Go Green Day

A big call out for everyone to take part!

This year we’re all gearing up towards Go Green! A national day on Friday 19 October, where everyone wears something green to show their support for Size of Wales. This could be as extravagant as a green wig and green facepaint or a subtle as green socks or a green necklace. But the main thing is that everyone can get involved.

So far we’ve had lots of schools wanting to Go Green! They’re holding no school uniform days, up and down the country. Businesses are also taking part with dress down days. In fact, any workplace can take part. It really is very easy. Simply wear something green or do something ‘green themed’ and donate £1 to the Size of Wales.

£1 will help protect an area of rainforest the size of one rugby pitch. We’re excited about supporting the rainforest, and we want to have fun in the process.

Here are some of the ideas that we’ve had so far….

– Wear something green to work or school/college

– Hold a Green Fashion Show or clothes swap

– Take pictures of your ‘greenness’

– Take some face paint into work and get on the attack!

– Paint something green e.g. light bulb

– Have one meal that is 100% green in your canteen

– Change your facebook profile picture green

– Bake green cup cakes for everyone

– Write everything in green ink (with a good excuse)

– Green nail varnish (you know you want to)

– Green cocktail party after work

We need you to make Go Green Day massive! Come on Wales!

Be as creative as you like and have as much fun as you can. It could be your only chance to wear that Christmas jumper or novelty skirt that you can’t bear to throw away.

Take lots of photos, as we’ll also be launching a photo competition.

Register for Go Green Day

Source : Size of ales 2012 Events

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Identification and mobilization of #Solar Potentials via #Local Strategies

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POLIS (Identification and mobilization of solar Potentials via Local Strategies) is a European funded project under the Intelligent Energy – Europe Programme aiming at the implementation of strategic town planning and local policy measures to activate the solar ability of urban structures in European cities. Within the framework of POLIS project, CAAC member Lisbon in Portugal together with the Atlantic City of Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain and Lyon and Paris in France, Munich in Germany, Malmö in Sweden have committed to develop :

•  Pilot Actions: short-term priorities such as identification of solar potentials, development and implementation of town planning measures…
•  Action Plan: long-term strategic action plans to integrate solar energy at urban level embedded in overall  planning strategies of participating cities

Within the solar Action Plans developed by POLIS Cities, more than 60 short-term measures have been identified to support the upgrade of solar energy at urban level.
To promote solar energy at urban level cities will focuses on 4 key issues:

    Urban and building structures;
•    Energy supply and consumption structure;
•    Existing solar actions and measures;
•    Urban planning practices regarding solar energy

From this perspective, POLIS project brings together local authorities with different experiences and varying states of urban development, to share their knowledge on solar town planning and encourage further activities within the scope of an expert network for cities.

Finally, POLIS project will be described and evaluated as a background for the development of planning references and legal guidelines, in order to disseminate best practice transfer to other cities that represent a major outcome of the project.

Source: CAAC

Water pollution and Citizenship: Potamos River

SOURCE: WATERWIKI

The Water Framework Directive creates a legal framework for the protection and restoration of clean waters across the European Union (the official title is Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy). The Directive, which entered into force in December 2000, provides common principles, approaches and requirements for water management in the European Union; it also leaves broad leeway for Member State individual approaches. The Directive addresses EU surface waters, including coastal waters, as well as groundwater. By 2015, Member States are to achieve “good water status”, a term that incorporates both chemical parameters (i.e. low pollution levels) as well as ecological ones (healthy ecosystems).
Under the Directive, water management is based on River Basins. EU Member States set up river basin districts and designate the administrative unit for each district: in many Member States, these are water councils. Where a river basin includes more than one Member State or crosses from the EU to neighboring countries, the Directive calls for the creation of an international river basin district. Both national and international districts should prepare management plans by 2009, and these provide a form of IWRM planning.
However, as Thanos Kafkalidis explained in Gijon, sometimes it is better to take individual and direct action; even if the endeavour would take long. You can see his presentation here

ANATOLE: The importance of local production in cities

In comparison to an economy based on production exported abroad, a proximity economy seeks to produce and develop goods and services within a specific area, based on the needs of the people living within. AC3A, the association of agricultural chambers of commerce with the Atlantic Arc City Conference has set up a project under the title Atlantic Networks’ Abilities for Towns to Organise Local Economy (ANATOLE).
Co-financed by the European Union – ERDF, on the Atlantic Area Programme, ANATOLE Project seeks to analyse strengths and weaknesses of aspects relating to proximity economies in order to draw up, alter the appropriate diagnosis, proximity economy engineering under the auspices of the region’s cities. ANATOLE therefore seeks to grant cities a coordinating role, using new and innovative proximity economy organisational methods. The project brings together rural operators, organisations which mediate between producers and cities, and the cities or other regional bodies from the Atlantic Arc.

The project, which was also presented at the Niort meeting, has its own website and blog. Please visit, share and comment.