Eastbourne Carbon Neutral 2030 Bulletin June 2021

Since 1974, World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on 5 June, engaging governments, businesses and citizens in an effort to address pressing environmental issues. 
This year World Environment Day 2021 saw the UN launch their Decade On Restoration. https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent a mass extinction. It will only succeed if everyone plays a part.
This month’s bulletin hopes to inspire you to get involved and see what you can restore.

What is Ecosystem Restoration?
Ecosystem restoration means assisting in the recovery of ecosystems that have been damaged or destroyed, as well as conserving the ecosystems that are still intact. Healthier ecosystems, with richer wildlife, yield greater benefits such as more fertile soils, bigger yields of timber and fish, and larger stores of greenhouse gases. Restoration can happen in many ways – for example through actively planting or by removing pressures so that nature can recover on its own. It is not always possible – or desirable – to return an ecosystem to its original state. We still need farmland and infrastructure on land that was once forest, for instance, and ecosystems, like societies, need to adapt to a changing climate.
Find out more at:https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/what-ecosystem-restoration

Why do we need to be involved?
Restoration and other natural solutions can deliver one third of the mitigation needed by 2030 to keep global warming below 2C while also helping societies and economies adapt to climate change     
 Street trees provide a reduction of around 0.5 to 2.0° C in summer maximum air temperatures                               Approximately 30% of natural freshwater ecosystems have disappeared since 1970.40% of insect species are declining with the total amount of insects falling by 2.5% every year
Land degradation could reduce global food productivity by 12%, causing food prices to soar by up to 30% by 2040.Up to 700 million people are predicted to migrate because of land degradation and climate change by 2050.

How do I help?
Take responsibility – we can all do something, even it’s small, it all adds up. See the Eastbourne Plan for Action
Get involved with Decade Restoration Take part in the Wildlife Trusts ‘30 Days Wild 2021‘ throughout JuneDo a litter pick – you can do this yourself or in with an organised group.
Find out more on the Council website’Go Wild at Home‘ with Sussex Wildlife Trust’Plant a tree for the Jubilee’ and join the Queen’s Green Canopy initiativeGet planting with the ‘Plant Britain’ campaignChoose to reuse!
Get rid of your single use plastic drinks and get involved with World Refill Day on 16th June
Buy less stuff! Re-use and upcycle with groups like Freegle or find online blogs like this one via your search engine.

Photo of a bee on a flowerECO-Action NetworkWe make a difference
Over the past year we felt a strong sense of community; a reconnection with nature and understood that our actions individually and collectively make a huge difference.
The HM Government’s new Environment Bill seeks to introduce a new legal framework in respect of air pollution, water quality and nature conservation. We’re in the process of submitting a consultation to the House of Lords Committee Stage that will strengthen the requirement for property developers to achieve a biodiversity net gain on their new sites.
You can read more about biodiversity net gain and the Environment Bill here: https://www.biodiversityinplanning.org/news/bd-net-gain/
Have your say – drop your ideas here, or submit a blog
We’re gathering ideas from the town that will help us move towards our local goal to reduce carbon emissions, and protect the environment.
You can add your contribution here: https://yrpri.org/group/2682Read our blogs, or submit a guest blog here: https://ecoactioneb.co.uk/blog
Get Active join in
Join our Biodiversity and Food Group here: https://ecoactioneb.co.uk/action/biodiversity-food-group
You can join our community, and other action groups/partners here: https://ecoactioneb.co.uk/action

Bespoke Eastbourne logoA request to people who love Eastbourne  
Many problems we see don’t have to be this way. There’s an epidemic of preventable ill-health and increasing pollution and congestion.
Many common medical problems are preventable and improvable with the level of regular exercise that you get from active travel. Most car journeys are under 5 miles – an easy distance by cycle.
Most UK adults say it is too dangerous on our roads. There’s a vicious cycle. Other places have made changes: Paris and Manchester are becoming less car-dependent. It would be lovely for children to walk or cycle to school.
Bespoke cycle group have been campaigning for safe cycle routes for 12 years. We’ve had mass rides. We had a petition of 3000 signatures requesting a seafront cycle route. Each suggested route gets opposition – from people who can’t see potential or don’t like change. Now, we need your help! We need all sorts of people to join us (for free) and shape the future.
Please: – look at our website www.bespokecyclegroup.org.uk – sign up for newsletters at http://eepurl.com/g6gGnX  – come to meetings (3rd Wednesday of each month – check website! Usually 8pm upstairs room at Bibendum)