Thanks to Ryburn 3 Step’s benefit gig at Sowerby Bridge Working Men’s Club on Friday 9th May, Calderdale 38 Degrees NHS put the fun into fundraising to support their campaign to Save Calderdale and Huddersfield A&Es. Continue reading
The most popular stories on Changing More Than Lightbulbs over the last 28 days have been:
- Hebden Bridge Matters…To Hibu/Yell Ltd. This is a real surprise – it’s consistently been in the top ten stories for the last three months, since I posted it in the New Year. It wasn’t a post I thought many people would be interested in, but I thought it needed saying.
- Dr Chris Day’s report: New NHS commissioning will put profits above healthcare, and other posts about resistance to the backdoor privatisation of the NHS being engineered through Health & Social Care Act changes that are due to come into effect on April 1st – let’s make sure we’re not April Fools
- Various posts about Incredible Edible Mytholm and Growing Futures
- Various Ban the Burn and related posts, including: Natural England Report shows conservation laws fail to protect blanket bog areas from burning damage, and Hebden Bridge residents will have opportunity to help develop new Uplands guidance
- FOI request – Calderdale MBC £9.2m investment in Private Finance Initiative Bradford Waste Incinerator and the related (later) post: Defra withdraws PFI funding for Bradford/Calderdale waste incinerator
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Over the last 2 weeks 1403 visitors read posts on Changing More Than Lightbulbs.
Top stories over last 2 weeks:
- Hebden Bridge Matters…to Hibu/Yell Ltd (263)
- Conservation watchdog’s approval of grouse shooting estate operations on protected moors may fail key legal test (123)
- Ban the Burn Takes blanket bog campaign to Brussels(71)
- Oxford Real farming Conference 2013 (71)
- Incredible Edible Mytholm (67)
- Switching to a renewable energy supplier (56)
- Blanket bog – its global significance, erosion, hydrology & (mis)management (42)
- Environmental Audit Committee let Natural England off the hook about enforcing law on Walshaw Moor Estate (34)
- Government plans for reducing land and farming greenhouse gases (24)
- Media Matters (22)
Green Jobs and Justice
Here’s an interesting blog about Green Jobs and Justice by a Co-Director of the Otesha Project UK
Between them, these two groups are organising green job training schemes in East London, working with local colleges, trades unions and businesses which are offering placements to trainees.
As far as I know, nothing like this is happening in Calderdale. Why not? There’s a crying need for jobs in the area, particularly for young people, and there’s plenty of need for green work to be done in all kinds of sectors like home and businesses’ energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy generation, waste reduction and prevention, cradle to cradle production cycles etc. Calderdale College is opening a Sustainable Environmental Technology Centre in September 2013, so there will soon be young people with green skills – and looking for work.
18 per cent of Calderdale households are on the edge of poverty
- 18% are on the edge of poverty – 15,624 households
- Calderdale is ranked 116 in the UK out of 424
- This is is how the community breaks down
- Often indebted families living in low rise estates: 1,372 households, 1.5%
- Older families in low value housing in traditional industrial areas: 2,431, 2.7%
- Low income families occupying poor quality older terraces: 6,158, 7%
- South Asian communities experiencing social deprivation: 3,275, 3.7%