Meeting Notes: January 2023

 Notes from Sheffield FoE Local Group meeting -  16th January 2023 by Zoom

Attendees: Lindy (chair), Liddy G (notes), Richard, Mary B, Shaun

 Matters arising from recent meetings:

·       November meeting– good attendance (75) for Home Heating Solutions meeting organised by Shaun which was advertised nationally through FoE and used Eventbrite. Presentations from the three speakers on Infrared Heating, Air Source Heat Pumps and Zero Emission Boilers and relevant links are on the website. A report on the event and relevant links is already on our website and recordings will hopefully soon follow (when technical difficulties are overcome)

·       December meeting – this was a Christmas social at the Showroom (Lindy, Shaun, Liddy, Geoff Cox from Climate Alliance).

·       Plastic Free Central bid - £566 was awarded from ward funding to trial reusable cups with a deposit schemes but unfortunately this has not been feasible due to a change on the coffee stall holder.

·       Global Day of Action in November – a number of groups were represented at the rally in Barkers Pool and the FoE banners were there and then taken on the march through Sheffield city centre to Devonshire Green by a small group of FoE members.

·       Waitrose Funding: We were offered an £800 commitment- free grant from Waitrose and Lindy and Liddy went to Waitrose to receive the cheque in December.

·       National Schools’ Climate Conference: Richard reported that the conference in November hosted by King Edward’s School was well attended by 38 schools from across the UK. After the conference, a series of demands from the young people were presented to Downing Street by King Edwards’ students.

·       Update on supporter numbers - Database stands at 521 (+11 since Oct) , Twitter 901 (+4) , Facebook 688 (+4).

United for Warm Homes campaign

The United for Warm Homes campaign is a major ongoing FoE campaign that we want to contribute to. At our October meeting and subsequently in December we discussed using some of our funds to buy a thermal imaging camera. Lindy and Shaun have researched some options. There is a recommended model which Octopus have given to community groups and is £575 (inc VAT) to buy. If we use the Waitrose funding to buy one, we could use it before the end of the winter. 

The meeting agreed that a thermal imaging camera will have a part to play in the United for Warm Homes campaign  by raising awareness and also providing a practical activity that can galvanise people to take action on their own homes and more widely.

With the proviso that Lindy does one more check with FoE, the meeting agreed to the purchase of the FLIR ONE Edge Pro using the bulk of the Waitrose donation for this purpose. FLIR thermal imaging cameras are well regarded and this model has been selected as a mid-way model from basic to professional and is used by Octopus Energy to loan out to customers.

It was agreed that details of how to make the most appropriate use of the camera will develop in a trial period.  The preference was to train a key person for a community group and let them take the lead.  Reservations were expressed about loaning to individuals. Mary B has strong links to communities in south Sheffield and is keen to help liaise on this.

Other business:

·       Climate petition: The link to the climate change petition to the council is in the latest newsletter and is the petition is available online for signing if you have not already done so.

·       Local Plan: The council’s draft Local Plan for Sheffield is available for consultation and Sheffield Climate Alliance is holding an event on 24th January which will be a public meeting to discuss the plan:

·       Schools Climate Education South Yorkshire – Richard provided an update on plans for this year’s conference and asked for volunteers (ideally from 8-4 on the day). It will be a face to face event for both primary and secondary schools at Victoria Hall on 2 March. Keynote speaker from Dept of Education lead for Climate Change, Juanita Shepherd. Full programme including speakers and workshops. A potential drama performance for the event is also in development.

Next Meeting:

Monday February 13th 7:30pm – by Zoom. We will follow up on previous energy and Warm Homes  related topics with a discussion of green energy and alternatives to fossil fuels [Note this is second Monday in February]