UNITED WE STAND
On Saturday 2nd February at 1.15pm a S.O.S. Climate Emergency Day Meeting is taking place in
Horsham Library, the Quaker Meeting House Unitarian Church now due to increasing numbers, open to the general public. In attendance will be people from environmental groups from Horsham, Steyning, Worthing, Chichester, Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Dorking. The aim being to discuss the climate emergency, planned regional actions and agree collaboration.
All around the world people are facing up to the climate breakdown we are currently experiencing. Mayors, Councillors and leaders are declaring a climate emergency including cities such as Bristol and London. A City councillor in Chichester has called on the mayor to declare a climate emergency. David Attenborough recently warned at COP 24 (24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) that unless action is taken “the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world” was on the horizon.
These West Sussex groups and individuals who care about the environment and the future of humanity have decided to unite to see what positive action can be taken at this time.
The meeting is organised by Carrie Cort the founder of Sussex Green Living, an environmental awareness and education community group. She trained as a Climate Reality Leader with Al Gore and leading climate change scientist in 2016 and works with 4 other West Sussex Climate Reality Leaders. Carrie co-founded the Horsham Repair Café with fellow WSCC voluntary Waste Prevention Advisor Jill Shuker, the Horsham Quakers and is supported by about 70 volunteers (mainly from the Horsham District).
The Horsham Repair Café will be taking place on Saturday 2nd February in the Quaker Meeting House. The morning session runs from 10am – 1pm includes repairs of electrical and household items, energy advise and switching to clean renewable energy, a household and personal cleaning product bottle refill, also a plastic free pantry. People are invited to visit the Repair Café prior to the S.O.S. meeting to learn more about the climate solutions on offer.
Who are we waiting for? Our leaders seem otherwise engaged. We the people must come together. The latest IPCC report from climate scientists who addressed the world leaders say we have 12 years to sort out this climate emergency, so lets come together, rise up and take action, so our children will thank us. Please arrive at the Unitarian Church 1.15pm for a group photo followed at 1.30pm by the meeting where everyone will be invited to share their voice and ideas. Ideally please confirm attended on the meeting Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/events/354773151982437/?active_tab=about or email .
About Sussex Green Living (SGL)
Founded in 2012, SGL is a not-for-profit unincorporated community initiative – a green network and educational hub with the aim of inspiring people to live greener, more sustainable lives. The founder Carrie Cort trained as a voluntary WSCC Waste Prevention Advisor in March 2012 and is the co-founder of the Horsham Repair Cafe with Jill Shuker another Waste Prevention Advisor, along with about many volunteers. Gradually this Sussex network has grown and now has about 70 people actively supporting their environmental work.
In March 2016 Carrie trained in Manila, Philippines with former Vice President Al Gore, leading Climate Change scientists and communicators as part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corp. She is now one of 15,000 activists otherwise known as Climate Reality Leaders, of which there are about 150 in the UK and 5 in West Sussex. This is a global network committed climate activists who are spreading awareness of the climate crisis and working for solutions to the greatest challenge of our time.
More information www.SussexGreenLiving.co.uk and www.HorshamRepairCafe.org.uk
Other groups involved in the S.O.S. Climate Emergency Day meeting are Transition groups
Worthing Climate Action Network, Transition Town Worthing, Worthing Repair Cafe, Dorking Repair Cafe, Extinction Rebellion Dorking, Dorking Climate Emergency Week organisers, Steyning 10:10, Transition Horsham, Transition HKD (Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer and Ditchling), Cuckmere Valley Transition, Extinction Rebellion Lewes, Climate Reality Leaders, Transition Chichester, Chichester Repair Café, Kinder Living Team who run the Kinder Living Home Show and Refill Horsham District.
About the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The IPCC was created to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation options.
More information about the I.P.C.C. Report can be seen here https://www.ipcc.ch/
A summery of the report here http://www.hftf.org.uk/blog/2018/10/22/ippc-report#.XC6KiVz7Tcc