Who are 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.

Areas of interest to be explored:

  • Sustainable transport – improving cycling provision being a priority!
  • Community engagement (covid community volunteers) and joining up the dots of groups in Horsham
  • Energy – Insulate up, Power down and Green up
  • Better air quality we have seen from fewer vehicles on the road and reduced factory emissions
  • Reduced need for office space with more people working from home productively
  • The consequent empty offices converted into living accommodation helping to rejuvenate town centres
  • A reduced need to build on green spaces following former office space converted to housing
  • Change of attitude from a ‘throw away society’ to increased reusing, recycling, repairing etc
  • Encouraging realisation that material possessions are less important than people
  • Promoting an increased sense of community and a more caring and considerate attitude
  • Greater recognition and appreciation of migrant labour, low-paid workers, and those in the fore-front of caring for others
  • Ensuring natural environments and wildlife habitats are preserved, extended and created
  • And very importantly, not losing sight of Climate Emergency!

We are very keen to link with the local mutual aid groups that have sprung up in response to the virus.  As the immediate threat dies down, we are hoping to work with these brand new community structures to work together to build back better, fairer and greener.

Format of the weekly Tuesday 7-8pm meetings

Each week the meeting will take place using Zoom running in parallel with the Horsham Youth Eco Forum. The two forums will start and finish together but use separate Zoom breakout rooms for the bulk of the meeting.

When and where

There will be a meeting every Tuesday using Zoom 7 – 8pm. When physical meetings can resume these will take place at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL.

Learn about the forthcoming topics and book your FREE tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/sussex-green-livinghorsham-climate-cafe-30023845980. The joining instructions will be emailed to those booked through Eventbrite on the Monday before the relevant meeting.

Past topics have included:

2nd June – Launch of the Horsham Future Forum and Youth Eco Forum, planning session

9th June – Horsham District Cycling Forum and local news, events and action

16th June – Green Spaces and Biodiversity by Horsham Green Spaces

23rd June – Community Resilience, Community resilience by Horsham Matters & HD Foodbank

Tue 30th June – Horsham District Cycling Forum to provide an update on progress with the pop-up cycle lanes which are being installed in Horsham and an introduction to the idea of a ‘low traffic neighbourhood’

Tue 7th July – Eco churches by Horsham Churches Together

Tue 14th July – Waste reduction – reuse, resale, remake and recycling by Sussex Green Living/Horsham Repair Cafe

Tue 21st July – Guildford Community Hub by Ben McCallan.

For more information, contact us here.

Learn more about the Horsham Youth Eco Forum here and the Horsham Climate Cafe which is on the first Saturday of every month 2-3.30pm with Horsham Climate Cafe themed talks 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!

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