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CK Futures welcomes local residents to free, monthly talks on varied subjects including composting, recycling, electric vehicles and all things climate related. These talks are free of charge.

Talks are held at various places in Charlton Kings including the Stanton Hall on Church Piece and FRONT Community Hub on London Road.

February CK Futures Talk

CK Futures Talk - Responding to the Energy Crisis

FULL DETAILS OF TALK COMING SOON...

ABOUT SANDY HORE-RUTHVEN MBE

Sandy is the CEO of Severn Wye Energy Agency – one of the UK's largest charities tackling fuel poverty and Climate Change across Wales and Western England. It works to support those struggling with fuel poverty through advice and retrofitting their homes. Each year Severn Wye supports 7000 households, saving over £1.5m in energy bills. Severn Wye also invests in cutting edge technology to capture carbon and generate renewable energy saving over 20,000 tonnes of Carbon each year. Sandy has been a charity CEO since 2006 managing large charities supporting young people and disadvantaged communities across the UK.

Sandy was the Green Party Mayoral candidate in the elections in 2021 and received 44% of the vote – the largest green vote outside Brighton.

He is currently chair of Children in Need in the South West and has held a number of board positions including the Chair of Youth Action Networks and VOSCUR and has been a board member of the Quartet Community Foundation. He was founder member of the Bristol Mayor's 'One City' board where he initiated the plans to reach Net Zero by 2030 and worked with business, charities, communities, and local authorities to tackle a range of other environmental issues.

Sandy has cycled in many places across the globe including the Andes, the Tibetan Plateau, Himalayas, and central Africa. He has two adopted children who are grown up and making their way in the world.

The talk will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22nd February in the Stanton Hall (next to the Charlton Kings Library), Charlton Kings.

This is a free event hosted by CK Futures, a Charlton Kings Parish Council Initiative.

You can book this free event via Eventbrite

January CK Futures Talk

CK Futures Talk - An Introduction to Doughnut Economics

Join us in th Stanton Hall on Church Piece, next to Charlton Kings Library, for an introductory talk on economics featuring The Liminality's, Raechel Kelly.

Kate Raworth, the author and economist behind the award winning Doughnut Economics book of 2017, came up with the theory after becoming increasingly disillusioned with the state of economics and the core theories we have based our economic system upon.

Come along to this interactive event to learn more about the doughnut concept, explore the seven key ideas behind it and maybe question some of our long held assumptions about the current economic system.

What is GDP? Why the obsession with growth? Is there another way? How can we get into the sweet spot where both people and planet can thrive?

There might even be some actual doughnuts involved!

The talk will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25th January in the Stanton Hall (next to the Charlton Kings Library), Charlton Kings.

This is a free event hosted by CK Futures, a Charlton Kings Parish Council Initiative.

You can book this event Free via Eventbrite.

ABOUT RAECHEL KELLY

Raechel Kelly is a local mother of three who works in the sustainability sector, helping organisations of all sizes tackle complex environmental and social issues. She is also working with local charity Vision 21 on an exciting new project 'Planet Cheltenham', which aims to empower Cheltenham's citizens to take meaningful action on climate change. Before setting up her sustainability consultancy The Liminality, Raechel spent 13 years working in sustainable finance.

November CK Futures Talk

CK Futures Talk - The Science of Trees and Climate

Join us in the Community Hub at FRONT on London Road as Patricia Thornley, Director of Supergen Bioenergy Hub joins us to discuss the question, do trees really help fight climate change?

In this fascinating talk, Patricia evaluates the science of planting trees to save carbon, discusses other forest and deforestation related controversies and shares some of the ways trees benefit all of us.

The talk will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday 30th November in Community Hub at FRONT, 197 London Road, Sixways, Charlton Kings, GL52 6HU.

This is a free event hosted by CK Futures, a Charlton Kings Parish Council Initiative.

You can book this event Free via Eventbrite.

October CK Futures Talk

CK Futures Talk - How to Make the Invisible, Visible – a Blueprint for Tackling the Climate and Ecological Emergencies

Join us at a talk hosted by CK Futures, featuring Birmingham City Council's Green City Manager, Nick Grayson. He will discuss how we can fix the climate and ecological emergencies and will talk about the extensive work he has done in Birmingham.

Nick is passionate about transforming cities to create places that deliver wellbeing for the planet and for their citizens.

Towards this aim, during his time as Green City Manager in Birmingham, Nick has implemented a plan to tackle issues in four main areas: Climate, Nature, People and Justice (or health and wellbeing). In this fascinating talk, he will talk us through this plan, the benefits of it, and how it can be made a reality, and to see what might transfer to Cheltenham or Charlton Kings.

The talk will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday 26th October in the Stanton Hall (next to the Charlton Kings Library), Charlton Kings.

ABOUT NICK GRAYSON

Nick is Birmingham's Green City Manager and he established Birmingham as a founding member of the Biophilic Cities Network and in 2022 saw the city commit to a City of Nature, a 25-year vision to put nature at the heart of decision-making. Nick is also a Senior Research Fellow at University of Birmingham working on air quality.

You can book this event Free via Eventbrite.

September CK Futures Film

Join us in the Stanton Hall in Charlton Kings to see the powerful and inspiring environmental film 2040, being screened by CK Futures as part of The Great Big Green Week.

This free showing is bought to you in collaboration with Cheltenham Borough Council.

While many environmental films focus on the damage being done to the planet that threatens human existence, this documentary-style film 2040 focuses instead on solutions.

Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.

Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

Watch the trailer https://youtu.be/sR51ZDNSRFQ

Motivated by concerns about the planet his 4-year-old daughter would inherit, Damon embarked on a global journey to meet innovators and changemakers in the areas of economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, education and sustainability. Drawing on their expertise, he sought to identify the best solutions, available to us now, that would help improve the health of our planet and the societies that operate within it. From marine permaculture to decentralised renewable energy projects, he discovered that people all over the world are taking matters into their own hands.

This journey is the central premise for the documentary '2040', a story of hope that looks at the very real possibility that humanity could reverse global warming and improve the lives of every living thing in the process. It is a positive vision of what 'could be', instead of the dystopian future we are so often presented.

The film is being screened on Friday 30th September at the Stanton Hall on Church Piece, Church Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL53 8AR. Doors open at 7.00pm (refreshments available) and the film will begin at 7.30pm. There will be a discussion about the film afterwards.

This is a free event hosted by CK Futures, a Charlton Kings Parish Council Initiative.

You can book this event free via Eventbrite.

Summer Break for July and August

June CK Futures Talk

Join us at Community Hub at FRONT on London Road, Sixways as Tom Whipple, Science Editor of the Times, and Patricia Thornley, Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering explore the science, some of the solutions available to us, and discuss how Government, business, communities and individuals can play their part in tackling climate change.

The talk is on Weds 8th June at the Community Hub at FRONT, Sixways, Charlton Kings. Doors will open at 7.30pm (refreshments available) and the talk will start at 8pm.

This is a free event hosted by CK Futures, a Charlton Kings Parish Council Initiative.

You can book this event free via Eventbrite.

May CK Futures Talk

Join us in the Stanton Hall next to the Charlton Kings Library as Rob Gould, the Cotswold Forager and Jenn Haigh, owner of Little Hoots Forest School in Charlton Kings, talk to us about family activities to engage children in nature.

Love the great outdoors but want to engage your children beyond going for walks?

Rob and Jenn are ready to answer your questions in an informal setting where you will have lots of opportunities to ask questions.

This is a free event hosted by CK Futures, a Charlton Kings Parish Council Initiative.

You can book this event free via Eventbrite.

April CK Futures Talk

Join us in the Stanton Hall next to the Charlton Kings Library as Mike Bush, Gloucestershire Master Composter, teaches us about composting, worm poo and comfrey tea!

Know nothing about composting or your composting attempts fail?

Are you successfully composting but would like to find out about other composting methods such as leaf mould, vermicomposting and active aerated compost teas.

Mike is ready to answer all your questions and set you on the path to composting success!

This is a free event hosted by CK Futures, a Charlton Kings Parish Council Initiative.

You can book this free event via Eventbrite

March CK Futures Talk

Join us in the Stanton Hall next to the Charlton Kings Library as Karen Watson, Environmental Partnerships Manager at Cheltenham Borough Council, joins us to dispel the myths and explain the destinations of your kerb side recycling.

Cheltenham Borough Council is keen to engage with the local community to look at new ways of doing things to improve the recycling service in the future. Share your thoughts on how they might collect different plastics at kerbside and how they can make it easy for residents to increase levels of recycling in Cheltenham.

A great opportunity to ask questions and help to shape the future of recycling in Cheltenham.

This is a free event hosted by CK Futures, a Charlton Kings Parish Council Initiative.

You can book this free event via Eventbrite.

February CK Futures Talk

Join us in the Stanton Hall next to the Charlton Kings Library as Councillor Max Wilkinson, cabinet member for climate emergency, talks us through the Borough Council's Climate Emergency Action Plan.

The Plan sets the pathway to a Net Zero Borough, while highlighting the shared responsibilities across different levels of authority, including the Borough Council, County Council and government, as well as communities and businesses

This is a free event hosted by CK Futures, a Charlton Kings Parish Council Initiative.

You can book this free event via Eventbrite.

Last updated: Fri, 27 Jan 2023 12:44