|The Blue Marble|
Farewell to Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group
Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group (PSEEG) held it’s final meeting on 20th July 2017 with a talk by Janet Roberts (Chair) on our changing climate.
The image which greeted members and friends was of planet Earth as seen from Apollo 17 in 1972. Extreme weather from around the world over the last few years was then shown. This included hurricanes, typhoons, droughts, record high temperatures, wild fires, record low temperatures and flooding.
Beautiful examples of vibrant life on coral reefs was then observed before seeing the reality of reefs affected by climate change. The same went for glaciers around the world. Looking at the Arctic and the way that global warming was placing the wildlife under increasing stress whilst the ice sheet on Greenland was reducing, was then displayed. Permafrost melting was causing the Inuit houses to be lost to the sea, blocks of flats in Siberia to collapse and the release of methane (a greenhouse gas) into the atmosphere.
In the Antarctic a large portion of the Larsen C Ice Shelf (a fifth of the size of Wales) has recently broken off, whilst on the Brunt Ice Shelf Halley VI – the British scientific base which had been operational since 1956 – had to be moved because of a chasm opening up fairly near to the base. Unfortunately another chasm – named Halloween – has now also appeared and for the first time in its 61 years the personnel has had to evacuate the base for their winter.
It was then shown that global warming had led to climate change and that the cause was directly due to the use of fossil fuels. A series of charts showed the rising temperatures and their connection to Carbon Dioxide ( CO2 ) emissions. The most worrying chart showed that over the last 800,000 years CO2 levels had never been above 300 ppm – evidence taken from ice cores from Antarctic. Recently CO2 levels have reached 400 ppm – evidence from National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. The warmest 10 years on record have been in this century except for 1998. 2016 ranks as the warmest.
For the first time it seems the term ‘expert’ has been used as an insult. However the Group would prefer to believe climatologists, meteorologists, environmentalists, oceanographers, glaciologists, geologists, hydrologists, marine biologists, ecologists and many more specialists who have spent their professional lives studying and understanding this subject.
A chart showing how contrarians or climate change deniers use a chart which shows consistently rising temperature is used and figures ‘cherry picked’ so that they can say temperatures have not risen in the last 16 years.
The Group were then shown what they could do. As individuals they could look at their own carbon footprint and find ways to reduce it. Nationally the answer is sustainable renewable energy. Photovoltaics, solar hot water, biomass, hydro, geothermal, wind – both onshore and off-shore - should all be encouraged.
Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is being cosidered by the government at the moment. This follows a Government review which fully recommended its go-ahead. It would be a world first. Unfortunately, because the cost of renewable energy is paid by the energy consumer it could be considered too expensive. The total renewable energy subsidy for 2014/15 paid by consumers was £3.5 billion. At the same time, according to the International Monetary Fund, the UK fossil fuel industry received £26 billion in subsidies.
Governments must be enpowered to invest and support renewable energy projects. In 2007 the UK led the world with the Climate Change Act when only 4 or 5 MPs voted against it. What has happened to that consensus?
The Group then took a short walk down memory lane. Listed were the number of speakers booked, educational visits made, conferences attended, consulations taken part in, articles and letters in newspapers – both local and national. Talks were given to wide spectrum of groups.
Details and a timeline of the work involved in the wind turbine project at East Williamston was set out. PSEEG was involved from 2009 to 2014. The project is still going ahead under a very capable and experiened team.
Janet finished the evening by thanking the members and friends who had supported the Group over the previous 9 years. This included PLANED – who had started and encouraged PSEEG, PAVS, Environment Wales, Ynni’r Fro and Marten Lewis at the Darwin Centre.
She thanked Neil Sefton for taking over as Chair in 2013 and Philip Wathen for his valuable work on the website and taking on many behind the scene roles.
Janet Roberts will continuing to give similar talks to any group interested in this subject. For contact details see PSEEG’s website: http://pseeg.org.uk
To look at Janet's presentation, click here.
|26th May 2017||Using Nature's Energy Resources: A talk by Ben Ferguson-Walker, Development Officer for the Ynni'r Fro scheme|
|24th March 2017||The Art of Hiding The Truth: A talk by Janet Roberts after seeing the film 'Merchants of Doubt'|
|27th January 2017||Keeping the Lights On: A Quick Trip through the Story of Light: A talk by Philip Wathen|
|23rd September 2016||The Legacy of Past Energy Decisions: A talk by Tim Deere-Jones|
|29th July 2016||Dirty Oil: A film about the extraction of oil from the tar sands of Alberta|
|27th May 2016||The Truth About Climate Change: A film by David Attenborough|
|25th March 2016||European Union Funding Support for Pembrokeshire: A talk by Steven Bradley from PLANED|
|29th January 2016||What Lessons We Can Learn About Fracking?: Thoughts after watching the film 'Gasland'|
|27th November 2015||Resilient Communities in an Emergency: A talk by Pauline Louchart, Emergency Planning Officer, PCC|
|25th September 2015||Cyd Cymru (Wales Together) collective energy switching scheme: A talk prepared by Lisa Davies, PCC|
|24th July 2015||Skomer Marine Reserve - and much more: An illustrated talk by Blaise Bullimore|
|26th June 2015||A visit to Stackpole Walled Garden: with Ian Wilshaw, Treasurer, Mencap Pembs, and Mike Evans, SDF Project Manager|
|29th May 2015||Protecting Pembrokeshire's Coastline: A talk by Emyr Williams, PCC Coast Protection Engineer|
|10th April 2015||Your Parliamentary Candidates' Answers to the PSEEG Questionnaire|
|3rd April 2015||A visit to the RWE Pembroke Power Station, arranged by Marten Lewis from the Darwin Centre|
|27th March 2015||Present and Future Flood Risks Explained: A talk by Richard Wicks & Phill Pickersgill from NRW|
|23rd January 2015||Our Home Planet: The showing of the film 'Home' by Yann Arthus-Bertrand|
|28th November 2014||Marine Energy in Pembrokeshire: A talk by Louise Rigby, co-ordinator for Marine Energy Pembrokeshire (MEP)|
|24th October 2014||Extreme Weather Events: A talk on changing weather patterns by Janet Roberts, secretary of PSEEG|
|26th September 2014||Renew Wales - Supporting Groups Across Wales: A talk on the work of this important organisation|
|25th July 2014||How Green is our Wales?: A talk by Rhodri Asby, Deputy Director for Climate Change and Natural Resource Policy|
|27th June 2014||Ty Solar at Rhosygilwen: A visit by members and friends of PSEEG|
|23rd May 2014||Global Warming & Climate Change: A talk by Janet Roberts, secretary, PSEEG|
|28th March 2014||The Swansea Bay Tidal Energy Lagoon: A talk by Owain Morris, Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) plc|
|24th January 2014||P.C.N.P. supports Sustainable Development: A talk by Emma Taylor, SDF Administrator|
|29th November 2013||To Frack or Not to Frack: A talk by John Childs from Safe Energy Wales|
|11th October 2013||Quiet Revolution at Pembroke Dock: A visit with Marten Lewis to the Quiet Revolution factory|
|27th September 2013||Keeping the lights and heating on: A talk by Graham Goodeve|
|28th June 2013||Pembroke 21C Community Association: A talk by Elizabeth Gossage, Pembroke 21C Development Officer|
|24th May 2013||Life beneath the waves; the beauties and the beasts: A talk by Blaise Bullimore, European Marine Site Officer|
|29th March 2013||The National Trust in Wales - Energy Neutral by 2015: A talk by Paul Southall, NT Environment Advisor|
|1st March 2013||Climate Change and a Sustainable Future: A talk by Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales|
|25th January 2013||Waste Not Want Not: A talk by Hywel Gibbs, Pembrokeshire County Council Waste Awareness Officer|
|30th November 2012||Array of Hope: A talk by Paul Carter & Kim Daye from RWE Renewables on The Atlantic Array|
|26th October 2012||The Green Deal: A talk by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy|
|28th September 2012||A Fair Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy on PSEEG's renewable energy project|
|14th September 2012||Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre|
|29th June 2012||The Need for a More Sustainable Future: A talk by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth|
|1st June 2012||Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader|
|11th May 2012||The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen|
|23rd March 2012||Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer|
|24th February 2012||The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager|
|2nd December 2011||Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme|
|4th November 2011||The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.|
|30th September 2011||How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project|
|23rd September 2011||PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre|
|5th August 2011||The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills|
|24th June 2011||The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre|
|27th May 2011||Electric Cars – The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|13th May 2011||Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|22nd April 2011||Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock|
|1st April 2011||A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock|
|25th February 2011||Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency|
|14th January 2011||The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy|
|12th November 2010||How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming|
|15th October 2010||Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline|
|10th August 2010||The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels|
|18th June 2010||Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth|
|16th April 2010||Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People|
|12th March 2010||Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife|
|12th February 2010||Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot|
|15th January 2010||Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy|
|4th December 2009||Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire|
|13th November 2009||Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example|
|16th October 2009||Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines|
|2nd October 2009||A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind|
|11th September 2009||Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire|
|10th July 2009||A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential|
|12th June 2009||St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability|
|24th April 2009||Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire|
|13th March 2009||Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun|
|13th February 2009||Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?|
|14th November 2008||Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG|
|17th October 2008||PSEEG to become a Registered Charity|