Eco milk float rising to the carbon reduction challenge
Pop-up and rock-up
An eco 1974 milk float, pop-up shop and pop-up climate emergency centre – what do they all have in common? They are all initiatives offered by multi-award-winning charity Sussex Green Living, to help people reduce their carbon footprint.
It might be hot air in Glasgow but not at the grassroots where this charity is concerned. On the first day of COP26 the charity became part of a new pop-up shop on the high street. They popped up their first once a month climate emergency centre, the Sussex Green Hub, on 25th September and earlier in the year saw the first appearance of their unique and quirky mobile eco display, a 1974 retrofitted milk float, called the Inspiration Eco Station, and the launch of their Bright New Future Roadshow.
With the urgent need to educate the public and children about the solutions to the climate crisis, Sussex Green Living have harnessed different ways to engage with the general public and schools. Carrie Cort, the founder and CEO of this charity, said “This year we have taken our Bright New Future Roadshow to 20 public events. We worked with 10 schools in West Sussex and 8 in East Sussex, working with Rampion Visitor Centre and Sussex Wildlife Trust, engaging with about 1,549 pupils in total”.
Paul Bellringer, Chair of Trustees for this charity, added “Thanks to grants from Sussex Community Foundation and Horsham District Council, our Inspiration Eco Station has been out on the road once or twice a week, allowing us to get right in the hearts of villages and towns, sharing ways people can reduce their carbon footprint”.
The Inspiration Eco Station’s next public engagement is at John Lewis and Waitrose Horsham on 25th November. The Sussex Green Hub next takes place on Saturday 27th November 10am – 4pm, at the United Reformed Church in Horsham and there is an evolving display at Horsham Pop-Up Shop in West Street, which at times is manned by volunteers.
Carrie continues “We are helping to build a safer, healthier and fairer world for all, enabling us to hand over a planet and future worth inheriting to the next generation. There is no room for delay, no room for talk, it is code red for humanity and time for action from all. The solutions are all out there for the taking!”
Learn more about the Sussex Green Living Inspiration Eco Station, which is part of their Bright New Future Roadshow, here: https://www.sussexgreenliving.org.uk/bright-new-future-roadshow/ and the Sussex Green Hub https://www.sussexgreenliving.org.uk/sussex-green-hub/. More details about Horsham Pop-Up shop here: www.popuphorsham.co.uk
Sussex Green Living https://www.sussexgreenliving.org.uk/
Sussex Green Living from small beginnings in 2012 is growing fast and increasingly making a difference, with help from all our volunteers and supporters. Taking action at an individual or community level is empowering and impactful, many people think “What difference can I make?” Well, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito.” African proverb quoted by the Dalai Lama.
One small change will not make a difference but think about the collective effect of many people making small changes, this ripple effect leads overall to big changes.
BBC South Today video from 7th September featuring Bright New Future Roadshow in Kingslea School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubVRc727Kug
Video about our Sustainable Action for Schools two-day event, run in collaboration with Rampion Visitor Centre, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Brighton and Hove Environmental Education:
Sussex Green Hub https://www.sussexgreenliving.org.uk/sussex-green-hub/
The Sussex Green Hub is a once-a-month community environmental event run by Sussex Green Living, with thanks to support from John Lewes and Waitrose Horsham, lots of volunteers and local groups including:
- Sussex Green Living
- Horsham Repair Café
- Horsham Refill Service
- Horsham Community Fridge
- Transition Horsham
- Horsham Eco Churches
- United Reformed Church Community Café.
Sussex Green Hub is an inspiring collaboration sharing solutions to the climate, ecological and extinction crisis. Covering subjects such as renewable energy, reducing waste through repairing, refilling, remaking, recycling and redistributing food.