Can we move Burpham’s Earth Overshoot Day?

Written by Ali Fisher

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date that human demands on planetary resources exceed what the planet is able to regenerate in a year.

In 2018, the global date of Earth Overshoot Day was 1st August. That’s equivalent to us humans using the resources of 1.7 earths in a year. We have been in ‘overshoot’ since the early 1970s (so that’s all of my life-time!). Last year, the UK’s Overshoot Day was 8th May.

Check out http://www.overshootday.org to calculate your personal Overshoot Day. Be warned you might not like what it tells you but it offers great insights into what is impacting your personal Overshoot Day and changes you can make.

So what can we do to #MoveTheDate in 2019 and stop taking more than our planet has to offer?

If we swap 50% of our driving miles for public transport, walking and cycling, Earth Overshoot Day could move back 12 daysi. Check out http://www.surreycc.gov.uk for inspiration for local cycling routes or if you need an added incentive to switch up your walking, the average Brit can burn between 80 and a 100 calories per mile walkedii.

Surrey is already leading the way on food recycling as the English local authority with the highest number of residents recycling food waste. Go Surrey!

If we can halve our carbon emissions, we can move Earth Overshoot Day back by a whopping 3 monthsiii.

Given the biggest global source of greenhouse gas emissions is electricity and heat productioniv, Burpham residents can help by reducing energy usage, whether it’s by switching to LED bulbs which use 80% less electricityv or clothes washing at cooler temps.

If we can reduce our food footprint through a more plant-based diet and cutting food waste, we can move Earth Overshoot Day back by 38 daysvi. Surrey is already leading the way on food recycling as the English local authority with the highest number of residents recycling food wastevii. Go Surrey! And an impressive one third of the UK say they have reduced the amount of meat they eat or taken it out of their diet altogetherviii.

 

Sources:
i, iii, vi, ix www.overshootday.org ii Wendy Bumgardner / Very Well Fit (2019) How many calories does walking burn per mile? www.verywellfit.com/walking-calories-burned-by-miles-3887154 (6 March 2019) BBC News (2010) Statistics reveal Britain’s ‘Mr and Mrs Average’ www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11534042 (6 March 2019) iv United States Environmental Protection Agency (no date) Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data (6 March 2019) v The Telegraph (2017) Should businesses see the light with LEDs? www.telegraph.co.uk/business/energy-efficiency/why-leds-are-good-for-businesses/ (6 March 2019) vii Waverley Borough Council (2018) Surrey top of the league for food waste recycling www.waverley.gov.uk/news/article/367/surrey_top_of_the_league_for_food_waste_recycling (6 March 2019) viii Rebecca Smithers / The Guardian (2018) Third of Britons have stopped or reduced eating meat – report www.theguardian.com/business/2018/nov/01/third-of-britons-have-stopped-or-reduced-meat-eating-vegan-vegetarian-report (6 March 2019)

 

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Guildford Flower Club: ‘Solo Plastic’

Wednesday 1st May 2019, 6.45 for 7.30pm start

The club will enjoy a demonstration entitled ‘Solo Plastic’ by the popular Jean Plasektt.

Visit Guildford Flower Club and see traditional and current ‘Floral Art’ trends by a variety of demonstrators. No knowledge of anything floral is needed to visit or join the club. Workshops are held regularly where members can gain new skills in a friendly and non-threatening environment.

We meet at Jacobs Well Village Hall. For more information about the club or workshop please call Cynthia Bromwich on 01483 772019.

Guildford Lions Charity Raft Race 2019

Saturday 6th July 2019

  • Raft assembly from 1.00pm
  • Mayor’s inspection 2.00pm
  • Race starts at 3.00pm

Come support the rafters or enter a team yourself! Free to spectators, £40 for raft entrants. Walk the tow-path, Family Friendly, BBQ & Bar at the Waterside Centre. Detailed information, entry forms and rules available at www.guildfordlions.com

Guildford Flower Club: ‘The F Factor’

Wednesday 5th June 2019, 6.45 for 7.30pm start

The club will be entertained by Stephanie Laing who will demonstrate ‘The F Factor’.

Visit Guildford Flower Club and see traditional and current ‘Floral Art’ trends by a variety of demonstrators. No knowledge of anything floral is needed to visit or join the club. Workshops are held regularly where members can gain new skills in a friendly and non-threatening environment.

We meet at Jacobs Well Village Hall. For more information about the club or workshop please call Cynthia Bromwich on 01483 772019.

Guildford Lions Club ‘Last Night of the Spring Proms’

Friday 10th May 2019, 7.30pm

The Guildford Lions Club are excited to announce the Last Night of the Spring Proms concert at GLive on Friday May 10th at 7.30pm. This charity concert, in support of Challengers and the Lions Welfare fund, is promoted by Guildford Lions Club in partnership with Magimix. Tickets are available from GLive by calling 01483 369350 or visit www.glive.co.uk

Who do you talk to?

Your partner? Your colleagues? Your dog?
We all talk to different people at different times – and sometimes the conversations are better than others!

Sometimes of course it really matters that we are talking to the right person. If it’s an emergency and we call 999, we’re asked which emergency service we require and it’s a good idea to make the right choice. There’s no point calling the fire brigade if someone’s had a heart attack, nor a medic if your house is on fire.

I wonder who you talk to about the big issues in life? Do you have someone you can wrestle things through with? Someone who won’t judge you, but listen and ask helpful questions? We all need people we can be honest with and know that we won’t be rejected or condemned. I find this is one of the great blessings of being part of the church here in Burpham – there is an amazing friendly community who are always willing to share life with others.

But we also have someone even better that we can talk to: whether things are going well or really tough. God is always available 24-7 and is ready to hear whatever is on our hearts. Perhaps you’ve seen the posters we’ve had up at both churches, with the invitation to trypraying. The logic goes like this – if God is real, well, then He will answer. Trypraying is a 7 day experiment to see what happens when you start talking to God. It’s worth a try isn’t it? Who knows what might happen? If you’re interested visit trypraying.co.uk to download or pop into church to pick up a booklet.

…being part of the church here in Burpham – there is an amazing friendly community who are always willing to share life with others.

If you are around in the day, you also might be interested to know that we have a new Alpha course starting shortly, on Wed 1st May. The perfect place to wrestle through those big issues in life with others on the same journey. Why not give it a try?

Rev Joanna Levasier

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Church office: 01483 825533
www.burphamchurch.org.uk

Guildford Walking for Health

Guildford Walking for Health offers FREE one-hour fast and slower health walks year-round on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, from Boxgrove shops, the car-park behind The Seahorse Inn Shalford, and from the car-park at The Jolly Farmer Worplesden. Come along, it’s fun! Get to know your local woodland and make new friends. All abilities welcome. Walks led by trained volunteer walk leaders. Wear waterproof footwear and bring a raincoat on rainy days. Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome. For more information visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk, email guildfordwfh@outlook.com or call Annelize on 07554 423010.

Celebrate 50 Years of the Surrey Jazz Orchestra

If you love the ambience of jazz, a little bit of big band and music that puts you somewhere in the war time era, come along and celebrate the 50th birthday of one of Surrey’s oldest performing bands! The Surrey Jazz Orchestra marks 50 years of performing with their existing 16 piece band: Tuesday 25th June 2019. They’ve chosen the fantastic Cherry Trees children’s charity as their beneficiary so please join the SJO and their loyal following at Jacobs Well Village Hall from 7.45pm onwards – tickets on the door £7.50pp, raffle and prizes for the best vintage get-up in honour of the night.