Horsham Climate Cafe

Horsham Climate Cafe – Corona Virus Action Plan!

We hope you will all be delighted to hear – The Horsham Climate Cafe will continue throughout the current social distancing and quarantine measures! We’re now switching to online meetings using Zoom (see joining instructions below!), a FREE and easy to use video chat and video conferencing service – meaning you can tune in, connect with people, continue to be involved (or even easily check us out for the first time!) – all from the comfort of your own home! Until we can resume our physical meetings, please do pop in on us EVERY Saturday at 2pm for an hour – we’d love to see you there! Our sessions will involve tips and tricks to save the planet and our pennies for all the family (quarantine friendly, of course!). See below for the exciting schedule for our planned sessions so far…

How do I join the online meetings?

It’s really very simple!

  1. At 2pm just click on this weblink https://www.zoom.us/join, then insert this meeting ID: 743 481 9003 and password: aprilhcc   You don’t have to create an account or sign in to Zoom if you don’t want to, and you can access it from your laptop or computer on your browser, or mobile/tablet device (via the browser, or you can download the Zoom app from your app store).
  2. At 2pm every Saturday we will go live, so if you have joined our meeting and are on Zoom at this time, you will simply enter our Climate Cafe meeting and be able to see and hear all that is going on! Don’t worry if you are late you can still join the meeting!
  3. If you have not used Zoom before and would like to learn how before our meeting, you can check out this quick video here that explains all you need to know! – https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

Session Schedule

Saturday 4th April

Fiona Hamilton who runs Earth Kind, a plastic-free food refill service that pops up at our Horsham Repair Cafe, will talk to us all about frugal living and a zero-waste lifestyle. On Wednesday 1st April we will publish a blog about this which you might like to read first, then email in any questions or ask on the day. Helen Whittington will also chat to us about the new Horsham Repair Cafe cleaning and personal product bottle refill service she is offering during the lockdown, and Carrie Cort, founder of Sussex Green Living will talk about saving money through switching energy providers.

You can download Fiona’s handy money saving guide here.

Saturday 11th April

Enjoy Carrie Cort telling us about an educational eco-art competition titled ‘Clean up and create a bright new future’ which Sussex Green Living and the South Downs National Park are running –  with an incredible 16 x £150 prizes on offer to be won! It is a great way for children and young people to use their imagination and creative thinking to visualise the world they deserve and can have. We will also have conversations around art as a therapy to reawaken our ability to think positively about the future. Carrie would love to chat to some of the youth eco artists out there, so if that’s you, be sure to tune in! Learn more about the eco art competition here.

Saturday 18th April

Our theme for this session is ‘grow your own’, with encouragement and advice for families taking advantage of having more time at home to plant in their gardens or on their window sills – let us help you create a cheaper and greener source of food! Let’s have some discussions around garden sharing, seed and plant swapping and food swapping in the growing season.

Saturday 2nd May

Get the chance to talk to Tony Whitbread, President of Sussex Wildlife Trust. Hear him give his two pence – As we humans radically change our lifestyles, are we giving the natural world a chance to recover? What has nature ever done for us?


The Current Climate

  • The current situation needn’t be a cause for despair or for a halt to development and activities – in fact, it can be quite the opposite! We can use this time to pursue new goals, embark or complete projects we’ve always wanted to work on, and visualise and create new habits, ways of thinking and living.
  • And this can be very applicable to the environment, and in particular, Climate Change. We can all see how strongly and quickly the world’s governments are responding to the current corona crisis, and rightly so – but imagine if the same sense of urgency and gusto was put behind climate change mitigation (an equally pressing global issue!) – great things could potentially be achieved.
  • At the level of the individual (us!), we can spend some of our time thinking and learning about, and then implementing, small changes we can make in our lives to do our bit for climate change. Or perhaps if you’ve been considering it for a while, even join a movement and get more involved in environmental activism in your local area! If ever there was a time, why not now?!
  • And why not start with our Climate Cafe meetings – come and learn tips and tricks on how to benefit the environment, live a little more sustainably and save money, and simply see some friendly faces every week – social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation!

Every Horsham Climate Cafe session we are collating ideas for saving money and building a more resilient community as we move forwards here. We need people in the community to help make these community initatives happy, for pocket and planet please help us.

** This page is currently under regular review while we continually adapt to the corona virus situation! **


What is a Climate Cafe?

Sharing the CAT Zero Carbon Britain 2019 report, download your copy here

  • Are you interested in finding out what little changes we can make as an individual to help the environment? Want to find out what action is being taken locally? Fancy meeting like-minded people or just having a chat? Feeling overwhelmed at the current environmental crisis and just want an outlet? Enjoy tea and cake? If yes to any of these, then the Climate Cafe is for you!
  • A Climate Café is an open group for anyone with a concern about the climate crisis, and will generate ideas about what action we can take individually and locally to make a difference
  • Visitors can enjoy delicious homemade cake, have a hot drink, enjoy a chat and join in or listen to the conversations about problems and solutions – come and get inspired!
  • Never been before? Don’t know anything about helping the environment? Not a problem – this is why we started our climate cafe! Bring a friend and come along to start the conversation and learning about what we can do to do our bit for the environment
  • Attend once, or every month!
  • Let’s share ideas and actions people can take to reduce their impact, maybe even taking away a ‘Pledge to the planet’ action each month! (Download your own online action plan here too – see our adult version and family version)
  • A clean energy switching service is also available here – simply bring your last energy bill and we can lend a hand, or use our site Big Clean Switch to do it from the comfort of your own home!
  • Anyone of any age is welcome to attend. Each month there will also be a dedicated area for young people. Since Greta Thunberg’s school strikes became headline news and the increasing concern about the climate crisis, there has been a demand from many young people living in Horsham District who want a relaxed space where they can come together and share their climate concerns and actions. This space will be for age 11 and upwards and led by young people where they can discuss concerns, hopes and action
  • Sussex Green Living has been developing climate mitigation solutions since its launch on Earth Day 2012, and includes initiatives such as offering free climate education and carbon literacy in schools, delivering talks about on climate and environmental problems and solutions to adult groups, setting up and growing single-use plastic recycling schemes (we now have 12 villages collecting for our recycling scheme run through TerraCycle). Our Climate Cafe is our latest extension of this!

We know from experience it can be difficult to talk about climate change with friends and family, so Climate Cafés are designed to provide a space to do just that. Come along, join in the discussions about our concerns, and let’s turn our worry into actions together!

Talk Schedule for the Horsham Climate Cafe 


** Currently under review due to the corona virus – join our weekly online sessions instead to get involved! (See top of page for details) **


2nd May – Horsham Community Fridge and Reducing Food Waste – Sarah Renfrey


6th June – Caring for the Environment and Restoring Biodiversity – David Bridges

Brown Hairstreak Butterfly, Neil Hulme


Biodiversity loss is not something just confined to remote and exotic habitats around the globe. The problems are right here on our doorstep. This talk will look at the importance of conserving wildlife at a local level, with practical examples drawn from a new community-based conservation project, Wild About Warnham.

Interested in finding out more? Check out their website and Twitter to learn more about the Wild at Warham project!





4th July – Fairer World Lindfield and the Circular Economy – Chris Lee and Peter Desmond

Chris will share the history & purpose of FWL and what has been achieved in the last 12 months, and Peter will provide an introduction to the circular economy, how it differs from the current linear economy and how it can help to reduce the impact of climate change around the world.

Fairer World Lindfield is a community group that encourages personal action to protect the environment, mitigate climate change and be more circular. If you want to find out more about them, you can find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!






1st August – British Flower Rocks – Ben Cross

An award winning 4th generation British Alstroemeria grower from Sussex will talk about how this sustainable crop is grown. He will also give an insight into the UK Cut Flower Industry and the need for more support and awareness for British Flowers – British Flowers Rock!

You can discover more about Ben and British Flower Rocks over at his Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – take your pick!




*Check back to see what’s coming up as more dates are added!*


Previous Talks

1st February – Horsham Climate Action Groups and Solutions – Carrie Cort, founder of Sussex Green Living, co-founder of Horsham Repair Cafe and Horsham Climate Cafe

Carrie switching a visitor to clean electricity using https://bigcleanswitch.org/sussexgreen/ saving her £255 a year










7th March – Greening Up Your Home and Small Green Steps Everyone Can Take to Make a Difference – Rachael – YOLO Eco (eco blogger)

Rachael runs a local blog following her eco mission and this talk will delve deeper into the changes she has made around the home. She is constantly learning, and is hoping to inspire others to change their mindset to think ‘ECO!’.

If you would like to explore Rachael’s blog, you can do so here!






If you have any thoughts and ideas on talks you would like to hear, or are interested in giving one yourself, please get in touch at hcc@sussexgreenliving.co.uk!


Show and Tell!


At every Horsham Climate Cafe meet we look forward to sharing our own green tips and tricks, and part of this is a show and tell for environmentally friendly products and product switches. Knowing how we as individuals can help make a difference can often seem overwhelming or too difficult, but it needn’t be! It can be as easy as simple swaps on products and habits already in use in our every day lives, which is something we can all get involved with and excited about. Wanting some inspiration? Check back here every month for the latest show and tells shared at our Climate Cafe, or come along to a session to hear about them yourself. Perhaps you have a show and tell yourself? Come along and share your eco-hacks with us all, we’d love to hear them!



Cotton Facial Rounds

If you use cotton pads to apply your skincare routine, remove makeup or similar uses, consider saving yourself some money and buy some cotton facial rounds instead. They do the exactly the same job, except instead of having to be thrown away after use, you simply put them through the wash and they are ready to go again!




Food Sealants

Tired of using clingfilm or tin foil to wrap sandwiches and cover bowls and plates of food, only to throw it away once you’re done with it? Give one of these products a go instead! We can now buy different-sized silicone sealants that wrap around plates and bowls, keeping food fresh and protected, which can then be resused after a quick wash. The hot new trend beeswax wraps do exactly the same job, and are able to seal themselves over any shape you like – simply use your hands to apply a little heat around the sealing area, and the beeswax will mould to shape and hold itself there.




Deodorant Rocks

Swap out the ‘traditional’ deodorants and their plastic packaging for their alternative, the deodorant rock. Made of purely natural mineral salts, you just add a little water to the rock and then apply as you would a normal roll-on. These reduce plastic waste, are scent-free, and leave behind no stains on your clothes! If you prefer more natural products too, the mineral salt composition of these rocks also means you avoid synthetic chemicals otherwise included in deodorants. One rock can last you years – now that’s value for money!






                                                                    Moulton Bike

Here’s one for all the cycling enthusiasts – the Moulton bike. This bike can be disassembled into two halves, meaning it can easily be transported in a travel case, in car boots, and even taken on the train, allowing you to use it as an ‘urban bike’. However, unlike many other two-part bikes, the Moulton doesn’t compromise on performance for this, and so can also be used for performance cycling and laden touring.






Kettle tips and tricks

Did you know, simply boiling water in your kettle can produce a lot of CO2 into our atmosphere? Boiling double the amount of water you need and adding milk to your drink produces about 71g of CO2. Boil only what you need and add milk, its 53g of CO2. Boil only what you need and have a black tea or coffee – 21g! So to make your tea/coffee breaks a little more environmentally friendly, simply only boil however much water you need – fill up your mug with water and use it as your exact measuring jug! If you really want to go the extra mile, try a black tea or coffee every now and then – milk significantly increases the carbon footprint of a brew!






Feeling inspired to get involved?

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