We are one of Oxfordshire’s Community Action Groups (started in 2008) that developed as people became aware of the environmental challenges that we face to look for ways of reducing our carbon footprint. Do look at this 2015 video about CAGs
But it’s not just about carbon, and it’s not just about personal lifestyle. We want to help our town adapt to a world of rising demand for limited natural resources and climate change.
We have a contacts list of over 250 local people who wish to be kept in touch. Our programme of monthly meetings and other activities is organised by a Core Group of willing volunteers who meet once a month.
Core Group members include:
Fiona Habermehl is a vegetarian & committed ‘foodie’ (& cake maker) whose aim is to save the world by growing her own fruit & veg! She shares this in weekly volunteering family cookery sessions using food-bank donations @ South Abingdon Children’s Centre.. She’s interested in social cohesion & sustainability.
Marion Owen is fund-raising and helping to organise the development of a natural learning environment at Caldecott Primary School, Abingdon. This will include the planting of an orchard, 50 metre mixed species hedge, a hazel copse and stand of silver birch. Also a volunteer for BBOWT, working to manage the Cothill Fens.
Christine Whild, is a Mother, grandma, great grandma, retired Music teacher, and was converted to green issues via Carbon Cutters about 3 years ago. She is the oldest member of the group but very keen to play her part. She lives in Marcham.
Richard Riggs has lived in Abingdon for over 30 years and is retired from a career in physics and electronic engineering. So he is comfortable with energy issues, but at present is kept very fully occupied on just one, the Abingdon Hydro project (http://abingdonhydro.org.uk).
Sally Reynolds is a Quaker, an allotmenteer and a grandmother, and hopes her grandchildren at least grow up knowing where their food comes from and how much work has gone into growing it. She retired as a GP in 2013 and now spends her time sending carbon-cutters emails, adding pictures to the website, and helping out with Edible Abingdon.