Welcome to Green Revolutions Update No. 2, with news about pollution, winter driving and an exciting local event.
Whether or not you believe that Global Warming is causing the extreme weather of recent years, you have to be concerned about the air quality in major cities. In 30+ cities in China last week, air pollution readings breached World Health Organisation safety levels. The "suffocating" smog caused increased hospital admissions for lung and heart problems, and forced people to stay inside their homes for several days, especially children and elderly people.
The pollution was blamed on a rapid increase in car ownership combined with cold temperatures and a lack of wind. bbc.co.uk/news
In European countries that always seem to be better prepared for snow, drivers swap their tyres in October to winter or all season tyres, which have a different tread pattern and grip better in cold wet conditions. Then in Spring they swap back to the normal tyres (which are quieter). This costs £350-500 (plus storage fees if necessary). Green Revolutions will fit winter tyres to our cars for the winter months because they shorten stopping distances and make driving safer for our members. Guardian report
According to AA motoring cost figures (June 2012) the typical cost of a small petrol car is £88-133 a week. That's what we are paying to have a car sitting on the road, covered in snow, going nowhere! For many of us, joining a car club will save money, as well as helping the environment. We hope to have news of our launch date (before Easter) very soon...
Stirchley's very own alternative Valentine's festival runs from Thursday 14 - Saturday 16 February 2013. Loads of original events for all the family, including free love tattoos, love boat show with fantastic comedian Mrs Barbara Nice (compere of Laughing Sole, Stirchley's comedy club) singing, performances, food from Loaf, film at Stirchley Happenings Travelling Bug House, art... Celebrating Stirchley High Street, the canal, and local businesses. Can you volunteer to perform or to help with leafleting or staffing information points? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you stay warm and safe in the snow. See you soon!