G (notes), Shaun R, Greg H, Richard S, Chris B, Dave A, Sean A

Matters arising from recent meetings:

·       September meeting– cancelled due to public holiday

·       August meeting – walking meet – 6 people attended and we walked up to follow a circular route through Norfolk Park and back via the Cholera Monument before returning to the Showroom.

·       July meeting; press release on the links between the current heatwave and the climate emergency not taken up & Plastic Free Central bid - £566 was awarded from ward funding to trial reusable cups with a deposit schemes. Money will be held in FoE a/c until needed.


Update on supporter numbers - Database stands at 510 (+20 since July) , Twitter 890 (+40) , Facebook 684 (+15),  Instagram 66 (-1)

Waitrose Funding: We were offered an £800 commitment- free grant from Waitrose. Have accepted and are awaiting payment by cheque.

United for Warm Homes campaign:

We watched a recording of one of the FoE launch seminars and had a discussion about how to proceed locally.

We have been involved in similar coalitions for national campaigns like The Big Ask for introduction of the Climate Change Act. We discussed the potential to involve non-environmental groups and fracking groups, different potential approaches to campaigning and overlap or synergies with other groups and related campaigns.

Tomorrow’s SY Climate Alliance meeting could be the relevant forum to start to identify relevant coalitions and start engaging with community groups. The potential to start in one area (such as Lowedges) was suggested. A thermal imaging camera (£450) that could be used in their homes might be a good way to directly interest people in a local community group. Ideally we need to find community champions for the campaign.

Lindy shared an example from Derbyshire:  NE Derbyshire council action on retrofitting

Global Day of Action– Saturday November 12th –there will be an event in central Sheffield  for COP27 – still being planned but offers of help for a stall/banner are welcome.

AOB – a national Schools Climate Conference involving 40 schools (and featuring Chris Packham) is happening in at King Edward’s School in Sheffield on Thursday 20th (Greg and Richard involved).

Next Meeting: Monday November 21st 7:30pm – An online event has been organised by Shaun on Green Heating Solutions.

Three industry-leading firms will present on Infrared Heating, Air Source Heat Pumps and Zero Emission Boilers. 18 people so far signed up.  Promotion via our own newsletter, will also be in local news digest for FoE mailing list (different from our own) and further promoted on Twitter, Facebook & (hopefully) Instagram.