Campaigns & Projects
Eco-education & Visitor Centre, Plastic Free Communities, Landtribe…
Beacon Hub Brighton CIO Eco-education & Visitor Centre (Est. 11 Dec 2014)
Guided and implemented the community ownership of the disused Rottingdean golf course and golf pavilion to expand the neighbouring Local Nature Reserve across the golf course and establish an eco-education and visitor centre in the former golf pavilion which is situated next to the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone. Position: Co-founder, Secretary & Trustee (2013 to present)
Plastic Free Communities (Launched 2017)
Building on the fantastic Surfers Against Sewage vision of Plastic Free Coastlines their national campaign Plastic Free Communities invites their members to step forward as Community Leaders to guide their communities through an avoidable single use plastic (SUPs) reduction strategy. Their community is awarded Plastic Free Communities status on completion of 5 easy to follow objectives and a steering group is put in place to encourage further plastic reduction.
Collective of ecological thinkers, builders, growers, engineers and organisers coming together to create a network of sustainable living & growing communities that facilitate ‘local hands on local lands’. An alternative living paradigm that self-replicates. (Est. 2018)
Marine Conservation Society – Sea Champion Rottingdean (2012)
Building on the fantastic Surfers Against Sewage & Women’s Environment Network’s “Think Before You Flush!” campaign and Marine Conservation Society’s wonderful Bin it, Don’t Flush it! campaign, my local campaign aimed to bring four village communities together to reduce sewage related debris entering the water treatment system at source. This awareness raising campaign informed the public on what should NOT be flushed down the toilet using a clear and simple sticker produced by Surfers Against Sewage and the Environment Agency. Backed up with presentations, school talks, and ground work to get stickers into the toilets of all local schools, public toilets and food outlets.
The Deans Beach & Environment Volunteers – Rottingdean, East Sussex, U.K. (2012-present)
With local beaches and nature reserves becoming swamped with litter and dog waste this timely campaign will get village communities together on a regular basis to clean up the mess and send out a strong message to those dropping the litter. Monthly beach cleans of the Ovingdean, Rottingdean & Saltdean beaches were established via a Facebook page.
Baggy Point Sewage Treatment Plant & Outfall Extention – Croyde Bay, North Devon, U.K. (2001-2003)
2001 – Local campaign to stop NIMBYs from blocking treatment of this community’s sewage which was being pumped straight out to sea in a raw condition. Tourists were getting sick, the beach had sewage related debris and local residents and local traders wanted action. The local community had been collecting signatures for their petition for years, but they needed a “co-ordinator” to put all the campaign pieces together. It just took a little organising to get all the right people together to ensure there was enough political pressure from the “community” to get the right level of treatment offered by South West Water and planning permision for the from North Devon council. An extended outfall pipe and treatment works in Croyde were fully operational by March 2003.
“This is a significant milestone in the progress of a project which will provide the first ever modern sewage treatment facility for Croyde,” said Andy Hohl, South West Water’s Project Leader. “The system will greatly improve the quality of the local environment while encouraging tourists to visit and boost the local economy”. For further information please contact Dina Chandler, SWW Communications Officer on 01392 443021. Published: 30th July 2002
Seas At Risk Federation (The Netherlands 2001-2003)
As Co-ordinator of this international federation of national and international NGOs working on marine environment and biodiversity conservation and protection I continued to increase awareness of sewage related pollution issues outside of the UK.
Members: European Environmental Bureau (B), Friends of the Earth International, Marine Conservation Society (UK), Aktionskonferenz Noordsee (D), Bond Beter Leefmilieu (B), Stichting de Noordzee (NL),
Surfers Against Sewage Ltd. (Director 2000-2005 Member 1998-present)
Independent UK environmental organisation focusing on water pollution affecting the health of recreational water users.
The Changing Land of Europe – the first European Conference on Agrigulture & Renewable Energy
EC funded conference drawing together national farmers unions and renewable energy experts to discuss obstacles and potential for collaboration. Position: Conference organiser.
Partners: European Commission (EC), Netherlands Agency for Energy & Environment (NOVEM)
Associates: National Farmers Union (NFU)
World Sustainable Energy Trade Fair (SUSTAIN)
International industry trade fair held biannualy in The Netherlands.
Venue: Amsterdam RAI