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Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Bohemia Road

 

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery kindly hosted this green event.

 

 

“OUR SUSTAINABLE PLANET”


Museum & Art Gallery, Bohemia Road, Hastings


Thursday 26th September 2019  18:00 - 21:00pm BST

 

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION BEXHILL & HASTINGS

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGE, the reality we face: Global warming, Arctic and Antarctic ice melting, Glaciers melting, rising sea levels, Ocean acidification, coral bleaching, Climate Refugees and mass Migrations, eroding soils and land Desertification, food security, poorer communities and water shortages, extreme weather, flooding and droughts. At this event we will address these issues. We will also address Marine pollution during the evening.

We will watch a short UNESCO film and documentary showing some of these catastrophic consequences for the environment, local communities, societies and economies. We will watch real testimonies of people from different parts of the World being affected by Climate Change. These global risks do not respect national borders, the entire global climate is in jeopardy.

But there is HOPE.... with a holistic approach to CLIMATE ACTION as was nicely illustrated by the efforts of all those attending this humble event in a town famous for invasion of the Normans and the battle of 1066. If this level of attack is all over the planet, then we might pull back from the brink, but we must keep pushing.

 

 

 

 

[LEFT] Mike Burns: CTEC Energy presentation "Recycling plastics into Green Energy." The audience were shown an informative set of slides on a PowerPoint presentation that gave us hope that much municipal waste could be joined with other wastes such as plastic and turned into energy as part of the transition to a circular economy.  [RIGHT] The Mayor of Hastings Councillor Nigel Sinden opened the proceedings with an introduction to climate change and how we should all be doing our bit. Cllr Sinden is a stanch supporter of solar power.

 

 

Kate Meakin (Energise Sussex), Eveline Tijs (Extinction Rebellion) and Oliver Sterno (Plastic Free Eastbourne

 

PANELISTS: Kate Meakin (Energise Sussex), Eveline Tijs (Extinction Rebellion) and Oliver Sterno (Plastic Free Eastbourne. Eveline explained why it was so important for protestors to make a stand against the anthropogenic rise in temperature of planet earth to make politicians act rather than talk. We could not agree more. Extinction Rebellion is a non-violent direct action movement demanding urgent action in the face of an unprecedented global emergency.

 

 

 

 

[LEFT] Kate Meakin took to the floor to tell us about the renewable energy projects that were sweeping the town and how Energise Sussex was making a difference to the region. The audience were wowed by the statistics that told how solar and wind energy was creeping up on fossil fuels in terms of percentage supply against the villains of the plot: coal fired and even nuclear energy generation, where radioactive waste remains an unresolved pollution issue. Kate has worked for various NGOs for the past 13 years on campaigns focusing on fair trade, climate change and poverty. Alongside this Kate has been active in grassroots campaigning for the green movement. Nice one Kate. [RIGHT] Gonzalo Alvarez took notes and asked questions to clarify any points that were raised. Gonzalo is a marine biologist and event organizer working with the Bexhill branch of the United Nations Association.

 

 

 

TRANSITION TOWN HASTINGS - Sarah Macbeth is a graphic designer and has worked in the non profit sector for over 20 years. She is Chair of Transition Town Hastings and a divestment campaigner.

 

 

 

 

[LEFT] Andrew Dinsdale showed us some revealing photographs of plastic that Stranliners had picked from the beaches. What was important was how his group had managed to identify the culprits - where some of the plastic recovered had identifying marks on them. In 2019 Strandliners visited the Peacehaven Wastewater Treatment Works managed by Southern Water and serving all of Brighton and Hove. The purpose of the visit was to understand what pollution escapes into the environment. Of interest to Strandliners was biobeads – small plastic pellets used in the waste treatment process – and what measures are in place to prevent their escape, since many have been found on south coast beaches. Plastic fibres from clothing is also included in a sludge that is sold for agriculture as part of the water treatment process. Strandliners‘ Executive Director, Andy Dinsdale has been leading riverbank- and beach-cleans since 2004 and regularly represents the company at national and international marine conservation conferences. Strandliners receives financial support from: Sea-Changers, Rother District Council, Jempson’s, Rye Town Council and individual donors.

 

[RIGHT] Andrew Durling spoke about climate change as a Friends of the Earth advocate. He also enlightened the audience on Passive Haus and how affordable housing that was also sustainable was not being provided locally where house builders are more interested in profits from building conventional houses that are not so climate friendly.

  

 

 

GENESIS 215 - The Genesis project promotes the reduction of single use plastic in the cycling and triathlon industries. The project is supported by the Sky Ocean Rescue Programme, working alongside the UK United Nations Association. Jamie Bedwell is a local athlete working for the East Sussex Healthcare Team, providing Podiatry care across the county - a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.

 

 

 

 

EFFECTIVE - The event was a magnificent success, thanks to the efforts of Gonzalo Alvarez (left) and all of those volunteering to come and speak about what they are doing to combat global warming, with a special mention for Oliver Sterno (right) who runs Plastic Free Eastbourne, and who is an effective local campaigner, only too willing to share his experiences with others.

 

 

The event began with a packed house, introduced by Gonzalo Alvarez and Oliver Sterno. Several short UN films were played to the audience back to back, after which a panel of speakers fielded a number of questions from the public gallery as to how to get involved and make a personal contribution.

 

As per the agenda, there were short presentations from Regional and Local projects, some of which included projector slide presentations of important Projects and Campaigns addressing these very issues and how all of us can get involved and keep generating Climate Action.

 

The questions came in thick and fast to the panel, and during and after each speaker. It was obvious from the number of projects and the general interest level that Hastings is a town that cares about climate change and plastic pollution, both subjects of huge concern as to rising sea levels and forest fires. The message that was coming out was to keep up the level of campaigning, especially from Extinction Rebellion, with mention of Greta Thunberg and her efforts.

 

Running in tandem with Sustainable Planet, 'Sustainability on Sea' (SOS) is a nine day festival featuring over 60 events from Winchelsea to Bexhill. All events explore different aspects of sustainability. Festival highlights include Car Free Day on 22 Sept and the Big Green Fair on 29 Sept.

 

 

SUSTAINABLE PLANET SEA FESTIVAL EVENT HASTINGS

 

THE EVENT IS NOW ENDED

 


PROGRAMME - PROJECTS AND CAMPAIGNS:


18:00 hrs Registration

 

18:30 hrs Opening Words - The Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Nigel Sinden

18:30 hrs UNESCO Film/documentary (20 mins). Followed by discussion panelists:
Kate Meakin (Energise Sussex Coast), Eveline Tijs (Extinction Rebellion Hastings), Oliver Sterno (Plastic Free Eastbourne).

19: 15 hrs Friends of the Earth presentation - Andrew Durling

 

Transition Town Hastings and St Leonard's - Climate Change and local Action (Sherry Clark and Sarah Macbeth)

 

Energise Sussex Coast - Renewable Energy (Kate Meakin)

Strandliners - Andrew Dinsdale

BREAK - Tea and Coffee

Jamie Bedwell - Genesis 215 Campaign - Sussex based Triathlete and Campaigner

Brighton Dolphin Project -
Andrew Scoon

Plastic Free Hastings - Colin Darbyshire (Marine Conservation Zone and Hastings Marine litter project)

CTEC Energy presentation - Mike Burns - "Recycling plastics into Green Energy"

Oliver Sterno - Effective Environmental Campaigning in Sussex

 

 

 

 

 

SPEAKERS CORNERED

 

 

Jamie Bedwell

 

Jamie Bedwell

 

 

Colin Darbyshire

 

Colin Darbyshire

 

 

Andrew Dinsdale

 

Andrew Dinsdale

 

 

Andrew Durling

 

Andrew Durling

 

 

 

 

Simon McPherson

 

 

 

Oliver Sterno

 

 

 

David Stopp

 

 

 

 

Solar panel arrays to harvest clean electricity

 Welding construction ship building

High efficiency propellers to convert energy to thrust

Electric propulsion motors for zero carbon boats

Hydraulics actuators to control steering and energy harvesting aparatus

Large 334 m2 solar arrays that track the sun autonomously.

 

Weight saving 5083 alloy trimaran hull for stale corrosion free life.

 

Propellers, shafts and transmission designed for improved efficiency.

 

High efficiency dc brushless motors for propulsion and reliable operation.

 

Computer automated

hydraulic actuators.

 

Climate Change Challenger

 

 

 

Wind generators harvesting energy to take advantage of trade winds

 

World navigation event to demonstrate superior satellite route planning.

 

 

SDG 13 - Designed to aspire to the UN sustainable development goals.

 

 

20kW wind turbine boom mounted to track wind autonomously.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGER - This is a solar and wind powered boat waiting to be built as part of an experiment to demonstrate that cargo and cruise liners might be zero carbon to meet with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) targets for 2030, 2050 an 2100 by which time they hope to see 100% zero carbon shipping in action. The Cleaner Ocean Foundation also have a zero carbon Ferry project on the drawing board for cross Channel hops. These concepts differ from the current rash of hydrogen fuel cell ZEV projects such as that in San Francisco Bay and Norway, in the renewable energy is harvested directly for propulsion, rather than for use to electrolyze water and liquefy the hydrogen for storage in cryogenic tanks. Hence, is a far more sustainable solution in the quest for a circular economy.

 

 

 

 

TRANSFERABLE TECHNOLOGY - The design of the Climate Change Challenger might be adapted to Cargo, Container, Cruise and Ferry designs, without needing to radically alter port facilities. The designs above are not representative of adaptations of the concept, but serve to illustrate the thinking of other design houses.

 

 

 

UNA Bexhill & Hastings

 


 

       

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

DURBAR HALL - Two of the wooden paneled halls with parquet flooring and exquisite relief's.

 

 

 

CONTACTS

 

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
Bohemia Road
Hastings
TN34 1ET 

 

Tel: 01424 451052

 

Gonzalo J. Alvarez – Marine Biologist - United Nations Association

 

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

Driving: We are just off of Bohemia Road via the A21. The museum entrance is opposite the turning onto Falaise Road.

Bus: You can get to us by bus on the 24, 99, 100, 101, 304, 305 and 349. The bus stop is Summerfields Leisure Centre

Train: Hastings Train Station is approximately a 7-minute walk from the Museum. You can also take one of the buses listed above from the station plaza to the Museum.

Walking (Hastings Town Centre): We are a 7-minute walk from Hastings Town Centre via Cambridge Road and Bohemia Road and we are on your right before Summerfields Leisure Centre.

Walking (from the pier): Walk up Schwerte Way, turn right onto White Rock Road then left onto Cambridge Road/Bohemia Road and we are on your right before Summerfields Leisure Centre. 

 

 

Jamie Bedwell, Olympic cyclist and plastic recycling advocate

 

ANTI-PLASTIC -Jamie Bedwell is seen here on the SeaVax stand. With his work on reducing plastic packaging, combined with beach cleaning in Sussex, the collective is helping to change attitudes. It is estimated that one hundred SeaVax machines could stem the 8 million ton tide from the 10 worst polluting rivers in the world. Would you believe that just 10 rivers contribute over 90% of the problem. This is a problem that is known to the United Nations and G20, but they will not fund ocean cleaning, or even take responsibility for waste from the rivers on their own geographical regions.

 

The SeaVax team continue to develop the energy harvesting system for use for zero carbon ocean transport. Where plastic recovery is not an IMO priority, there are EU (Horizon 2020) and DOT (MaRI) calls for proposals for more efficient marine operations. Ironically, SeaVax came from a patent filed in 2013 as to autonomous shipping, that was finally granted in June 2019, now passed to the Foundation by the innovator on a free basis. 

 

 

     

 

WALKING THE TALK - Jamie Bedwell is a local athlete working in Podiatry, alongside his cycling career, so he knows a bit about pedals and feet. He is also concerned about the volume of single use plastic packaging in the sport related industries. The Genesis project is supported by the Sky Ocean Rescue Programme, working alongside the UK United Nations Association.

 

 

CLIMATE CHANGE - There has been a Climate Conference every year since the founding assembly at which many important Agreements as to targets and issues were raised and resolved for a better world. A better world is a place that is sustainable for future generations.

 

1995 COP 1, BERLIN, GERMANY
1996 COP 2, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
1997 COP 3, KYOTO, JAPAN
1998 COP 4, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
1999 COP 5, BONN, GERMANY
2000:COP 6, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
2001 COP 7, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
2002 COP 8, NEW DELHI, INDIA
2003 COP 9, MILAN, ITALY
2004 COP 10, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
2005 COP 11/CMP 1, MONTREAL, CANADA
2006 COP 12/CMP 2, NAIROBI, KENYA
2007 COP 13/CMP 3, BALI, INDONESIA
2008 COP 14/CMP 4, POZNAN, POLAND
2009 COP 15/CMP 5, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
2010 COP 16/CMP 6, CANCUN, MEXICO
2011 COP 17/CMP 7, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
2012 COP 18/CMP 8, DOHA, QATAR
2013 COP 19/CMP 9, WARSAW, POLAND
2014 COP 20/CMP 10, LIMA, PERU
2015 COP 21/CMP 11, PARIS, FRANCE
2016 COP 22/CMP 12/CMA 1, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
2017 COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 2, BONN, GERMANY
2018 COP 24/CMP 14/CMA 3, KATOWICE, POLAND
2019 COP 25/CMP 15/CMA 4 TBA, SANTIAGO, CHILE

 

 

 

 

GRETA THUNBERG - is a Swedish climate activist. At the COP24 climate talks in Poland, December 2018, Miss Thunberg addressed the Secretary-General of the United Nations. She received a standing ovation for one of her talks. She is behind the global school strike created to call attention to climate change. She is a rebel with a cause. Miss Thunberg was 15 when she said: "I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is." She is one of the most powerful voices on the world stage demanding the world address global warming. Go Greta!

 

 

DESERTIFICATION COP HISTORY

 

COP 1: Rome, Italy, 29 Sept to 10 Oct 1997

COP 9: Buenos Aires, Argentina, 21 Sept to 2 Oct 2009

COP 2: Dakar, Senegal, 30 Nov to 11 Dec 1998

COP 10: Changwon, South Korea, 10 to 20 Oct 2011

COP 3: Recife, Brazil, 15 to 26 Nov 1999

COP 11: Windhoek, Namibia, 16 to 27 Sept 2013

COP 4: Bonn, Germany, 11 to 22 Dec 2000

COP 12: Ankara, Turkey, 12 to 23 Oct 2015

COP 5: Geneva, Switzerland, 1 to 12 Oct 2001

COP 13: Ordos City, China, 6 to 16 Sept 2017

COP 6: Havana, Cuba, 25 August to 5 Sept 2003

COP 14: New Delhi, India, 2 to 13 Sept 2019

COP 7: Nairobi, Kenya, 17 to 28 Oct 2005

COP 15:  2020

COP 8: Madrid, Spain, 3 to 14 Sept 2007

COP 16:  2021

 

 

Extinction Rebellion on Hastings Pier

 

 

BIODIVERSITY COP HISTORY

 

COP 1: 1994 Nassau, Bahamas, Nov & Dec

COP 8: 2006 Curitiba, Brazil, 8 Mar

COP 2: 1995 Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov

COP 9: 2008 Bonn, Germany, May

COP 3: 1996 Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov

COP 10: 2010 Nagoya, Japan, Oct

COP 4: 1998 Bratislava, Slovakia, May

COP 11: 2012 Hyderabad, India

EXCOP: 1999 Cartagena, Colombia, Feb

COP 12: 2014 Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, Oct

COP 5: 2000 Nairobi, Kenya, May

COP 13: 2016 Cancun, Mexico, 2 to 17 Dec

COP 6: 2002 The Hague, Netherlands, April

COP 14: 2018 Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 17 to 29 Nov

COP 7: 2004 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb

COP 15: 2020 Kunming, Yunnan, China

 

 

 

 

 

United Nations laurel planet logo      Extinction Rebellion, Hastings & St Leonards climate change activists

 

LINKS & REFERENCE

 

https://xrhsl.org/

https://strandliners.org/

http://www.energisesussexcoast.co.uk/

http://sarahmacbeth.com/

https://www.ryenews.org.uk/living/news-about-beach-clean-surveys

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/our-sustainable-planet-tickets-65871991901

http://www.hmag.org.uk/

https://twitter.com/JbTriathlete

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/andrew-durling-9408853a

https://www.brightondolphinproject.org/

https://twitter.com/strandliner

https://www.sas.org.uk/rep/colin-darbyshire/

http://www.sustainabilityonsea.org.uk/

http://www.un.org/climatechange/

 

 

Seavax ready for Innovate UK in London 2015 Seavax floatating and plastic filtration experiments in 2016 Sucking up floating plastic from a water basin, experimental testing The Mayor of Eastbourne on the Seavax stand at Refill 2018

 

SEAVAX - Was born in 2015, tank tested in 2016, with ongoing development of the ocean plastic filtration system through 2017-19. After extensive lobbying and negative responses from the G20, UN and EU, the project will now push to develop the intellectual property to advance the state of knowledge of mankind, ready for when our politicians decide to take action to stop toxic plastic poisoning our fish stocks. In the two centre pictures you can see the SeaVax proof of concept model extracting plastic from simulated seawater in a water test tank. The boat successfully collected floating plastic via the subsurface collector head, storing it in a chamber, while returning clean (filtered) water back into the tank. Chris Close was at the Sustainable Planet event in Hastings, speaking to the public and exchanging information with the speakers before and after the event, explaining that this is zero carbon technology, hence sustainable.

 

 

Revolving show stand made from 95% recycled parts and materials

SeaVax on display at Hastings museum and Chris Close engaging with a member of the public

 

OCEAN DUSTCART -SeaVax is a selective filtration machine that will be configured to target solid plastics and particles. The machine could also be used in oil spill emergencies, or as a selective fishing vessel for harvesting of alternative marine produce. The platform could thus be useful in many ways, leaving traditional fishermen to catch their quotas in a move to more efficient use of our ocean resources. The vessel is solar and wind powered using a near identical energy harvesting system (only smaller) to the zero carbon Climate Change Challenger and Coastal Ferry projects that are the subject of bids for funding through 2020-21. SeaVax was on display at the Hastings Museum on the 26th September 2019.

 

 

 This website is provided on a free basis as a public information service. copyright © Cleaner Oceans Foundation Ltd (COFL) (Company No: 4674774) 2019. Solar Studios, BN271RF, United Kingdom. COFL is a charity without share capital. The names AmphiMax, RiverVax and SeaVax are trade  names used under license by COF in connection with their 'Feed The World' ocean cleaning sustainability campaign.

 

 

 

 

OUR SUSTAINABLE PLANET HASTINGS MUSEUM & ART GALLERY SUSSEX UN ASSOCIATION BEXHILL 26 SEPTEMBER 2019