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Join The Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign!

At the end of August, all five councils in Somerset were targeted by Extinction Rebellion over investments in fossil fuels by the councils’ pension fund.

Somerset is on the front line of climate change. Climate Change has caused, and is predicted to cause, a much greater risk of flooding and extreme weather. After the devastating floods of the Somerset Levels in 2013, Somerset County Council saw the terrible impact of climate change first hand. The Council recognises the potential impacts of climate change yet its pension fund invests over £120,000,000 in the very fossil fuel companies that are causing climate change!

Since 2015, Greens in Mendip have been leading the call for Somerset County Council to divest from fossil fuel.

Green Party district councillor for Frome Keyford, Shane Collins, who is leading the campaign for the SCC pension fund to divest, said: “Somerset County Council recognises that it must do whatever it can to tackle climate change and it has a responsibility to divest from an industry that jeopardises the future of our planet.”

“Instead of fossil fuel investment, SCC Pension Fund Committee should invest in solutions to climate change; investments that protect pensions and planet, joining The British Medical Association, Bristol City Council, and Oxford City Council – who have all recently agreed to make the commitment to no direct investment in the fossil fuel industry.”

Please sign our petition, and share widely.

Over one thousand people so far have signed the petition urging the council to heed the advice of financial experts and remove its investments from overvalued fossil fuel companies, but so far the council seems unwilling to acknowledge how it contributes to climate change with these unwise investments.

Useful links:

Our petition – please sign!

Fossil Free UK

When we say ‘Never Again’, we mean it

“We must never forget – and pledge never again to inflict such mass destruction. That should start with the UK scrapping plans to replace and upgrade Trident, and instead sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”
Caroline Lucas MP.


On Sunday 9th August, Glastonbury’s Mayor, Cllr. Jon Cousins and Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Sue Barnet, observed The Silent Minute at 11:02 a.m. to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bomb.

A member of the international movement Mayors For Peace, Cllr. Cousins read a message from Mayor Taue of Nagasaki:

“Exactly 75 years have passed since the day our city was assaulted by a nuclear bomb. Despite the passing of three quarters of a century, we are still living in world where nuclear weapons exist.
I appeal to the leaders of countries around the world.  Please aim to break down the growing climate of distrust and instead build trust through dialogue… At this very time, please choose solidarity over division. At the NPT Review Conference, which is scheduled for next year, I ask that you show a workable way towards nuclear disarmament.”

“ ‘Only 100 seconds remain.’ In order to symbolize this state of crisis, the ‘Doomsday Clock’, an indicator of the time left until the earth’s extinction, was set at its shortest time ever this year.”

The observation took place at Glastonbury’s Peace Pole which was planted on 26th January 2013 by the Pilgrim Reception Centre supported by Uma Uchima, from the World Peace Prayer Society and Tatomir Ion-Marius, a Romanian Peace Ambassador and international peace worker.

Glastonbury’s Peace Pole has “May Peace Prevail on Earth” written on it in eight languages and also a Braille plate. Located on the grass verge at the front of St Dunstan’s car park in the centre of the town, it ensures visitors and residents all have the opportunity to see and feel the message.

Observing ‘The Silent Minute’ on the 75th Anniversary of Nagasaki

In light of the significant 75th anniversary in August of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during the Second World War, Glastonbury’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor will observe a Silent Minute at 11:02 a.m. on Sunday, 9th August 2020* – remembering all victims of nuclear weapons.

Glastonbury’s Mayors are members of Mayors For Peace, an international body which came into being on 24th June 1982 at the second United Nations Special Session on Disarmament held in New York, when Takeshi Araki, the then Mayor of Hiroshima, called for cities throughout the world to transcend national borders and work together to press for nuclear abolition.

As Mayors for Peace, Glastonbury’s Mayor Cllr. Jon Cousins and Deputy Mayor Cllr. Sue Barnet call on the UK Government to support the 2017 United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which is working towards the complete prohibition of developing, testing, and using nuclear weapons. At present, the UK Government has refused to sign or ratify the treaty, which has been signed by 81 members of the United Nations…

The observation of the Silent Minute will take place at Glastonbury’s ‘Peace Pole’, which is situated outside Glastonbury Information Centre, St. Dunstan’s House – at the entrance of the Magdalene Street Car Park.

Please note: If you wish to observe the Silent Minute in a public space, please respect social distancing rules.

The Silent Minute:
The Silent Minute was conceived by Glastonbury visionary, Major Wellesley Tudor Pole O.B.E. in 1940, during the Battle of Britain.

Tudor Pole’s vision was for people to unite in meditation, prayer, or focus (each according to their own belief) and consciously will for “peace to prevail”.

The concept of the dedicated Silent Minute received the direct support of King George VI, Sir Winston Churchill and his Parliamentary Cabinet. It was also recognized by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and observed on land and at sea on the battlefields, in air raid shelters, and in hospitals.

With Churchill’s support, the BBC, on Sunday, 10th November 1940, began to play the bells of Big Ben on the radio as a signal for The Silent Minute to begin.

The tradition of The Silent Minute continues to this day, and Glastonbury Council observe The Silent Minute at the beginning of each of our meetings.

Tudor Pole explained it’s meaning thus: “There is no power on earth that can withstand the united cooperation on spiritual levels of men and women of goodwill everywhere.”

The Original Silent Minute Flyer


* The anniversary of the time and date of the Nagasaki atom bomb, which instantly killed over 60,000 people at 11:02 a.m. on 9th August 1945, resulting in Japan’s unconditional surrender, effectively ending the Second World War.

Green View: Glastonbury Newsletter Summer 2020

 

Open the Newsletter as a pdf HERE.

Cllr. Denise Michell, RIP.

It is with great sadness that Glastonbury and Street Green Party announce the passing of Cllr. Denise Michell – Green Mayor of Glastonbury 2015/16/19/20.

The sad news of Denise’s death was posted this morning on Facebook by her children: Zig, Zoe, Rowan, Leah:

It is with broken hearts that we must share with you that our mum has completed her journey here on Earth and is now on her way to join the ancestors in the stars 🌟
Thank you to each and every one of you who has been a part of our mum’s life adventures ❤️
We ask that you light a candle, say a prayer and send her on her way with love ❤️
Love and light ❤️ May there be peace in the sacred grove ❤️

Glastonbury’s current Mayor, Cllr. Jon Cousins, said:  “I am devastated by the passing of my dear friend and fellow councillor Denise Michell. Denny was an incredible person, who loved Glastonbury to the core of her being and did so much for our community. She will be greatly missed. On behalf of Glastonbury Council, I send my deepest condolences to her family.”

Glastonbury Beltane Celebrations Cancelled

Please respect our town and community and do not attempt to travel to Glastonbury over the Beltane weekend – 1st to 4th May 2020.

Sadly, the Glastonbury Beltane (May Day) Celebrations on Friday, 1st May 2020 are cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Town Council and Police respectfully ask people to observe physical distancing, limit close contact with others, and not to gather – to celebrate Beltane, or for any other reason – at the Market Place, White Spring, etc., on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd, or Monday 4th May.

Please Note:

As a result of COVID-19, the Government has stated that every person in the UK must comply with the following three new measures, which came into effect on Monday, 23rd March 2020.

1) Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.

2) Closing certain businesses and venues.

3) Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public.

The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

Statement regarding recent Facebook comments

Glastonbury and Street Green Party wish to distance themselves from and strongly condemn recent comments posted on Facebook about the ‘Jail Attacks’ story written by April Roach in The Sun on 12th April 2020, and would like to confirm that the Green Party recognises that there are many gender identities that are within, and outside of, the traditional gender binary of man and woman.

The Green Party recognises that trans men are men, trans women are women, and that non-binary identities exist and are valid.

The Green Party respects transgender and non-binary people’s identities as real.

The Green Party shall include, and push for further acceptance of, transgender and non-binary people within all areas of society.

The Green Party’s Responsibilities & Rights Policy can be found here:

https://policy.greenparty.org.uk/rr.html

Coronavirus Covid-19 Information & Advice

This Glastonbury Town Council page hopes to provide the most up to date information & advice from a number of sources. Please check regularly for updates.

Symptoms
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection.

Stay at Home Guidance
People who are in the community with a fever or cough do not usually need testing. Individuals with a high temperature or new, continuous cough should stay at home for 14 days. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. People do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. For more information click here

Social Distancing
Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others. That means people should work from home where possible and avoid pubs, clubs and theatres. The advice on people avoiding non-essential contact is particularly important for people who are over-70, for people who are pregnant and for people with underlying health conditions. The vulnerable group includes those who are normally advised to have the flu vaccine. For more information click here

GOV.UK
The official Government page with up to date information & guidance. For all the latest official updates click here

Glastonbury Coronavirus Support Network
Facebook Group connecting volunteers with those in need of assistance. If you can volunteer, or if you need assistance, please email glastonburycommunity@gmail.com or contact Kama on 07821 258383 or Tanya on 07912 074879

Glastonbury Coronavirus Support
Are you over the age of 70 or self-isolating for health reasons? Please don’t feel that you are alone. If you have access to the internet please email glastonburycommunity@gmail.com Also, if you feel lonely from being stuck indoors, there are volunteers happy to give you a call to check if you are OK. If you need support with food or medical supplies please call Kama on 07821 258383 or Tanya on 07912 074879

A Second Climate Emergency People’s Assembly

11 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, 25th January at Glastonbury Town Hall.

Glastonbury Town Council’s Climate Emergency Working Group will hold a second People’s Assembly in the Town Hall.  This is an opportunity for residents to collectively discuss the urgent situation created by climate change and ecological destruction and make decisions, so that all voices are heard and equally valued.

The Main Hall will be open from 11 am to 3:30 pm and will accommodate more people than the October People’s Assembly, when the small hall was filled to capacity. Presentations will take place between 11 am and 12 noon. The Assembly is scheduled from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Presentations – 11 am to 12 noon:

  • Robert Macbeth (Glastonbury Growers Group)
  • Anna Francis (Frome Resilience Officer)
  • Sonya Bedford (Avalon Community Energy)
  • Jon Cousins (Green Deputy Mayor, Town and District Councillor)

People’s Assembly – 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm:

The next step toward building a resilient community.

Following our successful People’s Assembly in October, we will continue the discussion on these topics: Transport, Food, and the Local Environment. The Assembly will be facilitated by Extinction Rebellion’s Indra Donfrancesco.

This is an on-going process. In the short-term we need to have local strategies and actions for living with a reduced environmental impact. In the longer term we may even find ourselves having to provide basic services from our own community resources. Future assemblies will discuss other areas that need addressing: e.g. energy, health care, waste-disposal, education.

Please come to ensure your voice is heard!

General Election Announcement for the Wells Constituency

With the general election approaching, the local Green Parties with members living in the Wells constituency were asked by the national party to stand aside our constituency candidate. This part of a series of electoral arrangements known as Unite to Remain which involves The Green Party, Liberal Democrats, and Plaid Cymru aiming to encourage as many remain constituency victories as possible.

Wells is a Lib Dem target seat. In exchange, they are standing aside in nine key Green target constituencies.

Having balloted members in the Wells constituency last week, the Green Party will not be fielding a candidate in Wells.

Deals such as this also provoke controversy and unhappiness, as the recent news coverage has highlighted. But while our electoral system remains unreformed, these sorts of deals represent the best chance the Green Party has at gaining further representation in Parliament. Given the political crisis and climate emergency, this has never been more crucial.