Ludicrous contradiction in Evening Standard

Letter to the editor of the Evening Standard…..

After reading yesterdays paper I was shocked by the contradictions. On one page I read how “Quarter of London’s parks and playgrounds break the limits on filthy air with dangerous concentrations of nitrogen dioxide. The EU safe limit in accordance with the World Health Organisation is an average of 40 µg/m3 per year yet Victoria Embankment Gardens are 59.8 µg/m3′ ”

Then a couple of pages later Andrew Leadson states “XR are protesting in the wrong city and how the UK must be a beacon of hope for other nations”. She then goes on to say “We are sorting out our own back yards and the UK is already taking urgent action on climate change” Read more

Climate Change Public Forum in Pulborough

Climate Change – A discussion and debate about this burning subject.

Speakers are drawn from CPRE Sussex, the Arun to Adur Farm Clusters, The Sussex Wildlife Trust and Sussex Green Living.

Date: Friday 18th October

Time: 7pm

Venue: Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, Pulborough RH20 2BF

Free with tea and sandwiches in the interval

The talks will be by the following guest speakers chaired by Jane Mote, media expert and ex BBC broadcaster. Read more

Are your clothes really causing climate change?

Now how is it that clothes are causing climate change? …..Where in the world are your clothes made?  Take a look through your drawers and cupboard to find out! In the 1980s lots of clothes manufacturers decided they wanted to copy some of the big expensive brands, however to ensure they sold more and more cheaply and faster they moved their manufacturing bases to Asia. Most of the world’s clothes now are made in China, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka where the price of labour is much cheaper.

Container ships produce more greenhouse gas emissions than some small countries. According to The Essential Daily Briefing: “It has been estimated that just one of these container ships, the length of around six football pitches, can produce the same amount of pollution as 50 million cars (22/04/2018)

Like many commodities, clothes are transported by cargo ships which equals a rather serious carbon footprint and directly contributes to climate change.  Read more

Pre-loved clothes sale in Horsham

 

Did you know the second most polluting industry is the fast fashion industry? Learn more about the problems in this blog ‘Are your clothes really causing climate change? We are delighted to announce a local solution….in partnership with our friends at One World Living and our great volunteers, we are running a pre-loved clothes sale otherwise known as a kilo sale! It is on Saturday 9th November 12-4pm at Greenway Academy, Greenway, Horsham, RH12 2JS, at the end of Green GB Week. We will be selling quality pre-loved clothes for a bargin £10 per kilo (normally kilo sales charge £15 a kilo).

To give you an idea of what you will get for one kilo….. a pair of man’s denim jeans will be about 1.5 and 2 kg and woman’s clothing 1 kg will be about 1 pair of denim jeans or about 6 T-shirts. Thanks to the PTA at Greenway Academy there will be drinks and homemade cakes for sale, so come for the afternoon. There will be a separate areas for children, ladies and men’s clothes.

Proceeds from this sale will help us deliver FREE climate education in local schools, learn more here,  also deprived children and families Romania and Uganda. Plus helping the planet and your pocket! Read more

Horsham Climate Cafe

Coming soon……The Horsham Climate Cafe which will run alongside the Horsham Repair Cafe when it moves to larger premises, we hope early in 2020.

In the meantime on the first Saturday of October, November and December the Horsham Repair Cafe is expanding and will be split between two locations, as follows:

The household cleaning product bottle refill service and the plastic free dry, organic and loose food will still take place at the Quaker Meeting House 10 – 1pm, with lots of advice about recycling and our single-use plastic recycling scheme.

At the Unitarian Church Hall 10 – 1pm (about four buildings up Worthing Road opposite the bus station – same postcode) – we will be repairing household electrical goods, phones, computers and textile repairs, plus energy switching. Read more

Horsham community step up to the Climate Crisis

PRESS RELEASE

With climate change in the news daily, heatwaves, the hottest July date ever recorded, wettest August and now the Amazon ablaze, who would blame people to despair. Help is at hand to Horsham District residents, on the first Saturday of every month at the Horsham Repair Café. Not only do the volunteers offer repairs, refills and recycling advice but they give clean energy advice and switching and climate change solutions.

Governments have been talking about climate change since the early 90s, it is only now in 2019 that we are seeing fast escalating action, with more than half the UK’s principal local authorities having declared a climate emergency in the last eight months. The Horsham Repair Café run by Sussex Green Living with the help of the Horsham Quakers and lots of volunteers are stepping up to this climate crisis.  Read more

Help with climate emergency work and maybe win £25k

Community groups whose work benefits residents of the Horsham District have been invited to sign up to benefit from the new Horsham District Community Lottery. So Sussex Green Living and one of our outreach initiatives the Horsham Repair Cafe have signed up!

Ticket sales are now open, 60p from every £1 ticket will go to charities, voluntary organisations and other good causes whose work benefits Horsham District communities. Players of the lottery can win a £25,000 jackpot, plus smaller prizes.

1 in 50 – Every ticket has a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize every week!

£25,000 prize if you match all 6 numbers in the correct order!

Who are we and what do we do for the Horsham community?

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More Yard Bombing or we call it Ocean Bombing!

Environmental art and message ocean bomb Horsham District

Horsham Carfax Bandstand

Horsham District was bombarded with environmental art and activity on Saturday 6th July. Volunteers from the Horsham Repair Café and Sussex Green Living, an environmental awareness and educational network, provided a dazzling array of ‘environmentally friendly’ stalls at their second Share, Care and Repair Fair, this year within Horsham Market. It was part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 and Horsham Festival.

In the run up to this unique Fair nineteen locations – shops, salons, sports centre, Horsham library and the Carfax bandstand, had surprize eco ocean art installed with environmental messages, plus a display at the Fair. This Community Eco Ocean Art project, sponsored by Biffa, was the brainchild of the founder of Sussex Green Living Carrie Cort. Carrie said “People are so worried about plastic pollution and the plight of the planet, I thought this would be fun for anyone of any age to get creative around communicating the problems and solutions”. She continued “Their art had to be made of unwanted materials or acrylic wool. Acrylic wool is a problem because it is synthetic, plastics, which means it will take decades to completely break down”.

Pam Tedder one of the Horsham Repair Café volunteers co-ordinated the yarn or ocean bombing of the Carfax bandstand.  Read more

Time to Act as Sussex Leads the way on Climate pledges

West Sussex County Council Climate Pledge

The Countryside Charity, CPRE Sussex is calling for people to respond to an opportunity to help their local Councils work out how to deal with the Climate Emergency.

Sussex councils are leading the way on Climate pledges in the South East according to information compiled by the South East Climate Alliance (SECA).

More councils have declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ in Sussex than in any other county in the Region. Twelve of the sixteen Local Authorities in East and West Sussex have already acted to declared an emergency or have passed a motion to do so, learn more here. Read more

Clean renewable energy, saves money and the planet!

Solar panelsTake a few moments to learn how you can power your home using clean renewable energy, saving money and the planet!

What do we mean by ‘clean energy’?

Power stations, wind turbines and solar farms all feed their energy into the Grid, like rivers running into a big pond. When you switch to clean energy, your supplier guarantees that however much electricity you take out of the ‘pond’, the same amount of clean energy will be put in. The more people who switch to clean tariffs, the more renewable energy that goes into the pond. This means that the energy sector is producing less pollution and carbon which is crucial if we are to reduce global warming and climate change.

Approximately 30% of the UK’s electricity is generated from renewable sources.

Under new laws, Britain’s biggest energy companies will have to buy renewable energy from their own customers, for example, homeowners who install new rooftop solar panels from 1 January 2020 will be able to lower their bills by selling the energy they do not need to their supplier. Read more

‘The Future We Want’ Billingshurst Carnival procession

Climate Action procession in Billingshurst

‘The Future We Want’ Billingshurst Carnival procession

‘The Future We Want’ Billingshurst Carnival procession

Want to join a climate action procession to express the urgent need for people to make changes to their lives to reduce the effects for climate change? Want your children to inherit a healthy planet? Join us as we march for the third year running for ‘The Future We Want – LESS C02’ and climate action.

When: Sunday 30th June

Where: The procession will depart from Jengers Mead, Billingshurst at 12 noon, arriving at Billingshurst Show just off of Lower Station Road *.

Led by Carrie Cort the founder of Sussex Green Living (SGL), volunteers from this West Sussex network and members of the public. Carrie trained with Al Gore the former US Vice President and leading climate change scientists as part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corp.

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Make your home more planet friendly


Save Resources – And Money – With Sustainable Living

Developed nations now consume an estimated 16 tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels, and biomass per capita every year, meaning that we are consuming Earth’s resources at an entirely unsustainable rate. Though this may seem a daunting fact, you can make a difference in your Sussex home by joining the 94% of residents in the South East that have already committed to making positive changes to lead a greener lifestyle. Doing so could have a worthwhile impact on your household’s pocket as well as its sustainability! Here are some changes you can enact at home. Read more

Climate Emergency – please can you help us?


Dear Horsham and West Sussex residents,

Climate change news is everywhere. It seems too bigger problem for many people and is the greatest environmental threat humanity has ever faced, but you can do something. Here are some ways in West Sussex and Horsham you can help….. Read more

Caring for clothes & planet events

During the first half of 2019 Sussex Green Living and the Horsham Repair Cafe are out and about, inpiring people to ‘make do and mend’, remake, repair, repatch and basically love the clothes and materials around them. Come and learn long lost skills of sewing, patches, repairing buttons, clothes etc. Learn about fast fashion and the damage it is causing our planet, solutions, ways of saving money and the planet……

2nd (10-4pm) and 3rd March (10-3pm) Horsham Repair Cafe and Sussex Green Living are at the Kinder Living Home Show, County Hall, North Horsham, Park Street, Horsham, RH12 1XH. The event aims to encourage more sustainable choices in our homes, gardens and daily lives. We will be offering repairs to electrical household items and clothes and clothes swapping. Read more

Kinder Living event in Horsham


We are going to be at the Kinder Living Home Show on Saturday 2nd (10-4pm) and Sunday 3rd (10-4pm) March 2019, with Sussex Green Living displays and a pop-up Horsham Repair Cafe come along and see us.

What is the Kinder Living Home Show? Read more

Declare a climate emergency

Press release: World SOS Climate Emergency Day Horsham meeting

 

Tsunami of support for Councils in South East to declare Climate emergency

Councils across the South East of England are being urged to declare a ‘Climate Emergency’, after a ground-breaking meeting in Horsham on Saturday 2nd February.  Held to mark World S.O.S. Climate Emergency Day, the meeting brought together for the first time environmental groups from 11 towns from Surrey, and East and West Sussex. Over 126 people aged from 10 to 80 were present. The venue had to be changed three times to accommodate the surge of interest, and took place finally in Horsham’s Unitarian Church. Read more

World S.O.S. Climate Emergency meeting

PRESS RELEASE

UNITED WE STAND

On Saturday 2nd February at 1.15pm a S.O.S. Climate Emergency Day Meeting is taking place in Horsham Library, the Quaker Meeting House Unitarian Church now due to increasing numbers, open to the general public. In attendance will be people from environmental groups from Horsham, Steyning, Worthing, Chichester, Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Dorking. The aim being to discuss the climate emergency, planned regional actions and agree collaboration.  Read more

Ethical & sustainable clothes detector game & lessons

This award winning ethical and sustainable clothes detector invention and game is teaching children and adults alike about the link between fast fashion and climate change.  Through our environmental education programme this year the invention has visited 40 primary schools in West Sussex, where we delivered free assemblies and lessons. We have also used the detector as part of clothes and climate change sessions in children’s groups and public events and delivered talks to adult groups around the subject.

Who invented such a game? Seven pupils from the William Penn Primary School in Coolham are responsible for this great green invention, which won a national award  at the Better Energy School Awards at London Zoo. Read more

No do NOT make eco bricks!

Here at SGL headquarters we are contacted time and time again about whether we could be a drop off location for eco bricks, our response is always NO NO NO.

Eco bricks have been around for years, they were first developed to deal with flexible single use plastics and plastic bottles in countries which did not have a council offering waste collection and recycling. The idea being it was better to collect the materials, preventing them from going in the rivers and sea and making something useful with them. Now Eco bricks have taken off in the UK after a post was seen a lot of times, and people have begun to ‘make’ them. Read more

Climate change education webinar

On Friday 26th October I was invited to deliver a Climate Reality webinar with other Climate Reality Leaders from around the globe, who are interested in climate change education in schools. During the seminar I shared the ‘Inspiring climate education collaboration’ which I launched last October and achievements within primary education.

Over the last year I have delivered the Future We Want LESS C02 programme FREE in primary schools across West Sussex, including 20 whole-school assemblies and 40 KS2 lessons, Read more

Whose waste is it anyway? Event in Brighton

Whose waste is it anyway? Is a new event taking place at the Brighthelm Centre, Brighton on Thursday 1 November 2018 between 10:00 – 3pm. Carrie Cort, founder of Sussex Green Living is giving a talk on the shocking journey of a cotton T shirt and the environmental effects for the fast fashion industry.

Waste is a hot topic right now.  Read more

Climate change awareness in Horsham District


Saturday 8th September Horsham Market saw climate leadership rising from the grassroots. Volunteers from Sussex Green Living and the Horsham Repair Café took part in the global Rise for Climate mobilisation.  Together with tens of thousands of people from 7 continents, in 95 countries, people worldwide demanded real climate action from their local leaders. Read more

Carbon offsetting made easy

When Carrie flew to Montenegro in May for the Green Culture Festival she offsetting four tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. There are a number of organisations offering carbon offsetting but after liaising with other climate leaders   Carrie chose www.carbonfootprint.com . Read more

Join our Eco Billingshurst Carnival Procession

Grandparents, parents & children sharing ‘The Future We Want’ at Billingshurst Carnival

Come and join our ‘The Future We Want’ Billingshurst Carnival Procession

This is your invitation to come, have fun and share your greener living message with our Sussex Green Living carnival procession. For a second year running we are taking a procession in the Billingshurst carnival, run by the Billingshurst Rotary on Sunday 24th June.  Last year about 30 local people of all ages and two eco vehicles joined us, learn more here. This years Rotary theme is Heroes and Villains, our theme is The Future We Want – Greener Living! Read more

Carbon footprint of a cuppa!

Now we all love a cuppa, but have you ever thought about its carbon footprint? Is there a greener option? For example …..Where in the World was the tea grown? Where in the World does all the packaging come from? Where in the World was it blended and packaged? How much packaging does it have? Can you buy your tea with less packaging?  Or no packaging?

Think about this…….. Read more