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Me and My Bee : Pollination for the Nation, Save the Bees, Save the World.

Me and My Bee : Pollination for the Nation, Save the Bees, Save the World.

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Me and My Bee, produced by ThisEgg Productions, showed at the Brighton Komedia, as part of the Brighton Fringe festival. As a family show it opened with our star Bee, Joe Boylan, whose bee-dancing kept the families waiting in thrall as the show began. Given it was the hottest weekend of the year, the show was full with a great space front of stage for little ones to sit and play. With a performance of an hour, the cast of three (Joe, Josie and Greta) did an amazing job at keeping young minds captivated and engaged on one of the most important issues of our time.

 

After some audience dancing and getting-to-know you’s, the show cracked on with a heart-warming explanation of why we need our bees! Music and dance magically explained some scientific facts for young minds, on how amazing and understated our bees actually are! By asking the audience to be Bees, the show asked everyone to see what Bee they were given on a slip as they arrived. As the audience stood up tons of fast facts came buzzing out. Such as the bee flaps its wings 200 times a minute and flies up to 500 miles over its 6-week lifespan. How the miner bee can burrow in to wood and how a Carpenter bees alone accounts for 750 species world wide. And also how Honey Bees are just one type of bee, yet all bees are responsible for pollinating seventy out of the top 100 human food crops — which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition. With a brilliant mash up of flip charts and Donald Trump’s climate change policies, led by Josie, the message was hit home just how each single bee is to us, if only to the adults.

 

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Towards the end the sad plight of the bees was felt when Joe, our star bee, fell in love with a flower (Greta). It was more tear jerking than the Time Travellers Wife, as the poor red flower suffered from drought and was then dug up and replaced with a concrete tower block. Where would our poor Bee after suffering pesticides and a loss of his beloved flower go now to gather his nectar? What to do? The sketch easily put our global bee crisis into symbolic terms, for even the youngest of minds to understand.

 

The show closed and with another thoughtful touch everyone as given a facts sheet on how to help save the Bees and join the Bee Party along with a pack of seeds. Me and My Bee is a very carefully and cleverly created family show, telling one the most important stories of our time. By the end you will be a fully signed up member to the Bee Party and an absolute bee buddy. The show is touring so why not Help Save the Bees one bee at a time.


The Latest on Refill

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The Refill scheme has lots of new businesses joining and more requests coming in every day. We are always on the look out for volunteers to become Refill Ambassadors across the city so if you can help please email us and join the Refill Marathon, and see if you can help sign up 26 new businesses in the next month!

The latest businesses to join have been:

Komedia Brighton

Our very own live entertainment venue with over 700 performances of comedy, music, cabaret and children’s theatre.

They have two exciting upcoming shows as part of Brighton Fringe Me & My Bee on Sun 6 – Mon 7 May, 2pm and Baba Brinkman: Climate Chaos on Mon 21 May, 7.15pm & 9.15pm. They are both shows that tackle the big issue of global warming but in a more intimate and unique manner.

Komedia have kindly gifted tickets for reviews, so watch this space! And don’t forget to book your tickets! Both shows promise to be brilliant.

Infinity Foods

Brightons best known worker co-operative.

Set in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine, Infinity Foods Shop has one of the largest selection of organic and natural vegetarian and vegan foods in the South East.

Infinity are a big Refill supporter and have installed a water fountain by the fridges to the back of the shop. It has been designed to fill large water bottles simply and easily. A perfect pitstop when in town.

Bus Stop

Barbados meets Brighton - Returning from the warmth of Barbados to the sunny shores of Brighton, this family run restaurant offers authentic Caribbean Cuisine & cocktails with a fabulous open front so you can soak up some un while sitting inside. Proper Pork, “nuff” Rum & Sweet Reggae Music! Why not pop in.

Bills

Close neighbour Bill’s is just next door. Formerly a bus depot, it’s the place to go for big weekend breakfasts, lunch, dinner and everything in between.

Eten + Drinking

Fabulous Dutch Coffee Shop perched on the corner of Church Street. Tons of fresh food, premium coffees and sweet and savoury treats. Weekly and monthly specials means there's always something new! And if you take in a reusable coffee cup you will get a discount off your coffee.

Tortilla

If you fancy a Mexican then go to Tortillas. Great burritos and tacos! Just ask staff to refill your bottle. Got water, tick, quick taco to munch on the beach, tick.

Cascade Coffee Shop

Tucked up Bakers Street, Cascade Creative Recovery is a new, not-for-profit community centre and cafe for Brighton & Hove.

Run by, and for, people with experience of active recovery from drug & alcohol addiction, the charity’s aims are to provide a supportive peer-led space, informal access to information, as well as a range of other courses, workshops & social activities. They also make a mean toastie!

Dexter’s

There is fabulous food to be had at Dexter’s, and you can lunch and brunch all day long. They also have their own coffee brand and if you take in a reusable coffee cup you get a discount!

Refill Brighton Latest

4 December 2017
More than 100 businesses sign up to Refill Brighton & Hove - a campaign to reduce consumption of single-use plastic bottles by offering free tap water to the public
 
 
In just two months, over 100 businesses in Brighton & Hove - including some of the city's most popular businesses Small Batch Coffee Company, The Flour Pot Bakery, Marwood's Cafe, Fitness First, ibis Hotel and traders in the Open Market - have all signed up to the Refill Brighton & Hove scheme.
A partnership between Brighton Peace & Environment Centre, Bristol-based City to Sea (who piloted the initiative in Bristol in 2015), and a team of committed volunteers, Refill Brighton & Hove encourages us to fall back in love with tap water and prevent plastic pollution - one bottle at a time.
 
What is Refill?
Refill Brighton & Hove is part of a nationwide scheme that aims to make filling up your reusable water bottle as easy and convenient as possible by introducing a city-wide network of 'Refill Stations' - places where people are free to ask for their bottles to be refilled with no obligation to purchase anything.

Participating cafés, bars, restaurants, shops, hotels and other businesses show their commitment by displaying a sticker in their window, and adding themselves to the Refill map. A free downloadable app available from refill.org.uk shows exact locations of refill points, including publicly accessible mains water taps (such as the ones on The Level and Hove beach huts).
 
 
Why is it important?
In the UK an estimated 800 plastic bottles a minute are either ending up in landfill or as litter, many of them make their way into our waterways and seas. Globally, 8 million tonnes of plastic finds its way into the oceans each year.

Brighton & Hove is a seaside city with a unique mix of residents, workers, tourists and students, and faces a unique set of challenges and opportunities: Refill aims to stem the flow of plastic pollution by encouraging people to change their behavior - starting with how we consume water.
 

Mala Nathan, Refill Brighton & Hove's Project Co-ordinator said: 
 
"We're delighted by the overwhelmingly positive response by businesses in the city to this campaign. We are collectively becoming all too aware of the environmental impact of our consumption of single-use plastics, from drinking straws to take-away packaging. Refill is a simple campaign that can drastically reduce our consumption of single use plastic bottles, as well as encouraging a culture of community and healthy hydration.

"Brighton Peace & Environment Centre is leading on the Refill Brighton initiative, and since September we have been focusing on establishing our network of Refill Stations around the city. Next year, we'll be launching the network to the public and looking at ways to encourage people to change their behaviour and start refilling. We also plan to distribute reusable water bottles at major events such as Brighton Marathon and Pride, and at key locations such as Brighton Station."
 
Louise Tamadon-Nejad, Marketing Manager of the Flour Pot Bakery said:
 
"We try our best at the Flour Pot Bakery to do our bit for the planet, whenever we can. With an estimated 12m tonnes of plastic entering the oceans each year, and residues being routinely found in fish, sea birds and marine mammals, we must act to support local initiatives being set up to combat this.

We believe that Refill Brighton shares our values in looking to end single use plastic, wherever possible. Across our 5 stores in Brighton and Hove, we offer you a place to refill your own water bottle, without feeling awkward. We aim to help Refill Brighton cut down on the use of plastic water bottles drastically, reduce litter and create a healthier environment for our community".

Refill Brighton & Hove is now looking for a headline sponsor to support its high-profile activity across the city in 2018. Interested businesses can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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For interview and information requests, contact: 
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NOTES FOR EDITORS

About Refill
Refill is a national, practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as bottle by introducing refill points on every street. Refill is currently happening in Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Bath, Bradford-on-Avon and Bicester & Banbury.

About Brighton Peace & Environment Centre
BPEC is a development education centre and charity based in the heart of Brighton. We are at an exciting stage with three new projects underway: Refill Brighton is our project to reduce and ultimately eliminate disposable plastic water bottle use in the city; Energywise is our new affordable warmth project that will engage those most at risk from fuel poverty; and Breathe in Brighton, an initiative to improve our air quality.
 
About City to Sea
City to Sea C.I.C is a Bristol-based initiative created to tackle marine plastic pollution at source. Funded projects to date include 'Switch the Stick' - a successful national campaign to stop plastic pollution from cotton buds at source, and 'Refill', a simple yet effective campaign to encourage free tap water refills across the UK.

Taking the Highroad

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Roadkill is a big Problem Globally. Our Volunteer Ella Tarlton is now in Melbourne, Australia, and offers her perspective on what can be done to lessen the risk to animals.

We’ve all seen it. The twisted, broken bodies of animals slumped on the sides of motorways. Decaying remains of foxes, badgers and hedgehogs, reduced to nothing but matted fur and blood, mashed into the concrete. A slight swerve to avoid the mess, and we move on with our lives. Or should we? Given the alarming decline in wildlife populations, I believe it is our duty to start taking roadkill more seriously.

I currently live in Australia, where the roadkill is particularly devastating. The first time I saw a kangaroo, koala or wombat it was in the form of roadkill. I am used to seeing similar sights in England, but what saddens me is how disturbingly frequent these cases are here. Though it’s hard to find official statistics for the whole of Australia, on average 32 animals are killed on Tasmanian roads every hour. That’s over 300,000 animals per year in the small state of Tasmania alone – just imagine what this figure could be for the whole continent.

Animal collisions threaten many endangered species, such as the Tasmanian devil, the numbat, the woylie, the pygmie possum, the southern cassowary and the quokka... the list goes on and on. The problem is that roadways cut off connectivity for animals, stopping them from being able to safely migrate from one area to another. Misplaced animals have learned to adapt by moving to new territories in times of chaos, such as bushfires or drought. However in modern times, the only possible routes to safety often involve crossing numerous major roads. Apart from habitat fragmentation, roads also have a wall effect; many animals will simply refuse to migrate through such unnaturally noisy and light environments. New evidence suggests that this had led to genetic isolation, which in turn increases the risk of extinction due to inbreeding and the loss of genetic variability.

All of this may seem somewhat depressing, but fortunately there are positive measures we can take to help wildlife overcome these obstacles. Wildlife crossings are structures that allow animals to pass safely across man-made barriers. These include underpass and overpass tunnels built above or below roadways, amphibian tunnels, fish ladders, and even tree canopy bridges. All of these structures are deigned to provide semi-natural corridors that allow animals to safely cross roads, tracks and other barriers.

Here in Australia, koala tunnels and bridges have proven to be highly effective on busy roads. Highwires have also been installed for possums to cross roads, which has also proven to be very successful. In my opinion, more money and resources should be put into these ingenious crossings. Not only are they relatively cheap to construct, they also have an impressive success rate, with animals quickly adapting to use them. I would like to see more wildlife crossings up and down the country.

Until then, there are many measures you can take to reduce the risk of animal mortality on the roads:
• When you drive, be very careful, especially while turning corners. Be even more cautious between dusk and dawn, as this is when most accidents happen.
• Research your local wildlife group. Make a note of their number and have it handy so if you need to call them, you can.
• Make the most of your lights! If driving more than 80km/hr put use your high beam. If driving at 60km/hr, use low beam.
• Never throw litter out of car. This is not only bad for the environment, it can attract wildlife towards the road.
• If you see wildlife on the road, slow down and pull over to allow them to cross (if it is safe to do so.) If that’s not possible, honk at them.

If you do hit animal or spot an animal by the side of the road, stop if it is safe to do so and check if the animal is alive. If the animal is still alive, contact a wildlife rescue group in your area. Finally, be sure to move the body away from the road, as dead animals attract scavengers.

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If we all took these measures to reduce the risk of collision, and increase the chances for injured animals to survive, it really would make a tangible difference. So next time you have an opportunity to save a life, think of the bigger picture and don’t just turn the other way.

Refill Brighton

 
Refill in Brighton: We only have one sea.

Walking along Brighton beach, you see a couple holding hands. In their other hand: bottled water. You might ask: who would find fault with this? It sounds idyllic at first and you might wonder what could be wrong? The bottles they are holding might end up in the sea they are walking next to and admiring, endangering its inhabitant species.
Living in the beautiful seaside town of Brighton, we have a strong connection to the sea. Looking after our beautiful beach is in our interest. More than in many other places in the UK, in Brighton there is a strong sense of connection to our environment, owing some extent to the great tradition of Green attitudes in the city.
Therefore, Refill could not have found a better place to take over next.

A project aiming to reduce plastic use by getting people to refill their bottles and convincing business to sign up for an app that shows people where they can do so.

Refill has its roots in Bristol, where it was launched by City to Sea in September 2015. There are now more than 200 refill points in the centre of Bristol. Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Bath and Bradford-on-Avon have followed suite and other UK cities, including Brighton, are launching soon.

Why do we want to achieve the same in Brighton? Single-use plastic bottles take hundreds of years to decompose and they often make it into our waterways and the sea, threatening aquatic life.  By refilling, we not only take away the need to recycle thus saving an enormous amount of money and energy; we also look after marine wildlife. As Brightonians, we should really try and conserve what we have right on our doorstep.
Refill Brighton will be launching the app in the forthcoming months and our volunteers are chomping at the bit to get out there and talk to businesses about the benefits of joining. Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses will receive a round, blue sticker they can display in their window, inviting thirsty passers-by to come on in and fill up their bottle – for free. Anyone can download the app to find Refill points or add these themselves. There are points to be collected and great rewards to be won.

Once the map of Brighton is busy with Refill points, we’ll start the next phase: telling everyone about the benefits of refilling to people: students, tourists, mums, walkers. Brighton is full of active, fun folk always on the go. They need to know how easy it is to do your bit for the environment: use our app, find refill points, refill and quench your thirst. They will save money too.
We are currently spreading the word about the project and you can follow us on social media to find out about our progress. Our Twitter handle is @refillbrighton and we also have a Facebook page and Instagram. We are always looking for new energy and enthusiasm, so if you’d like to volunteer as a Refill Ambassador, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on any of these platforms and download our volunteer application form.
Read more about how Refill started in Bristol.
Find out more about marine plastic pollution.

Refill Brighton website

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