P.E.A. Awards 2017: Winners Announced

We are really excited and honoured to report that our family were awarded the P.E.A. (People, Environment, Achievement) Award for Britain’s Greenest Family. These awards recognise green heroes who are taking matters into their own hands and providing inspiring alternatives to business as usual.

This award is for all the families in West Sussex who are working with us for a greener future. Thanks to the following families, in no particular order: Cheri Midderigh, Sarah Poole, Jill Shuker, Laura Haffenden, Mark FitzGibbon, Alex Wyver-Northam, Anne Sartain, Rosalind Peters, Patricia Fitzroy, Karrie Mellor, Alan Wright, all the Climate Reality Leaders and their families and of course my family, to name a few. Continue reading

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Sussex Green Living volunteer shortlisted for award

Jill Shuker shortlisted for the Volunteer Award

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Finalists announced in the BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards 2017

BBC Sussex is today proud to announce the finalists for the seventh year of the BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards.

The Awards are dedicated to celebrating unsung heroes from across the local area. Over recent months, listeners have been invited to make their nominations across nine categories including Fundraiser, Volunteer and Young Achiever of the Year. Continue reading

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Horsham Repair Cafe an outstanding success

The first session of the new Horsham Repair Café on Saturday 7th October proved an outstanding success.  At 10am approximately 50 people came through the doors of the Horsham Quaker Meeting House to witness the official opening by Jeremy Quin MP and Councilor Philip Circus, who spoke about the importance of this initiative for Horsham District. Continue reading

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FREE climate education & textile fundraising reduce CO2

‘The Future We Want – LESS C02’ Sustainable Solutions for West Sussex Schools Programme is launched!

This programme saves schools money, makes money, reduce C02 emissions and offers FREE KS2 ‘The Future We Want – LESS C02 assemblies and lessons.

Sussex Green Living in partnership with Bags of Support an ethical West Sussex based textile recycling company are offering FREE inspiring assemblies and lessons to schools and fundraising through textile recycling which in turn will help schools to reduce their carbon footprint and the effects of climate change. Continue reading

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Inspiration through Green Art

Children from all over West Sussex competed in our Eco Beast Sculpture competition in July, culminating in a public display at the family event ‘Funday Sunday’ in Horsham Park.

The four winning schools –  Warninglid, Georgian Gardens, William Penn School and Upper Beeding – enjoyed their prizes on 8th, 11th, 12th and 13th September.  Continue reading

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Launch of Horsham Repair Cafe

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1st West Sussex Repair Café launches in Horsham

What do you do with a broken toaster? Or a laptop which is on the go slow? Or with a ripped pair of trousers? Bin it? No, repair, remake, reuse and refresh, saving money and helping the planet. Sussex Green Living an environmental awareness and education community initiative and Horsham Quakers are launching a Repair Café on 7th October in Horsham. This will be the first Repair Café in West Sussex and will take place on the first Saturday of every month 10am– 12.30pm. Continue reading

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Eco Beasts take over West Sussex!

Eco Beast Competition

Eco Beast Sculptures migrated from across West Sussex and took over a marquee in Horsham Park at ‘Funday Sunday’ on Sunday 9th July.  Children from all over the county had wonderful fun making Eco Beast Sculptures out of waste resources. The best sculptures from schools and children’s uniformed groups formed a stunning public exhibition at this family event. Continue reading

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The Future We Want – LESS C02 Programme

The Future We Want - LESS C02

‘The Future We Want – LESS C02 School Programme’ is a free sustainable solutions for schools programme for primary schools, regardless of whether they are run by the local authority, an academy or independent. Initially we are targeting schools in West Sussex.

This programme will:

  • Save money for schools
  • Provide ideas for schools to raise funds
  • Offer FREE assemblies and lessons for children in years 5 and/or 6
  • Offer free ‘LESS C02′ sustainable schools energy efficiency programme for school management. This is delivered by Ashden, a charity with a mission to help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world. Schools that take part in ‘LESS CO2′ save on average £2,600 and 10 tonnes of carbon in their first year! Continue reading
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Horsham Repair Cafe launch on 7th October

Horsham Repair CaféLaunching SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER 2017 then taking place on the 1st Saturday of every month 10 – 12.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL

Alongside the regular monthly cleaning materials refills sessions on first Saturday each month, Sussex Green Living in partnership with Horsham Quakers  Continue reading

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Stop the drilling for oil & gas near Billingshurst

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Did you know that test drilling for oil and gas has just started at Broadford Bridge (Wood Barn Farm)  near West Chiltington/Billingshurst? Read on to learn the history behind this project and why so many local people do not know about it.

Do you want lorries with oil, gas and chemicals driving around our little country lanes, risk of polluted air, oil flare lighting the night sky and the potential for carcinogenic chemicals leaching into our soil and water supply?  Continue reading

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Funday Sunday in Horsham Park

Funday Sunday is coming to Horsham Park on 9th July. This event is replacing the annual Sparks in the Park and promises to be a great family day out in Horsham. In addition to the fun-fair in the park there will be a stage with different performances taking place all afternoon.  There will also be sports events and other activities for children of all ages to have a go. Continue reading

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Action plan against climate change

PLEDGES FOR THE PLANET

Please read and print this page, it’s a handy checklist and action plan to help you reduce your carbon footprint and impact on the planet.  Indicate if you need to or have already undertaken the suggested actions. Share the list and your knowledge with as many other people as you can and encourage them to move to a ‘greener future’. Continue reading

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Fantastic family woodland event

Into the Trees – family event

9th and 10th September 2017

Pippingford Park, Sussex

 ‘Rope swinging, pond skimming, slacklining, woodworking.

I have been to lots of festivals and I loved the peace of this one’ Continue reading

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Q&A: All About Climate Change

What is climate change?

To understand climate change, it is best to first define climate. The climate of an area or region refers to the typical or average weather. For example, the climate of Hawaii is sunny and warm. When you hear about climate change, this is describing a change in the climate of an area, such as temperature, precipitation, or wind patterns that occur over several decades or longer. Climate change is also a change in the Earth’s overall climate, such as an increase in the Earth’s average temperature. Continue reading

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What’s the problem with palm oil?

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the fruit of oil palm trees, which are found mainly in Indonesia and Malaysia. The oil is very versatile and is used in many common consumer products, including foods, cosmetics and household products and its use has been increasing steadily. So what is the problem? Well, unfortunately palm oil production causes massive environmental damage as land is cleared to make way for plantations – trees are cut down, soil is degraded and biodiversity is negatively affected. Continue reading

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Mother and son acknowledged at Climate Awards

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A mother and son from Sussex were both acknowledged for their inspirational environmental work at the WWF Earth Hour Parliamentary Reception at the Palace of Westminster on 28th February.

Carrie Cort was shortlisted for the WWF Community Hero Award for climate justice work within her community, whilst her nine-year old son Adam won the KS2 WWF Climate Challenge ‘The Future We Want’ poster competition. Continue reading

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Free outdoor education for teachers

Each year the South Downs National Park Authority hosts a gathering of teachers and ‘learning outside the classroom’ providers to share ideas and inspiration around using the Park to enhance learning. This free teacher’s conference has some inspirational keynote speakers, such as Dr Sue Waite and Ian Blackwell from Natural Connections and Pam Ellis and Claire Aspinall from Park Discoverers.

Carrie Cort, Environmental Educator and Climate Campaigner will be delivering a workshop with Nicola Peel, Continue reading

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A Tietastic Guinness World Records

Carrie Cort is ‘Officially Amazing’, so say the Guinness World Record (GWR) office.  Last year as part of a ‘Green Play and Display Day’ which Carrie organised in the Human Nature Garden, Horsham Park, she attempted to beat the GWR challenge for the person wearing the most neckties, which was 260 ties, 400 had been donated. Carrie managed to beat the record by 10, a small margin but her neck would take no more! Her GWR officials were (left to right) Jeremy Quin MP, Amanda Jupp – WSCC County Councillor, Paul Bellringer – founder of Horsham Festival and Sarah Bamsey, who placed the ties.  Continue reading

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Exciting county-wide competition for children

Eco Beast Sculpture Competition – Green Inspiration Through the Arts

Sussex Green Living in partnership with Horsham Festival and West Sussex County Council Waste Prevention team, are delighted to launch an Eco Beast Sculpture competition, open to children and young people in West Sussex.

Our aim

This exciting competition aims to inspire young sculptors Continue reading

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Remake, redesign & repair creative craft textile workshop 2017

Creative remaking workshops

Come and learn about an exciting new fashion trend and walk away with a revived, reinvented and reinvigorated wardrobe!  Our creative material workshops specialise in re-using stunning neckties in an amazing range of projects (other materials are available too). We are all about re-using, re-making, redesigning and making do with what we already have, or you are welcome to bring your own chosen material. Our aim is to help the environment and save you money!

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26 eco-friendly Christmas tips

Pedro ChristmasWe’ve got some great tips to help you enjoy Christmas, so you can spoil yourself and your loved ones without spoiling the planet.

Here’s a uniquely seasonal paradox. Is it possible to buy a truly green Christmas tree? Artificial trees aren’t biodegradable and need enormous amounts of energy to manufacture. So it may come as a surprise that buying a real tree is not necessarily a greener option. Continue reading

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Inconvenient Truth changes lives

Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth coming to Horsham. On Tuesday 25th October 8pm Transition Horsham are showing the film at their monthly meeting at the Friends Meeting House, Worthing Road, RH12 1SL (opposite Sainsburys). Come and let this film change your life!

Premiered 10 years ago at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival the documentary An Inconvenient Truth took the world by storm.  The film creatively shares former United States Vice President Al Gore‘s campaign to educate citizens about global warming.   Continue reading

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Eco friendly football stadiums

This infographic shows the evolution of eco-friendly football stadiums. With the world doing its best to go green, football clubs are following and doing what they can to build, or in some cases change their stadiums to be as eco-friendly as possible. The infographic explores just what football stadiums can do to become greener and also look at some of the amazing stadiums of the future to see just how eco-friendly a football stadium can be. Continue reading

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E.Y.E. Eco Summit goes to Chichester

Energy Matters workshop

The E.Y.E. (Eco Young and Engaged) Project ran its first Eco Summit at the Weald and Downland Museum just outside Chichester yesterday. Previously they have run nine Eco Summits in the Worthing and Adur area.  We were asked to deliver three Energy Matters workshops at the Summit for Your Energy Sussex.   Continue reading

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Top Environmental Influencers 2016

We are delighted to announce that our commitment to environmental sustainability has been recognised by Greenmatch and we have been included in their list of favourite Environmental Influencers of 2016.

This list includes environmental blogs, initiatives, individuals, sites and organisations influencing the discussion about the environment in 2016. They say….. Continue reading

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