The Weird Fish Lady Blog

Rotarian Gloria Barnett talks about all things environmental

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We are delighted to have Rotarian Gloria Barnett (The Weird Fish Lady) join our environmental information pages on Rotary South East's website. 

Her monthly ‘blog’ page will be hosted here - and Gloria welcomes comments from readers (see below). 

May 2022

No doom and gloom here folks – check out some of the science which is increasingly changing our world for the better.  I firmly believe we are heading for a better future and I’d love it if you could share the idea too. 

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April 2022:

Weather pattern or Climate change what’s the difference?

 In this month’s blog, Gloria explores the difference

 

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 March 2022:

"Positivity is an essential tool in our climate change tool bag. It will keep us working towards solving our climate change problems and it doesn’t take one person doing it perfectly to create change either. Many people trying imperfectly can create the change we need. Just go out, join in and do what you can"

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February 2022:

"I’m firmly convinced that once we ALL start to think about our actions – then it will become a rolling program as the character of the human race is to be competitive and no-one likes to be left behind"

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December  2021

Last month I wrote a pre-COP 26 blog – explaining what we might expect to happen in Glasgow in November 2021. Now it’s Kme to have a post COP 26 blog and see how much further forward we are in the fight against climate change 

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November 2021

COP 26 - Just a few days away

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October 2021

If the UK is to achieve a zero-carbon target then British people need to both change the systems we use, and our thinking towards a greener, more sustainable world.  Governments can take a lead in all of this and help everyone make the necessary changes to our lives, reducing our energy needs, improving transport choice and taking all fossil fuels out of our lives.

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September 2021:

Why Should I Be The First To Change?

In Europe, August recorded the highest temperatures ever – with a maximum temperature of 48ยบ in Sicily and we saw images of red swathes of high temperatures across the whole continent. Wild fires are not just in Australia, Canada and the western USA – they are in Greece and Turkey and on our doorstep now. We have to change the unsustainable way humans are living by reducing carbon emissions – all of us.

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August 2021:

Measure Your Carbon Footprint! Take The Pledge!

Net Zero, or carbon-neutral, refers to achieving a balance between carbon emissions produced from our energy consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases removed from the atmosphere. We can accomplish this by reducing our emissions (carbon footprint) and removing carbon dioxide through mitigation projects, such as planting trees, building gardens with native plants, recycle or conserving biodiversity.

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July 2021:

The problem with plastic in the oceans

When plastic was first invented it was seen as a wonder product and useful for everything - but nobody was thinking about the future of these ‘wonderful products’ and what would happen when they became obsolete. Plastic use took over from common-sense - and the land-fills began to take the strain of unwanted plastic. Only 9% of all the plastic ever created has been recycled. 

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June 2021:

Do you think you know what "Climate Change" means?

Whenever people talk about climate change, they speak as if the Planet is going to be catastrophically changed. However, this is not the case. The Earth has existed for over 4.6 billion years (that’s a very long time) and over that time the Earth has already changed many times – even at one time being called Snowball Earth – as it was a frozen planet. But Earth, the planet, always survives the different shades of green or blue or white – and all it takes is time to change its face. 

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Gloria Barnet is a member of the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise. She's also an author, speaker, educator and champion for the ocean environment

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Westgate and Birchington Rotary Club Funds Improvements at Christ Church Community Hall in Westgate

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President Chris & Hazel Hedges visited the Rotary Club of Temecula, California

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Successful RYLA candidates,Elizabeth Irvine and Emily Robertson report on their experiences at the Arethusa Venture Centre

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Mike O'Toole is our Sergeant-at-Arms

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Adrian Bawtree, Tessa Read, Roger Newman MBE, Chris Hedges, Derek Brown & Richard Parkin

A "Sing For Your Life" "MUSIC BOX" has been handed over to East Kent Independent Dementia Support (EKIDS). From left: Adrian Bawtree, Tessa Read, Roger Newman MBE, Chris Hedges, Derek Brown & Richard Parkin

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The International Committee is responsible for coordinating the Contact Club arrangements with the Rotary Club of Poitiers Futuroscope and the Rotary Club of Darmstadt Kranichstein. The Committee also seeks to support overseas charities with fundraising

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We are always delighted to welcome guests to our meetings who may be considering joining the Rotary Family. Please contact our Secretary, Dave Alker to enquire about booking in.

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President Chris & Hazel Hedges paid a visit to the Rotary Club of Westwood Village, Los Angeles

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Community Service Committee is responsible for organising fund-raising and social events, community service projects and recommending payments to external charities.

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Chris Hedges updates the website on a regular basis.

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The Rotary Clubs of Thanet are committed to providing opportunities and support for young people.

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Club Council normally meets on the last Monday of every month at Church House, Birchington at 7.00 pm.

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Here is an archive of news and activities over the last 10 years

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The Inner Wheel Club of Westgate & Birchington is a close member of our Rotary family. Its members are predominently relations of Rotarians but membership is open to any lady who is sponsored by an exisiting member.

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In recent years we have supported a wide range of local, national and international charities

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Ian Sharpe & Victoria Lawrence dance the Foxtrot

The "Strictly Come Rotary" Dance Competition was staged on Saturday 13th April 2013 at The Winter Gardens in aid of "Alfie's Trust"

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The winners of the Young Photographer Competition were presented with their awards by the Editor of The Isle of Thanet Gazette, Rebecca Smith

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President-Elect Tony Orpwood & Christine; President Chris Hedges & Hazel; Assistant Governor Jan Dash; Past President John Hawkins & Margaret

A superb FUN, FELLOWSHIP & FOUNDATION Conference in Lille!

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An excellent portfolio of entries was received from competitors in the 2014 Young Photographer Competition. Very well done!

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St Augustine's Chapel

A Musical Soiree was held in the Chapel at St Augustine's to raise funds for the charity "Sing For Your Life"

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To coincide with St Valentine's Day, an "Italian Masked Ball" was held in Kearns Hall.

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The good news is YOU ARE ON OUR WEBSITE!! Please visit it regularly to find news of our latest efforts to serve our community. MEMBERS - PLEASE CHECK THE HOME PAGE EACH WEEK!!!

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Sheila Minhinick, RIBI President John Minhinick, Hazel Hedges, President Chris Hedges, Sheila Grainger, District Governor Stewart Grainger

RIBI President John Minhinick and his wife Sheila attended a Dinner and Presentations for Rotarians in East Kent on Tuesday 4th September 2012

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Memebers enjoyed a comprehensive wine tasting experience and dined in style.

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Santa's coming!! He'll be coming to a street near you in December" PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY TO SUPPORT OUR CHARITIES!!

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The Joint Rotary Clubs of Thanet together with Kent Music presented the seventh annual Schools Prom at The Winter Gardens, Margate

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Rotarians from Darmstadt-Kranichstein, Poitiers-Futuroscope and Westgate & Birchington in Auerbach Keller, Leipzig

A party of Club Members and their partners travelled to Leipzig for the annual Contact Club Reunion with the Rotary Clubs of Darmstadt-Kranichstein and Poitiers-Futuroscope

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Chris Hedges's President's Night Dinner Dance was held on Friday 7th June 2013 at St Augustine's, Westgate-on-Sea

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The planting gets under way

Members constructed a raised garden area for the students at the Hearing-Impaired Unit with matched funding gained from a District Grant of $1000.

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President Tony prresented cheques to the Woodford Foundation and "Blood Runners"

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Following the successful bid for a District Grant, a Sensory Garden, adjacent to the Hearing Impaired Unit at Hartsdown Academy, was constructed by Rotarians. The "Oasis" was formally opened by Past President Chris Hedges on Friday 27th September

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The Club enjoys a number of sporting activities in conjunction with other Rotary Clubs, including Bowls and Golf competitions. The Sports Coordinator is John Hawkins.

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Rotarian Allan Harris is our Club shop manager and arranges for members to purchase Rotary regalia, clothing and jewellery.

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A filled Aquabox ready for deployment

The children at St Crispin's School, Westgate-on-Sea, filled seven Aquaboxes.

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President Chris & Hazel paid a visit to the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills.

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A large gathering of Rotarians and guests enjoyed the annual Christmas Dinner which was made more special by the induction of Christine Laming and the award of the Moulsdale Trophy to Eddie Doody

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A party of Rotarians and members of Inner Wheel attended Evensong "Celebrating Rotary" in Rochester Cathedral on Sunday 17th February 2013

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