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Motherload In Corsham

The film Motherload is playing at the Pound Arts in Corsham on 1st October at 7.30pm.   MOTHERLOAD is a crowdsourced documentary about a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. Filmmaker Liz Canning cycled everywhere until she had twins in 2008. Hauling babies via car was not only unsustainable but took the freedom and adventure out of life, and Liz felt trapped. She Googled “family bike” and Continue reading →

Letter to Michelle Donelan

Ref http://www.transcoco.org.uk/michelle-donelan-responds/ Dear Michelle, Thank you for your response which I very much appreciated.  With respect to CO2 emissions, yes I acknowledge that over the last few years there have been great increases in energy efficiency, coal fired power stations have been replaced with more efficient gas and latterly increased renewable production which has significantly reduced carbon intensity as a scientific fact.  However, any scientific fact has well defined ‘assumptions’ and ‘scopes’ which in this case do not include international shipping, air travel and the embodied CO2 Continue reading →

Michelle Donelan Responds

See previous Letter to Michelle: http://www.transcoco.org.uk/letter-to-michelle-donelan/ Dear Richard, Thank you for your reply. I can confirm that the claim you reference in your first line is absolutely incorrect. It is not a government claim that C02 has fallen by nearly 40% since 1990, it is a scientific fact. I would urge you to read the following short brief: https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-why-the-uks-co2-emissions-have-fallen-38-since-1990 . I would also urge you to consider that the 40% is figure is actually rather conservative in its use, given that growing population figures meant that emissions Continue reading →

Carbon Neutral Wiltshire

Notes by Peter Harper, Transcoco March 2019 The Wiltshire County Council has adopted a policy of aiming towards ‘carbon neutrality’ by 2030. My impression is that they are not sure what this means. They appear to assume that ‘carbon-neutrality’ is a single and obvious thing, even if it needs boffins to work out the details. Unfortunately, it isn’t simple and there are many different understandings, so we have to sift through the various possible meanings, hoping perhaps to find one we can all agree on. Continue reading →

Corsham Town Council Cycling Strategy

Corsham Town Council held its first cycling strategy meeting of recent times on Wednesday 15th May.  The councillors acknowledged that the encouragement of cycling had multiple benefits connected with Corsham’s Strategic Plan and the strong desire to reduce carbon emissions.   Whilst a network of separate cycle paths serving Corsham and outwards for commutable distances would be the ideal the following objectives were put forward by the group:   Work with Chippenham Town Council to facilitate a safe cycle route between Corsham and Chippenham. Develop Continue reading →

Letter To Michelle Donelan

Dear Michelle,   thank you for your response where you highlight the governments claim to have reduced CO2 emissions by 40% since 1990.  I note that Ms Thunberg rebuked the government for quoting this figure as it does not include aviation, shipping and imports.  Ms Thunberg said that the real figure was closer to 10% but that depends on how the accounting is done and as we all know accountants can be very ‘creative’.     My concern in this response is the contribution of transport Continue reading →

A week is a long time in Climate Change Politics

Suddenly Climate Change is on the political agenda and there is real pressure on government, big business and the fossil fuel industry. Many conditions have come together to bring about the last weeks action, but the catalyst of this is down to one person, Greta Thunberg. It’s difficult to believe that she only started her campaign last August 2018 outside the Swedish parliament but this is how these things happen. The last weeks action by Extinction Rebellion has done more to advance the issue of Continue reading →

Reduce Climate Change by investing in Walking and Cycling

Wiltshire Council has recently declared a Climate Emergency and so Transcoco has decided to propose a number of changes that could be done to address this issue. The following proposal is for a realignment of Wiltshire Council’s transport spending so that it prioritises Walking and Cycling. Why Transport CO2 emissions in the UK are generally going down because many of the old Coal and Oil fired power stations are being closed. But Transport is the only sector where CO2 emissions are going up. This is Continue reading →

The case for traffic free cycle paths

Building and maintaining traffic free cycle paths should be a national priority in this country? But it is not, why? There’s huge sections of national government in this country that extols the benefits of cycling for reducing obesity and type 2 diabetes levels, reduces pollution, congestion and all those other good things and yet there is no investment. Even the wiltshire cycling strategy provides a detailed list of advantages of cycling and the respective cost savings to the country. Lets look at the local situation Continue reading →