The other climate change subsidy: cattle

More on the vegan theme – this time from Make Wealth History…. If current growth trends in meat and dairy continue, then agriculture will take up the entire global greenhouse gas budget by 2050.

Make Wealth History

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the G7 and its general failure to curb fossil fuel subsidies. I’ve also written a lot about the impact of meat eating, and the climate emissions of beef. But it occurred to me that I’ve never put the two together and looked at the impact of lifestock subsidies on climate change.

Lots of countries use agricultural subsidies of one kind or another, perhaps making fertiliser or equipment cheaper, or reducing the costs of water and irrigation. The EU, the United States, and a number of others subsidise livestock and feed. Taken together, OECD subsidies for animal products add up to tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer support, as this graphic from the Meat Atlas shows:

These subsidies might be payments to farmers per head of cattle, or support for building new facilities or animal housing. There are export incentives…

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#SustWeek18 – a model for engaging the local community towards change

Transition Network have published a great review blog of Sustainable St Albans Week 2018 – with some fantastic photos! It’s good to get some national coverage #respect #transition #SustWeek18 #climatechange


#plasticfree Community Picnic – Launch of Plastic Free St Albans during Sustainable St Albans Week 2018

Open Food Garden Sun 8th July 3-5pm

via Open Food Garden Sun 8th July 3-5pm

What do you do at a weekend in a heat-wave when there’s no Wimbledon and no footie?

Come and be inspired at our free Open Food Garden event – anytime between 3-5pm.

These events are friendly, fun and informal. You are invited to come and have a look round, even get a cup of tea and cake if you are lucky! Talk to the plants, chat to the gardener or other visitors!  Come on your own or bring a neighbour! See what fruit and vegetables can be grown at home! Get tips and advice on designing your vegetable plot and how to deal with critters! The events are free – we welcome suggested £2 donation to help us cover our costs.

Sun 8th July 3-5pm              23 Gresford Close, St Albans, AL4 OUB

This small garden has a wide range of fruit and vegetables. They are currently picking gooseberries, loganberries, various beans, cucumber, Swiss chard. Also growing figs, cherries, blackberries, sweet corn, courgettes, carrots, herbs and more.groupchildren

May and June 2018 Roundup

Hear the latest from our partners at Plastic Free St Albans

Plastic Free St Albans


A quick roundup of progress since our launch in April. It’s been busy – thank you to everyone who has shown such enthusiasm for the campaign! Make sure you check out our Plastic Free St Albans Map to see all the businesses that are getting on board.

  • Our crowdfunder with the Inn on the Park for a 2 Minute Litter Pick board for Verulamium Park was installed in time for the good weather and the mess that comes with it. Big thanks to Andrew from Shape Up Fitness for the fundraiser volleyball class which provided the final push. Now – get litter picking everyone! This will help to stop plastic getting into the River Ver, and affecting wildlife!
  • We heard from another plastic free, local online business – check out Tallula Little’s lovely baby products
  • Lots more pubs ditched plastic straws: thanks to the Prae Wood Arms, The Gate

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Thurs & Friday events #SustWeek18

Thursday 26th April

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St Albans BID
St Peter’s Street – West side, St Albans AL1 3JE.
9am – 4pm.  FREE!

Drop by at our marquee to find out how you can #lovelocal and support your City’s businesses to flourish sustainably. You may even pick up some discounts and money-saving tips too!

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Affinity Water
St Peter’s Street – West side, St Albans AL1 3JE.
9am – 4pm.  FREE!

As part of creating a more sustainable St Albans, Affinity Water will be along side St Albans BID promoting water efficiency and the new Refill St Albans Campaign.

Veolia UK Ltd
St Peter’s Street – West side St Albans AL1 3JE.
10am – 4pm.  FREE!

Munch the Lorry will be on tour – today in St Albans, encouraging children and their parents to put the right thing in the right bin. Come and meet Munch!

AECOM House, Victoria Street, St Albans AL1 3ER.
6pm – 8pm.  FREE!

Speakers (who live/work in St Albans): Geraint John (St Albans Civic Society), Nicola Gillen (AECOM) and Ant Wilson (AECOM) on architecture, building engineering and interior design for health, sustainability and well being.  Book:

St Albans District Woodcraft Folk
Nomansland Common – meet at Ferrers Lane Car Park AL4 8EJ.
6.15pm – 7.45pm.  FREE!

Come and play with the Woodcraft Folk -for children aged 6-9 and their families. All welcome. Arrive 6pm for 6.15pm start.  Email for info and to book your space.

St Albans Liberal Democrats
Marlborough Road Methodist Church, Marlborough Road, St Albans AL1 3XG.
7.30pm – 9pm.  FREE!

Making transport affordable, enjoyable and environmentally sustainable. Former Lib Dem transport minister Norman Baker talks on the revolution in transport systems. Norman was Managing Director of the solar-powered bus company ‘The Big Lemon’.


Friday 27th April

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HSBC UK Breeze by British Cycling
Leave from Harpenden Cycles, Southdown, Harpenden AL5 1QQ.
10am – 2pm.  FREE!

We are heading along the lanes east of Harpenden, to a favourite chocolate shop! We colour code rides to help you choose. Blazing Blue rides are 20 – 30 miles and 9 – 11mph. Women only. Booking essential. Full details on booking.

Hertfordshire WasteAware Partnership
Premier Inn, 1 Adelaide Street, St Albans AL3 5BH.
Drop off: 11am – 12 noon. Swishing event: 1pm – 4pm.  FREE!

Drop off clothes/accessories to swap 11am – 12 noon; get tokens for items donated; have a coffee/go shopping.  Swishing event runs between 1pm – 4pm.

St Albans District Woodcraft Folk
Nomansland Common – meet at Ferrers Lane Car Park AL4 8EJ.
6.15pm – 7.45pm.  FREE!

Come and play with the Woodcraft Folk – for children and young people in groups aged 6 – 9, 10 – 12 and 13 – 15. Arrive 6pm for 6.15pm start. Email for info and to book your space:

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Thinking Box
Trinity URC, 1 Beaconsfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RD.
7.30pm – 10pm.  £3 on the door; £2 concessions.

Global Sustainability Thinking Box – Join us to watch two short films, each followed by facilitated small group and plenary discussions. (max 60).

Ver Poets
St Michael’s Parish Centre next to the church , St Michael’s Street, AL3.
8pm – 10pm.  FREE!

Reading poems on Sustainability themes, written by members or selected from anthologies. Please, if you wish, bring your own poem to read, or just come to enjoy some poetry.  All welcome.