That was a fascinating, challenging and fact filled day, all about how to try to save our beautiful world in the face of the climate emergency. We didn’t get a chance to see the electric vehicles as we wanted to hear each talk.
We heard about the experimental United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project which is tapping into the granite hot rocks; we heard what Cornwall Council are doing having declared a Climate Emergency some weeks ago – one of which is the wild flowers planting; we heard about wind turbines and solar power and we heard from Nikki Jones, one of the leading environment speakers about why this is an emergency. It was all engrossing.
Molly Scott Cato, Green Party MEP for our area, rounded of the day with an inspiring speech that left the audience in no doubt as to what needs to be done.
The following graph pleased me, not for the end result of the rise in Carbon emissions which is very worrying but for the way it shows how the trees breathe. When all the trees green up in Spring they absorb the carbon dioxide so the graph spike goes down and when they lose the leaves in Autumn they can absorb far less so the spike goes up. It might be called the Baldocchi effect but I didn’t quite catch what the speaker said. Anyone out there know?
The whole event was brilliantly organised by a group of committed people in a very small village, Chacewater, just a ten minute bus ride away from us.