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. 

All around the world people are facing up to the climate breakdown we are currently experiencing. Mayors, Councillors and leaders are declaring a climate emergency including cities such as Bristol and London. A City councillor in Chichester has called on the mayor to declare a climate emergency. David Attenborough recently warned at COP 24 (24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) that unless action is taken “the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world” was on the horizon.  

These West Sussex groups and individuals who care about the environment and the future of humanity have decided to unite to see what positive action can be taken at this time.

The meeting is organised by Carrie Cort the founder of Sussex Green Living, an environmental awareness and education community group. She trained as a Climate Reality Leader with Al Gore and leading climate change scientist in 2016 and works with 4 other West Sussex Climate Reality Leaders. Carrie co-founded the Horsham Repair Café with fellow WSCC voluntary Waste Prevention Advisor Jill Shuker, the Horsham Quakers and is supported by about 70 volunteers (mainly from the Horsham District). 

The Horsham Repair Café will be taking place on Saturday 2nd February in the Quaker Meeting House.  The morning session runs from 10am – 1pm includes repairs of electrical and household items, energy advise and switching to clean renewable energy, a household and personal cleaning product bottle refill, also a plastic free pantry. People are invited to visit the Repair Café prior to the S.O.S. meeting to learn more about the climate solutions on offer.

Who are we waiting for? Our leaders seem otherwise engaged. We the people must come together. The latest IPCC report from climate scientists who addressed the world leaders say we have 12 years to sort out this climate emergency, so lets come together, rise up and take action, so our children will thank us. Please arrive at the Unitarian Church 1.15pm for a group photo followed at 1.30pm by the meeting where everyone will be invited to share their voice and ideas. Ideally please confirm attended on the meeting Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/events/354773151982437/?active_tab=about or email cort@sussexgreenliving.co.uk. 

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About Sussex Green Living (SGL)

Founded in 2012, SGL is a not-for-profit unincorporated community initiative – a green network and educational hub with the aim of inspiring people to live greener, more sustainable lives. The founder Carrie Cort trained as a voluntary WSCC Waste Prevention Advisor in March 2012 and is the co-founder of the Horsham Repair Cafe with Jill Shuker another Waste Prevention Advisor, along with about many volunteers.  Gradually this Sussex network has grown and now has about 70 people actively supporting their environmental work.

In March 2016 Carrie trained in Manila, Philippines with former Vice President Al Gore, leading Climate Change scientists and communicators as part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corp. She is now one of 15,000 activists otherwise known as Climate Reality Leaders, of which there are about 150 in the UK and 5 in West Sussex. This is a global network committed climate activists who are spreading awareness of the climate crisis and working for solutions to the greatest challenge of our time.

More information www.SussexGreenLiving.co.uk and www.HorshamRepairCafe.org.uk 

Other groups involved in the S.O.S. Climate Emergency Day meeting are Transition groups

 

Worthing Climate Action Network, Transition Town Worthing, Worthing Repair Cafe, Dorking Repair Cafe, Extinction Rebellion Dorking, Dorking Climate Emergency Week organisers, Steyning 10:10, Transition Horsham, Transition HKD (Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Ditchling), Cuckmere Valley Transition, Extinction Rebellion Lewes, Climate Reality Leaders, Transition Chichester, Chichester Repair Café, Kinder Living Team who run the Kinder Living Home Show and Refill Horsham District.

About the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 

The IPCC was created to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation options. 

More information about the I.P.C.C. Report can be seen here https://www.ipcc.ch/

A summery of the report here http://www.hftf.org.uk/blog/2018/10/22/ippc-report#.XC6KiVz7Tcc

Climate change education webinar

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, with a further 26 sessions in children’s groups, eco summits, conferences and at events like the Brighton Science Festival. This webinar shares the collaborations and partnerships which have helped to further my reach and impact.

The video ends with other Climate Reality Leaders who have been working in climate change education, sharing their work, ideas and best practices.

 

It is only when you are filmed you notice how many ummms you say! Sorry, I really must wipe that from my language!  To learn more about The Future We Want LESS C02 school programme either visit this page or contact me. Testimonials can also be seen here.

“Greening Sussex by Sussex families”

 

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

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

Pop-up Share Fair in Horsham

Join us in the Human Nature Garden, Horsham Park on Sunday 8th July 12 – 6pm, where there will be a pop-up Share Fair and Horsham Repair Café. We will be running alongside the Horsham Rotary family event Funday Sunday.

A Share Fair is a social event where instead of buying new things, people share, swap or recycle stuff. People meet each other to share skills, ideas and stories – like an old-fashioned market but with no money. Read more

Help is at Hand for Horsham!

Help is at hand in more way than one, the Horsham Repair Cafe has been given a helping hand by Horsham Tesco shoppers and Tesco. This inspiring new community initiative has been voted the winner of Tesco Bags of Help, during November and December shoppers in the Horsham Tesco Express stores and the Broadbridge Heath store were able to use the tokens to vote for their chosen community initiative, the Horsham Repair Cafe received the most votes. Read more

​Horsham Repair Cafe Christmas and beyond…

Groundwork offering energy advice

Press Release

HORSHAM REPAIR CAFE FULL OF CHRISTMAS CHEER AND NEW YEAR NEWS

Horsham Repair Cafe wrapped up three months of operation on Saturday 2nd December with a truly outstanding session.

As a result, it has been decided to add a date in January, rather than wait for the next officially publicised event which was to be in February.  The additional date is confirmed as Saturday 6th January 2018 and people are invited to bring along such items as Christmas cards, cracker decorations and unwanted cracker gifts; any wrapping paper which is not going to be reused next year and cardboard kitchen rolls for some upcycling fun.  Anyone wishing to participate in an unwanted gift exchange should contact HRC on the email below. Read more

Al Gore broadcast Climate Reality for 24 hours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT ANNOUNCES 24 HOURS OF REALITY GLOBAL BROADCAST TO TAKE PLACE DECEMBER 4-5, HIGHLIGHTING CLIMATE ACTIVISM AROUND THE WORLD

WASHINGTON, DC (November 15, 2017) – Today, The Climate Reality Project announced that the seventh-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast – a star-studded, 24-hour live event focused on the climate crisis and its solutions – will take place December 4-5, 2017. Hosted by former US Vice President and Climate Reality Founder and Chairman Al Gore, Read more

​Horsham Repair Cafe – saving energy & Christmas lights!

Press release

Do you dread turning on your Christmas tree lights? The festive season can be an expensive and wasteful time of year and so often those Christmas tree lights don’t work! Well if that is the case, do not despair, the Horsham Repair Cafe can help.

On 2nd December at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham there will be a team of experts ready, willing and able to fix Christmas lights, flashing Christmas jumpers, small electrical appliances, computers, iphones, ipads, tablets, clothing repairs and much more.   Read more

Black Monday NOT Black Friday!

The day the world turned black and we are NOT talking about Black Friday! Monday 16th October 2017 and severe weather events created the rarest phenomenon England has ever seen. There was the brightest blood curdling red sun shining through the weirdest clouds,  then at 3pm it got darker and darker and went black. Read more

Horsham families win green family National Awards

Horsham families are at the forefront of the fight against climate change and have been recognised with a National Award. Carrie Cort, her 9 year old son Adam and her Mother, Jean Francis went to collect the award for their family’s efforts at the P.E.A. Awards in London on Friday 13 October. These awards acknowledge green heroes from the UK and beyond. Read more

Sussex Green Living volunteer shortlisted for award

Jill Shuker shortlisted for the Volunteer Award

PRESS RELEASE

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. Read more

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. Read more

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.  Read more

Launch of Horsham Repair Cafe

PRESS RELEASE

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. Read more

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. Read more

The Future We Want – LESS C02 campaign

The Future We Want - LESS C02

The Future We Want – LESS C02 campaign was launched by Sussex Green Living in June 2017 at the Billingshurst Carnival.  This programme was developed as a result of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corp training (more information below) and a WWF competition. In March 2017 Carrie, the founder of Sussex Green Living, was shortlisted as the WWF Earth Hour Community Hero. At the same WWF Earth Hour Parliamentary reception, Adam her 9 year old son was announced as a winner in the WWF KS2 The Future We Want – Climate Challenge poster competition, with his Climate Cartoon.

Carrie and Adam decided that they need to give future generations the knowledge and a voice to encourage everyone to care better for the planet which sustains us. Read more

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  Read more

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. Read more

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’ Read more