Sunday 17 November, 1.30pm-5pm, Lewes Town Hall (Corn Exchange), £5 (£3 concs). Tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk
Join Plastic Free Lewes for an afternoon of talks, film, stalls and debate exploring the unique role that hemp can play in addressing the climate crisis.
Hemp is one of most versatile and high-yielding crops in the world – and also one of the most powerful absorbers of carbon dioxide available. It yields four times the output of trees for paper, can replace many fossil fuel products, play a key role in nutrition and can be used as an alternative to concrete to build carbon-negative homes. Yet it is the only industrial crop that requires a licence from the Home Office in order to be grown.
So how can we harness hemp more effectively to meet our industrial and nutritional needs and make full use of its carbon-absorbing properties?
Lewes HempEvent includes:
1.45pm: Film by Greencuisine Trust
Greencuisine is a food education charity that encourages ways of growing and eating that nourish people without harming the environment. Daphne Lambert, founder of Greencuisine Trust, will present her short film: ‘Hemp: the planet friendly plant’.
2pm: Guy Coxall – Founder of Hemptank
Founder of the UK think tank on hemp, Guy will provide an overview of the many roles hemp can play in our lives – from providing food to fuel, bio-plastics to paper, clothing to medicine – while also mitigating climate change.
3pm: Graham Durrant – Director of Hemp-Lime Spray
One of the leading proponents of ‘hempcrete’, Graham shows how hemp can help create carbon-negative buildings and provide a range of environmental benefits to the construction industry
4pm: DEBATE: How can we develop a sensible agricultural policy for hemp production?
With hemp growing tightly licenced in the UK, our speakers and other experts will discuss what needs to happen now to enable large-scale hemp production.
Food and refreshments (including some may with hemp!) will be provided by Zu Café.
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