Horsham Climate Cafe gives inspiration: people take stock and change habits
The speed at which Governments, organisations and institutes around the World are reacting to the Covid19 pandemic gives the organisers of the Horsham Climate Cafe hope. It shows that when faced with an emergency the world can mobilise resources and political will in the midst of the crises.
An unexpected but positive spin-off is that the world has seen a huge dip in global greenhouse gas emissions since the devastating Covid19 virus and fast mobilisation of community collaboration and support.
Carrie Cort, the founder of Sussex Green Living and co-founder of the Horsham Climate Cafe said “The UK often blame China for its huge carbon footprint but a lot of our clothes and goods are made cheaply and imported to the UK. We spent £44.7 billion on imported Chinese goods in 2018 alone”. She continues, ‘All this manufacturing of cheap goods and shipping around is a hidden carbon footprint which the UK should take responsibility for. It also means we’ve become dependent on China for manufactured goods, which leaves us vulnerable in times like this.”
Horsham Climate Cafe is normally at the Quaker Meeting House on the first Saturday of each month, on Saturday 4th April at 2pm it will use Zoom or Skype free video conferencing, enabling people to attend from their homes. Our theme – Health and climate crisis resilience. Three short inspiring talks by Tony Whitbread, Paul Hannam and Fiona Hamilton about how we can help support community resilience, save money, helping ourselves, our neighbours and the planet! There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and share concerns.
Co-founder Helen Whittington added “Climate change is effectively being addressed in part by Covid19; ironically they are the two biggest crises the world has ever experienced, one helping us to combat the other.
Carrie closed by saying, “Humans are ingenious: we have managed to heat up a whole planet and change the chemistry of the oceans… Covid 19 has now forced us to rethink the unsustainable way in which we have been living. We have a unique opportunity to make something good come out of a very negative situation. This is an amazing time to be alive to witness and experience these deep changes at a societal level happening on a global scale. The World is standing together and re-designing a better future for us all.”
Visit https://www.sussexgreenliving.org.uk/horsham-climate-cafe/ or email to join us and learn more. This page explains how to attend a Zoom event here https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting. We will share the Zoom meeting weblink on our site and in the social media nearer the date.
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About Sussex Green Living
Sussex Green Living (SGL) is a social community environmental awareness initiative. Our mission is to make the world a better place and to educate and inspire people to take action to reduce their impact on the Planet. We want to share practical ideas to help people to reduce the effects of climate change, to reduce their carbon footprint and to live in greater harmony with the planet now and for future generations.
Supported by about 120 volunteers (ad hoc) and hundreds of supporters we offer and promote these sustainable solutions:
- Horsham Climate Café – horshamclimatecafe.org.uk once a month, usually 2-4pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, however will take place using Zoom video conferencing during the Covid19 crisis.
- Horsham Repair Cafe – horshamrepaircafe.org.uk/, repairs, cleaning product bottle refill, loose dry and organic food and climate mitigation advice. POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
- Clean renewable energy switching service – bigcleanswitch.org/sussexgreen/ and a supported service at the Horsham Repair Café (when operating).
- Single-use plastic recycling scheme – public drop off locations at Quaker Meeting House in Horsham, William Penn School in Coolham, other locations can be seen on this page sussexgreenliving.co.uk/recycling-zone/single-use/but might not be operational during the Covid19 crisis
- Free environmental/climate education assemblies and lessons – sussexgreenliving.co.uk/green-education/.
- Talks to adult groups – sussexgreenliving.co.uk/spread-the-word/talks/.
- Annual ‘green inspiration through the art’ with schools or whole community – 2019 sussexgreenliving.co.uk/oceanbombed/.
- Green stand supporting local events (sales and or info/advice) – sussexgreenliving.co.uk/recycled-stand/.
- Campaigning central and local government for greener living.
- Founded Climate Reality Global Education Working Group facebook.com/GlobalClimateEducation/.
- Initiated the formation of the South East Climate Alliance – seclimatealliance.uk/.
Sussex Green Living is a multi-award winning environmental and education community initiative, details of our awards can be seen here https://www.sussexgreenliving.org.uk/about-us/