Inspiring double act event Tony Whitbread and dawn chorus!
We may be social-distancing but this doesn’t mean we have to distance ourselves from the natural world too. The first weekend of May offers two exciting opportunities to connect with it.
On Saturday 2nd May at 2pm Tony Whitbread, President (retired CEO) of Sussex Wildlife Trust, will be speaking at the virtual Horsham Climate Cafe. As humans have been forced to make radical lifestyle changes we have begun to see incredible signs of recovery in the natural world. Tony will be sharing insights how the coronavirus has impacted on our attitudes towards nature – a discussion not to be missed. Simply book a free place via our Eventbrite page (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/sussex-green-livinghorsham-climate-cafe-30023845980) to receive a link to the Zoom video conference.
Our virtual Horsham Climate Café takes place weekly and is an opportunity for local residents to learn, share and discuss ideas for saving money and building a more sustainable future. In the coming weeks we will be focusing on community support, an art competition to inspire children and young people to visualise a bright new future, low-cost sustainable living and growing you own.
Carrie Cort, one of the co-founders of the Horsham Climate Cafe and founder of Sussex Green Living – the umbrella organisation – explains: “There will be plenty of opportunity for conversations around the community support and resilience which has been seen in Horsham District during covid19. The meeting on the 2nd May will be our sixth virtual Horsham Climate Cafe since the covid19 lockdown, each session has bought up money-saving ideas which will also help the planet. These have been captured on the Horsham Climate Cafe page on Sussex Green Living and we hope local people will help develop them.”
On Sunday 3rd May people are invited to join the International Dawn Chorus Day. At 4am on the first Sunday in May every year the spring dawn chorus is at its height, and here is the opportunity to experience it. The idea of such an early start may not seem appealing but for many people the richness of such an experience can be life changing. We share this planet with a plethora of beautiful living creatures that we often tune out of our busy lives. As we adapt our lives to cope with the pandemic, we free up time an space to appreciate this beautiful natural world. Whether you go out into your garden or simply lie in bed with the window wide open, you will be treated to an immense and spectacular recital, unrivalled by any other concert. Captivating for all ages, it is said to be the natural world communicating with itself – the original Twitter.
Learn more about the Horsham Climate Café here https://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/horsham-climate-cafe/
Book your tickets through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/sussex-green-livinghorsham-climate-cafe-30023845980
Be inspired to get up at 4am on 3rd May to listen to the dawn chorus by reading this blog https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/blog/tom-hibbert/embrace-dawn-chorus
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About Sussex Green Living
Sussex Green Living (SGL) is a social community environmental awareness initiative. Our mission is to make the world a better place and to educate and inspire people to take action to reduce their impact on the Planet. We want to share practical ideas to help people to reduce the effects of climate change, to reduce their carbon footprint and to live in greater harmony with the planet now and for future generations.
Supported by about 120 volunteers (ad hoc) and hundreds of supporters we offer and promote these sustainable solutions:
- Horsham Climate Café – horshamclimatecafe.org.uk once a month, usually 2-4pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, however will take place using Zoom video conferencing during the Covid19 crisis every other week for one hour starting 4th April.
- Horsham Repair Cafe – horshamrepaircafe.org.uk/, repairs and organic food refill service is POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
- The Horsham Repair Café personal and household cleaning product bottle refill, will continue with a pop up serviced to support people in the community. It will include cleaning refills + dishwasher tabs, toilet and kitchen towel. It is being offered as a doorstep collection for those in need and drop off and collect at Quaker Meeting House with refill times Wed & Sat 10-12 each week. horsham-refill.com
- Clean renewable energy switching service – bigcleanswitch.org/sussexgreen is available from home and the Horsham Repair Café (when operating).
- Single-use plastic recycling scheme – public drop off locations at Quaker Meeting House in Horsham, William Penn School in Coolham, other locations can be seen on this page sussexgreenliving.co.uk/recycling-zone/single-use/but might not be operational during the Covid19 crisis
- Free environmental/climate education assemblies and lessons – sussexgreenliving.co.uk/green-education/.
- Talks to adult groups – sussexgreenliving.co.uk/spread-the-word/talks/.
- Annual ‘green inspiration through the art’ with schools or whole community – 2019 sussexgreenliving.co.uk/oceanbombed/.
- Green stand supporting local events (sales and or info/advice) – sussexgreenliving.co.uk/recycled-stand/.
- Campaigning central and local government for greener living.
- Founded Climate Reality Global Education Working Group facebook.com/GlobalClimateEducation/.
- Initiated the formation of the South East Climate Alliance – seclimatealliance.uk/.
Sussex Green Living is a multi-award winning environmental and education community initiative, details of our awards can be seen here https://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/about-us/