Horsham Climate Cafe

Coming soon……The Horsham Climate Cafe which will run alongside the Horsham Repair Cafe when it moves to larger premises, we hope early in 2020.

In the meantime on the first Saturday of October, November and December the Horsham Repair Cafe is expanding and will be split between two locations, as follows:

The household cleaning product bottle refill service and the plastic free dry, organic and loose food will still take place at the Quaker Meeting House 10 – 1pm, with lots of advice about recycling and our single-use plastic recycling scheme.

At the Unitarian Church Hall 10 – 1pm (about four buildings up Worthing Road opposite the bus station – same postcode) – we will be repairing household electrical goods, phones, computers and textile repairs, plus energy switching.

When the Horsham Climate Cafe launches it will be a ‘safe’, friendly, inspiring and motivating place to visit, where people can ask any questions and feel supported in their transition to a more sustainable life.

Climate Cafés are an incredibly simple idea. They’re opportunities to meet informally and talk about climate change. We provide a space, and some delicious homemade cake; you turn up, get yourself a hot drink and join the chat. You can come to one Climate Café, several or every month so we can help monitor your progress!

This Climate Café is a new initiative from Sussex Green Living, we have noticed that it can be difficult to talk about climate change with friends and family, and Climate Cafés are designed to provide a space to do just that. Come along and talk and listen to the discussion about our concerns and hopes.

We are working with other Horsham partners and over time plan to develop information ‘stations’ at the climate café, these are the type of ‘stations’ we hope to offer:

Environmental petitioning – telling people about the most important petitions, their aims and impacts. We will encourage people to sign the petition(s) during their visit to the climate café if they wish.

Energy – share ways to save energy, reduce fuel poverty and build community resilience. Using our cost comparison and clean energy site we will help people switch homes and businesses often saving them money or people can use our site from the comfort of their home. One of our volunteers is going to be trained by Community Energy South as an energy champion through the Big Energy Saving Network.

First green steps – or ‘Green watchers’, similar to Weight Watchers where we help people take their first green steps, encouraging at least one green action a month. We hope people will come back month after month to be supported and monitored as they transition to a more sustainable life.

Youth Climate Forum – young people working together to share ideas, helping give them a voice and support activity and collaboration with Fridays for Future, Parents for Future and Parent Pledge. We are hoping this station will be led by young people.

Science behind climate change – if visitors want to learn more about climate change science, people will be on hand to talk to them, suggest reading and films to develop their knowledge. There are seven Climate Reality Leaders in West Sussex, people trained by the former US Vice President Al Gore and leading climate change scientists as part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corp. Carrie Cort the founder of Sussex Green Living trained with the Climate Reality Leadership Corp in Manila, Philippines in March 2016. We are hoping to establish a rota.

Local campaigning groups – Representatives from groups like No Incinerator for Horsham and CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions) will be welcome, but unlikely to attend every month.

Learn about the Horsham Repair Cafe here.

Sussex people inspiring a climate for change