Come visit 46 High Street, Gillingham.
After nine months of being used as a information point on the issue of climate change and as a hub in the campaign against Eons plans to expand coal fired power production in the UK, the Tipping Point shop is closed it’s doors for the last time yesterday. The shop is now under new management with a new remit as a community centre. As part of their corporate responsibility program, BP is funding the new project which aims to provide free tea, coffee and biscuits to local residents to offset poor community relations caused by the companies operations in other parts of the world.
Company spokesperson Joanna King explained, “We understand that our investment in environmentally destructive schemes, such as the Canadian tar sands, tends to generate a lot of bad feelings aimed at our brand. While we are not prepared to pass up such profitable opportunities, we are happy to buy biscuits for people in Medway in order to offset accusations of callous disregard to the well being of people elsewhere.”
The Tipping Point shop has been cleared of political content as part of the new sponsorship deal but the tea and coffee remains fair trade.
On Monday, E.ON submitted environmental scoping reports outlining their plans for a high pressure carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline for its proposed replacement of the existing Kingsnorth coal-fired power station. The final proposals are expected to be submitted to Medway Council as part of a full pipeline planning application towards the end of this year.
Eon admit that the proposed pipeline is intended for a much larger scheme than just a new Kingsnorth – it would have sufficient capacity for an entire ‘Thames Cluster’ transporting 24 million tonnes of CO2 each year which is the equivalent to four new power stations the size of Kingsnorth!
If consent is given, the Eon pipeline will go over the Hoo Peninsula and then across the seabed taking it to North Sea where they claim it can be stored away and help mitigate against catastrophic climate change. Even assuming the idea is economically viable (and that the gas doesn’t escape too too quickly from ‘storage’), it is likely that much of the gas will be used to help energy companies extract even more oil and gas from north sea, which obviously means greater emissions.
On Saturday the 13th, the Tipping Point Climate Infoshop on Gillingham High Street, is hosting an unusual all day ’swaparama’. With the tag line ‘what’s mine is yours’, the idea is a simple extension of our normal swapshop. People are encourage to bring stuff they no longer want and swap it for things that they do.
Have you got lots of unwanted x-mas pressies that need a new home? Fed up of wearing the same old clothes?
Come along and swap unwanted clothes, books, games, videos and anything else you think someone might want, for something you need.
The event will start at 12am with open table-top swapping through till 5pm. There will also be people on hand to give advice about composting and recycling.
We want to encourage people to buy less stuff because over consumption is putting our planet and people in danger.
Buying less and sharing more not only saves money and our environment, but also helps you get to know others in your community better. Which is why we are also hosting a speed dating style dinner party. Everyones welcome, just bring some food or drink to share and be ready to take part in a few games we have in store! After the meal the party atmosphere will continue with reverse strip poker, short films, incidental open mic and more.
The aim of the event is to connect the social impacts of resource consumption and climate change – as well as to promote the existence of initiatives such as the swapshop and freegle which help to keep usable items out of landfill.
Nearly 70% of rubbish sent to landfill sites could be recycled or composted. With landfill tax approaching £40 per tonne, local authorities are spending tens of millions of pounds dealing with waste each year. This represents the largest single item within peoples council tax.
In the Medway area, the recycling rate currently stands at around 35%. Medway Council, which is supporting the event, aims to increase the recycling rate to at least 45% by 2015 and 55% by 2020.
Join the fun on Saturday 13th Feb – 12-5pm
‘Speed dating’ style dinner party 5 -7pm
films and open mic after
@Tipping Point, 46 High Street, Library end, opp Peacocks.
Happy new year. The shop has been open again since the start of January and as the freezing conditions have started to lift we’ve started to see more people braving the high street and coming into the shop for a hot drink or to browse the swapshop etc.
There’s a challenging year ahead if we stand a chance of staving off catastrophic tipping points into runaway global warming. So come in and see what you can do.
Early in February we’ll be hosting a ‘what’s mine is yours’ swapshop party. If you’d like to help make it happen or have any ideas then come have a chat.
As for the future of Tipping Point into 2010, well our funding has now run out and unless we secure further funding we will be closing by early March. If you think the project should continue then get involved now as nothing is decided and your input is everything.
Here’s a short video news piece made by a local journalism student.
Welcome to another exciting week of events at Tipping Point!
Highlights this week include: New opening hours and Medway goes to the Wave on Saturday
We are experimenting with our opening hours this week. From Monday the new times will be as follows:
* Monday 10am – 12am & 3pm-6pm
* Tuesday 3pm – 6pm
* Wednesday (9am for parents coffee morning*) & 12 – 2pm
* Thursday – CLOSED*
* Friday 10am – 12 & 3pm till 6pm Saturday
* Saturday – closed as all going to the wave in London
* Sunday – CLOSED
Tuesday 1 December
Save Money and Energy Workshop 7-8.30 pm
Share hints and tips on staying warm while saving money this winter
Wednesday 2 December
Eco-parents coffee morning 9 -10:30am
We’ll be looking at the topic of renewable energy, and how to make changes in the home that really make a difference
What to do for Copenhagen Locally Meeting 7.30 – 9.30
We’ll be making banners for the wave and discussing what we can do locally during the Copenhagen Climate Talks to highlight the issues.
Thursday 3 December
Film Night 7-9pm.
Featuring: ‘Taking Liberties” and other short films.
TAKING LIBERTIES is a shocking but hilarious polemic documentary that charts the destruction of all your Basic Liberties under 10 Years of New Labour. Released to coincide with Tony Blair’s departure, the film and the book follow the stories of normal people who’s lives have been turned upside down by injustice – from being arrested for holding a placard outside parliament to being tortured in Guantanamo Bay.
Saturday 5 December
Tipping Point will be closed today but we are inviting you and your friends to join us on the ‘wave’ in London. On Saturday 5 December 2009, ahead of the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life will march through the streets of London to demonstrate their support for a safe climate future for all.
Part of a global series of public actions, The Wave will call on world leaders to take urgent action to secure a fair international deal to stop global warming exceeding the danger threshold of 2 degrees C.
For more details see: http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/the-wave
To save on money (group saver tickets)and to meet others in the area going to the same event we’re going to meet outside Gillingham train station at 10.10 am, Chatham Station 10.15 and Rochester at 10.20, we’ll be getting on the last carage of the train or phone 070 50659349 to meet us in London. Look for the Medway banner.
Hope to see you soon,
Tipping Point crew
This week we are giving away free energy saving light bulbs in a cynical ploy to get people to fill out a short questionnaire. It’ll take just two minutes of your time and make us happy and you don’t have to take the bulb bribe really. If you need more than one bulb then we’ll letr secret, the Somerfield next door is doing 5 bulbs for just 20 pence!
Energy saving lightbulbs, also known as compact florescent lamps (CFL), use just 20% as much energy as an equivalent filament bulb and last many times longer. Using these bulbs instead of those transitional bulbs will not only save energy but also save you money. However, lighting accounts for only about 15% of the energy used in the home so getting everyone to switch to low energy light bulbs is not going to cut emissions anywhere as much as required. Pop into the shop to find out how to can make over simple cost effective changes which will cut emissions and save you money.