The Horsham Climate Cafe is on the first Saturday of every month from 2-4pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, HR12 1SL (opposite Sainsbury’s car park) after the morning’s Horsham Repair Café (10-1pm).
What is a Climate Cafe?
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 locally. 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).
Visitors can enjoy delicious homemade cake, have a hot drink and join in the conversations about problems and solutions. Attend once or every month. Let’s share ideas and actions people can take to reduce their impact, maybe taking away a ‘Pledge to the planet’ action each month! Download an action plan here – adult version and family version. Clean energy switching service available, just bring your last energy bill or use our site Big Clean Switch.
Anyone of any age is welcome to attend. Each month there will 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.
We know 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 and join in the discussions about our concerns and and turn our worry into actions.
Programme at the Horsham Climate Cafe
2pm Arrive for a cup of tea, coffee, soft drink and a homemade piece of cake!
2.10pm The Circle – Intros, checking in, discuss fears, hopes, problems and solutions etc. Go round but only those who want to need to contribute. Updates on projects, local events and topics of interest, new ideas
2.30pm 20 minutes talk (inspiring talks on the problems but most importantly the solutions) to learn about the monthly topic please visit the Sussex Green Living Facebook event page @SussexGreenLiving for the relevant month or email asking that we put you on our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter.
2.50pm 20 minute talk on another topic or one-to-one mingling either picking up on strands from “The Circle”.
3.30pm People can be free to leave, or discussions can continue
Running alongside this will be an energy advice and switching service, plus the Youth Forum. The young people can join in with circle time if they wish and listen to the talk or they are free to do their own thing.
The Horsham Climate Cafe launched on Saturday 7th December 2019. Among those attending the cafe’s launch were county and district councillors, Horsham District Council chairman Kate Rowbottom, plus parliamentary candidates for the Green Party, Liberal Democrats, Peace Party and the Conservative Party. The Green Party, Liberal Democrat and Peace Party candidates signed a pledge to take action on climate emergency and invited the public to Vote for the Planet and Climate Action in the forthcoming election.
As well as local citizens and local school / college pupils at the launch we welcomed county and district councillors and Horsham District Council chairman Kate Rowbottom, plus parliamentary candidates for the Green Party, Liberal Democrats, Peace Party and the Conservative Party. Carrie presented a ‘mock up’ newspaper dated December 29 2029 with a headline ‘Horsham District achieve zero emissions by 2030’. She said: “It is important to sow seeds of change, show people what the district could look like and inspire them to move in that direction and fast.” See the full press coverage here. Together we can help move the community towards a zero carbon Horsham District.
Energy advice and advice on switching to a renewable clean energy service will be available at the Horsham Climate Café or you can use it from the comfort of your settee here.
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