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Minutes of our 38th Monthly Meeting
Plastic Free Eastbourne

Monthly Meeting 38: Sunday 6th February 7 pm by Microsoft Teams.
Oliver Sterno, Robin Sykes, Sue Sykes, Sue Dixon, Stuart Durand (Wightman & Parrish), Peter Goult (SYSTEMIQ – Guest Speaker)

Apologies: David Stopp, Jane Wilde

1. Welcome & Personal greetings

2. Speaker of the month - Peter Goult, who is a Plastics Researcher~ “Pathways to a
circular, net-zero plastics system in Europe” presented and talked about ‘breaking
the plastic wave’ which can be viewed here:
Peter was thanked for an inspiring presentation of his recent work.

3. Matters arising from the minutes;
a) Review: Last month's (12th) challenge success? “Join our Campaign: Encourage
at least one of your friends or acquaintances to join our campaign by adding to our
Mailchimp email group.” 
b) Festival Feast (was Christmas Dinner) 15th & 22nd May. Open to all! Menus attached. 
Action: Please email for joining this event
c) Blue Flag and Seaside Awards progress

Action: Robin to email Cllr Colin Swansborough
d) AGM record is available on the website  
4) Eastbourne Spring Water Festival 22: 13th to 22nd May 2022
Events so far;
13th May Opening Ceremony - Closing date for sending in entries for Creative
Writing “The Sea” Competition ~
Strandliners Citizen Science event, Seaweed Search ~ Cuckmere Haven
Start of “Refill Quest” daily event
14th May Saturday: Stalls Fair ~ Western Lawns
15th May Sunday: Big Beach Clean
1st Festival Feast ~ Crown & Anchor
20th May: Conference “Blue Planet at Eastbourne” ~ Lansdowne Hotel Conference
21st May: Rock & Blues Concert ~ Crown & Anchor by “Southern Spirit”
22nd May: Closing Ceremony ~ Holy Well
2nd Festival Feast ~ Crown & Anchor
Many more events are being created.  
Action: Oliver to update the participant list
d) AGM record is available on the website  

5. This month ~No. 17 ~ Challenge of the Month;
‘Clear-out!’ Get rid of cleaning product plastic bottles.”
Use a Refill Centre: Purevo / Reworks warehouse in 104, Firle Road. BN22 8ES.
Also in Hailsham: “Simply Weigh”. Unit 2B St Mary's Walk, BN27 1AF.
Raise awareness in Eastbourne about these disposal places. What`s App
Groups/emails and Social Media
Action: Everyone to attempt this.

6. Lobbying campaign: “Biomass Plastics”      
4 efforts to launch a government focused petition. This began with “benign plastics”:
making products from oil as “end of life” biodegradable waste. As I have researched
this topic, products can now be made from Biomass. For example, tree protectors can
be made from sugar cane waste. I am working on this now.                        
Action: Oliver to meet with a team of scientists, and our MP to try to push forward our online petition.

7. Monitoring our campaign's journey towards Carbon Neutrality by 2030
To get to carbon neutral by 2030 will need regular target setting with reviews.
Indicators need agreeing. Suggestions: 
*Number of refill stations; *number of PF Champions; *membership of PFE; *how
many organisations have joined in this monitoring?

We need to share this need with the EBC. This concerns mandating all organisations
to take part.

Oliver held a meeting with a small group of participants for him to outline a
procedure, starting with voluntary participation. Oliver also presented his ideas to the
EBC Climate Change Strategy Panel meeting                                      
Action: Oliver to continue to develop this theme.

8. Refill* progress:
a) Cornish Refill Stations: from “Our Only World” ~ Tina Robinson: progress report: put on to next month
b) Welcome Centre Plaza Refill Station: site agreed and pending the arrival of the new refill station
c) Updating our Refill Eastbourne network                     

9. Adopt a Beach. Progress report: Oliver updated on progress            

10. Other causes ~         
Participant contributions: to be “tabled” 
•    Joe Rose: “Greenwashing” campaign
•    Please share and support ~ Christina Kearley ~ is running in the Eastbourne
Half Marathon. She is fundraising for Plastic Free Eastbourne. Please help her
raise £1000 for a Refill Station: You can do so by clicking this link:

•    Feel the Love This event is on 13th February on the beach. 
Action: Robin & Sue Sykes have agreed to display our banner 

11. Diary of events:
All “tabled” 
~ Next month's challenge:  
~ Next meeting (39th) Sunday: 6th March, 7 pm ONLINE & in Person Click here to
join the Monthly Meeting:  Click here to join the meeting or attend at the Chamber 49 Gildredge Road, BN21 4RY

“Speaker of the Month ~ to be chosen.
~ Items for next monthly meeting?                      

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For sale:
1)Wild Tribe Heroes books by Ellie Jackson ~ £7.99p each. On line: in the notes
section write “PFE” and we will receive the profits for each book sold ~  
2)    “Plastic Free Eastbourne” Cotton T-Shirts £9 each; new version £14 each ~
Organic Regenerated Cotton “Ecologie” by
3)    Litter pickers £4 each. £7 folding litter pickers
Please contact me if you would like to purchase from these last 3 items.

Oliver Sterno Community Leader ~ Plastic Free Eastbourne
Community Coordinator ~ Refill Eastbourne

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