Sussex Green Living, is a young, energetic award-winning charity offering information, education, debate and practical ideas for an environmentally friendly lifestyle, reducing our negative impact on the natural world.

Our exciting new project is the Bright New Future Roadshow and our Inspiration Eco-Station. The Vision is for a sustainable, adaptable and entertaining Roadshow, offered free of charge to groups and organisations such as schools, churches, other faith groups, community groups etc, either on a stand-alone basis or as part of a larger event (for instance a “Village Day”). We would like to work with parish councils too who we hope might be able to offer a gesture grant towards our costs.

Goals for the Bright New Future Roadshow & Inspiration Eco-Station Include:

  • Offer creative, fun, educational, practical demonstrations and advice
  • Use interactive performances such as music, dance, drama and art
  • Promote discussion and increase understanding of the immense urgency of the Climate and Environmental Crisis
  • Inspire others to take action and share by word of mouth and example
  • Inspire changes to reduce carbon footprints, reduce waste and conserve nature
  • Encourage all ages to get involved in positive community action

The project is led by Carrie Cort

Carrie is CEO of Sussex Green Living, she trained with Al Gore with the Climate Reality Leadership Core and is also a qualified WSCC Waste Prevention Advisor and an Eco Schools assessor. Carrie works closely with many other local groups including Transition Horsham, Horsham Eco Churches, Greening Steyning, Vegan Fest Horsham and BilliGreen (Billingshurst environmental group who run our special recycling scheme for their community), who have all expressed an interest in being involved in the Roadshow.

What’s on Offer?

We could offer at a stand-alone roadshow or as part of a community event or our Inspiration Eco-Station on its own. Depending on the event and the space available, organisers will be able to choose from a ‘pick n mix’ of interactive performances and activities to accompany the static display of the Inspiration Eco-Station and the mobile School Woodland Theatre. When on site together they will be connected by a purpose-built waterproof shade sail, providing a covered and well-ventilated workshop or demonstration area.

Inspiration Eco-Station

A retro-fitted electric milk float, being designed with the help of volunteers Georgina Ullmann and by Digital Artist Emma Pile, with interchangeable information boards, advice and games:

  • Inspiring ideas to reduce carbon footprints
  • Changing to clean renewable energy
  • Divesting money from fossil fuels
  • The Future Home Game exploring how to make the environment more eco
  • Conversations around food choices e.g. growing food, local, in season, eating less meat and dairy
  • Buying less stuff, focusing on a game exploring fast fashion, clothes miles and sustainable solutions
  • 6 Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Refill and Recycle conversations, talks and displays
  • Sign posting to local environmental groups and solutions
  • Inspiring vision of an exciting sustainable world and low carbon career opportunities

Mobile School Woodland Theatre

Clive Cobie’s creatively converted lorry, powered by bio-fuel, provides a woodland stage and when linked with our eco-float a covered area for activities such as:

  • Fun children’s game painted on the lorry illustrating the evolutionary planet
  • Mobile woodland stage for intergenerational drama, song and dance
  • Bushcraft activities to look after, protect and nurture the natural world
  • Learn about water purification using charcoal
  • Upcycle with unwanted materials and nature’s materials
  • Share small trees which the youth groups have potted
  • Make seed bombs

Movingsounds Workshop

Keith Ellis – Arts-based all age environmental workshops with participation and inclusion. The Connected Show, multi-media for schools and communities, looking at environmental issues and inspiring solutions, using music, video and performance, to facilitate an inspiring learning experience leading to pro-active change.

Choose from one or a combination of:

  • Music
  • Drama
  • Puppetry
  • Relaxation
  • Making (arts and crafts)
  • Discussion (using Moso Mind Map)
  • Songs and Music

What Nature and Biomimicry Can Teach Us

Talks and activities about biomimicry by Nicola Peel, who has spent 20 years working in the Amazon immersed in deep nature, amazed at the sheer number of species encountered and what they have to teach us about materials, architecture, communication, design functions and so much more.

Environmental Dancer

Catherine Sleeman – Dance performances and workshops reflecting natural world beauty and climate crisis tragedy. Catherine leads the Sussex Green Living Youth Eco Forum, learn more here. The Lost Words Dances and A Tale of Two Bluebirds two pieces of Catherine’s dance choreography, filmed in lockdown can be seen below.

Input from our Youth Eco Forum

Subject to location and availability:

  • Guided nature walks learning about woodland and possibly foraging
  • Creative writing about nature and climate change
  • How to inspire change through stories
  • Woodwork, arts and crafts etc.
  • Learn about an outdoor youth day the Youth Eco Forum are running here

Other Partners Maybe Able to Offer

  • Cooking, discussing, and eating sustainable food together exploring pros and cons of different options (organic, local, plant-based, zero waste…)
  • Environmental storytelling
  • Talks / presentations on environmental topics
  • Solar panel making workshops – we are planning holiday workshops learn more here
  • Wind turbine workshops – we are planning holiday workshops learn more here

We hope to find more groups and individuals with skills that we can use, and skill up some of our own volunteers to take part.

Sponsorship and Donations

Welcome from organisations and individuals to enable the launch of this exciting project in 2021. Please contact Carrie for more information about sponsorship including your logo on our Eco-Float.

Learn how you can support Sussex Green Living’s environmental charitable work through raising money for us, sometimes at no cost to yourself.

https://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/home/donate/

Learn more about:
Our outdoor education day and wind turbine and solar workshops here.

Our assemblies, lessons and workshops for schools here.

Feeling inspired to get involved?

We are always looking for volunteers, so get in touch or come and meet us and see how you can get involved! Join us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, or sign up to receive our latest news (it only takes two seconds to add your email address – simply click on black ‘Follow‘ tab on bottom right of this screen!). Feel free to also send us an email using our contact form, or come and say hello at our events like the Horsham Climate Cafe or the Horsham Repair Cafe!

Inspiring sustainable living in Sussex