Sleaford Climate Action Network

               Plastic free Sleaford

Plastic waste 

Make the choice and help reduce plastic waste, not only here in Lincolnshire but around the world.



Shop at markets and support your local farmers

Extinction Rebellion

Green house gases

Lobby parliament to reduce emissions.  Planting trees helps but we need to do more.

Carbon removal vs Carbon emissions

Carbon removal is not a silver bullet

One vitally important thing to remember about carbon removal is that it is not – and, despite what some people say, will never be – a silver bullet for solving climate change.

This is for a number of reasons:

  • Scale. Carbon removal will only ever have a limited role because it cannot compensate for the sheer scale of emissions we are globally producing. That’s why reducing emissions directly must always be the first priority.

  • Uncertainties. Many new carbon removal methods are in their infancy, and it is unclear exactly how scalable they can be.

  • Energy requirements. Removing carbon can be energy-intensive and requires substantial resources, including land, water and electricity.

  • High cost. Some new technologies cost over $1,000 per tonne of carbon dioxide removed. Costs are projected to decrease over time, but will remain relatively high in the short to medium term.

  • Earth system imbalances. The net effect on the Earth system of a tonne of carbon dioxide emitted and subsequently removed, is not the same as the net effect of simply not producing the emissions in the first place.


Environment agency-Sleaford


Project Overview

The River Slea located in Sleaford, Lincolnshire is heavily influenced by groundwater flows, meaning it can suffer from low flows and flooding. Throughout history, the River Slea has undergone modifications for a range of uses, including navigation, milling and water abstraction. This has left a number of historical structures located within the river, which consequently alter the river flows. Some of these structures may increase flood risk and need to be assessed, along with other options to help reduce the risk of flooding.

River Slea


Extinction rebellion


The original tree huggers.

The first tree huggers were 294 men and 69 women belonging to the Bishnois branch of Hinduism, who, in 1730, died while trying to protect the trees in their village from being turned into the raw material for building a palace.

They literally clung to the trees, while being slaughtered by the foresters. But their action led to a royal decree prohibiting the cutting of trees in any Bishnoi village.

And now those villages are wooded oases amidst an otherwise desert landscape.

The Bishnois inspired the Chipko movement (chipko means “to cling” in Hindi) that started in the 1970s, when a group of peasant women in the Himalayan hills of northern India threw their arms around trees designated to be cut down.




                                                                      Positive impacts

Plastic is versatile, cheap and long-lasting. It’s also the cause of an environmental crisis the world over. Plastic waste is polluting our rivers and seas, leaching into soils and creating hazards for people and wildlife alike. It’s a problem that needs addressing globally, and right here in the UK. 

In this episode of the Carbon Copy Podcast,  we meet people working at a local level with their communities to tackle unnecessary single-use plastics. We hear from Roberta, who leads Plastic Free Sleaford, about the steps she and others in her town are taking to address this issue. We also learn about the bigger picture from Surfers Against Sewage’s Senior Communities Manager, who helps people in places around the UK take action where they live. 

Listen to Bottle By Bottle now.