Our Corona Virus Action Plan-
Horsham Climate Cafe goes online
We hope you will all be delighted to hear – The Horsham Climate Cafe is still in action throughout the current social distancing and quarantine measures! We are currently operating online meetings using Zoom (see joining instructions below!), a FREE and easy to use video chat and video conferencing service. Please feel free to join any of our sessions to continue to be involved, or use this as a great chance to see what we’re about for the first time (all from the comfort of your own home!).
As the corona situation continues to evolve, Horsham Climate Cafe is trialling a new format for June, following on from our successful Saturday meetings in April and May. From 2nd June, we will be running WEEKLY Tuesday evening Zoom chats in addition to the MONTHLY Climate Cafe (first Saturday of every month). There will effectively be 2 separate meetings running at the same time on a Tuesday – one will be for discussions around building a green local community, and the other will be for a local Youth Eco Forum.
And just because our sessions are now online, it doesn’t mean we have to lose our ‘café’ element – feel free to tune in with a cup of tea and slice of cake at your side! Please do also be aware that there is no obligation or need for you to talk or show your face if you don’t wish to – simply join us in whatever capacity you wish and enjoy the sessions!
1) Monthly Horsham Climate Cafe – Feature Presentation Events
- First Saturday of every month, 2-3.30 pm via Zoom
- (Until we can recommence meeting in person 2-4 pm!)
- Exciting topical feature event on Zoom with a speaker (or two!) followed by a question and answer session/discussions.
2) Weekly Horsham Future Forum
- Every Tuesday 7-8 pm (including the week of our speaker sessions)
- Connecting local groups and activities to help spark discussions and action
- Separate Youth Eco Forum running at the same time
A little more about the Horsham Future Forum:
We are a collection of local groups who believe that the world is facing an unprecedented climate emergency and that our natural environment is being eroded. Both of these will have significant consequences for life on this planet. We believe now is the time for local groups across the Horsham District to capitalise on the positives from Corvid-19 by working together to help achieve lasting environmental changes.
The pandemic, while disastrous in many ways, has thrown up some unexpected gains such as cleaner air, valuing people more and cherishing our green spaces. We believe we all should learn from these climate and society benefits, aim for “better”, and not simply go “back to the old normal”.
Horsham Future Forum aspires to become a leading voice in encouraging consolidation of these gains at a local level by holding parish, district and county councils to account, supporting the efforts of its member groups to achieve change and taking action to promote attitude and behavioural adjustments across communities in the area.
How do I join the online meetings?
- Please book onto the appropriate Climate Cafe date(s!) you want to be a part of through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/sussex-green-livinghorsham-climate-cafe-30023845980.
- The day before the selected session we will email out to everyone who signed up with the Eventbrite the Zoom weblink, and our unique meeting ID number and password. If you book after this email is sent, you will still be sent this information – we will email you individually on Saturday!
- PLEASE NOTE: for security reasons we do not want to put these details on the Horsham Climate Cafe page or in the social media, so using Eventbrite is the only way to gain access to our meeting details!
- Please do not worry if you are late or cannot meet the starting time – you can join the meeting at any time!
A little note on Zoom –
- You can access Zoom from your laptop or computer on your browser, or mobile/tablet device (either via the browser, or you can download the app from your app store).
- If you have not used Zoom before and would like to learn how before our meeting, you can check out this helpful page that explains all you need to know! – https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting
If you have any ideas or topics you would like us to cover or would like to give a talk yourself, please get in touch at HCC@SussexGreenLiving.co.uk
Sussex Green Living hosts the Horsham Future Forum (Starting June 2nd)
- To book on to any of our weekly Tuesday 7-8 pm meets, please follow our Eventbrite link and select the sessions that interest you https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/sussex-green-livinghorsham-climate-cafe-30023845980
- Weekly session themes to follow – stay tuned!
Horsham Climate Cafe Feature Presentation Events
Saturday 6th June – Holidays for 2020 and Beyond! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/horsham-climate-cafe-holiday-2020-and-beyond-tickets-105806764882
With our current situation leaving us all wondering how our traditional holidays and escaping abroad will be affected, and increasing environmental awareness leading a drive for more sustainable holiday and travel habits, this session will focus in on what alternatives are out there for us all. We will discuss Staycations, SlowCations and Ethical Travel, all in an effort to show that alternatives are there and our precious holiday and relaxation time is still there ripe for the taking!
To learn about ideas which have been discussed in previous sessions and need developing, see here https://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/virtual-meeting-every-saturday-2pm-offering-community-support/.
Ideas to Help Community and Build a Better Future
These are links to services and blogs which reflect the themes of the Horsham Climate Cafe sessions we have run since changing to a weekly virtual meeting:
- 4th April – Cleaning product and personal hygiene bottle refill services during lockdown offered by the Horsham Quakers learn more here https://www.horsham-refill.com/ or contact Helen at email@example.com or on 07941 338169. We also discussed ways of saving money through switching to clean energy using this site https://bigcleanswitch.org/, the people we have switched at the Horsham Repair Cafe have saved between £90 – £366.
- 11th April – Educational eco-art competition ‘Clean up and create a bright new future’ run by Sussex Green Living and the South Downs National Park was presented. There are 16 x £150 prizes to be won! Learn more here.
- 18th April – Saving money through growing growing and swapping food
- 25th April – Develop a Horsham Local Exchange Trading Scheme and Future Economic Visions https://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/the-mutual-aid-movement/
- 2nd May – The effects of Covid-19 on the natural world, our attitudes towards it, and how we can build on this for a more sustainable future. Our speaker Tony Whitbread followed this us with a blog, where we also link the recording of his talk for you to learn more, hear his thoughts and be a part of protecting our natural world post-corona. https://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/pressing-the-pause-button/
- 9th May – Life in lockdown in Ecuador’s cloud rainforest (https://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/message-from-ecuadorian_cloud-forest/) and helping to raise awareness for the brilliant children taking their Ecuadorian Government to court over devastating mining concessions in the once protected land (https://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/uk-environmentalist-raises-the-alarm-to-support-childrens-right-to-fresh-air/). Also hear Victoria’s PhD research on indigenous people in Canada, their connection to the natural and world and the changes they have noticed due to climate change (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sMKRc44JXI&t=1571s).
- 16th May – Recruiting schools for FREE solar and cheaper electricity – Shannon from Solar for Schools talked to us about the brilliant project as we began discussions on how to recruit a local cohort of schools to help transition to solar energy, and all for free (https://www.solarforschools.co.uk/)
In addition to an informal talk on the subjects above at every Horsham Climate Cafe session we are collating ideas for saving money and building a more resilient community. Some of these ideas need people in the community to help make these community initiatives happen, for pocket and planet – please help us!
- We shared current community services available such as Food2Boot, a £19.99 meal kit service for local key-workers, the elderly, vulnerable, self-isolating groups or those needing to avoid risks through social contact at shops. Once the meal-kit has been selected and ordered online, customers can then collect their order, contact-free, from their local council park and ride in Horsham https://www.food2boot.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR3W041Si_IBF16BtvkQQJ2Hwbsw2UYtj49NtdIHNCjpMpMUPPM7MII4L0M
- Andrea is helping Sussex Green Living map out Horsham District Green Groups (plus some in West Sussex), these are being potted on a West Sussex map and in this document. Take a look and add any other ideas or see if there is anything you might want to get involved with https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s52tz38m851yZ3tJ-dgAfHkcrQvvqV1C1v6s5916K2Y/edit
- ZeroWasteBulkFoods are still delivering plastic-free dry foods within the local area https://www.zerowastebulkfoods.co.uk/
- The Horsham Markets are running a local produce click and collect or home delivery service https://foodrockssouth.co.uk/horshammarkets/
- Set up a Horsham Local Exchange Trading Systems or Schemes (LETS). A LETS scheme is a local community-based mutual aid networks in which people exchange all kinds of goods and services with one another, without the need for money, through which people swap services within the community on a money-free basis. https://www.
- Consider setting up a library of things https://
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- A seed, plant and food swap for anyone growing food at home. This would either be held virtually and then by drop off or in person once interactions are less restricted. Or could take place at the Horsham Repair Cafe and or the Horsham Climate Cafe when they are running again.
- A high quality pre-loved clothes shop in partnership with local clothes recycling charity Bags of Support and a food refills pop-up shop in one of the empty spaces in Swan Walk or the high street.After each Horsham Climate Cafe we will add ideas to this page, but we do need local people to help set them up.Anyone is welcome to join our Horsham Climate Cafe weekly virtual meetings.
If you have skills or expertise you would like to offer to these discussions or other green initiatives to share do contact HCC@SussexGreenLiving.co.uk.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
What is a Climate Cafe?
- 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!
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 Facebook, Twitter 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!