Virtual Horsham Climate Cafe

A message from Carrie Cort:

Hi folks,
Hopefully by now you are aware the Horsham Climate Cafe is now taking place every Saturday at 2pm using Zoom. If you would like to join us this Saturday here is the information, plus details of the following three Saturdays. All you have to do is book a free ticket using the Eventbrite link and before the meeting we will send you the Zoom url, meeting number and password. There is no need for software download or pre-registration. We hope to see you on Saturday!  

Saturday 11th April – Conversations about community sources of help and money-saving ideas!

  • Fiona Hamilton who runs Earth Kind, a plastic-free food refill service that pops up at our Horsham Repair Cafe, will talk to us all about frugal living and a zero-waste lifestyle. You can read and download Fiona’s handy money saving guide here
  • I will talk about an educational eco-art competition titled ‘Clean up and create a bright new future’ which Sussex Green Living and the South Downs National Park are running –  with an incredible 16 x £150 prizes on offer to be won! It is a great way for children and young people to use their imagination and creative thinking to visualise the world they deserve and can have. Learn more about the eco art competition here.
  • We will also have conversations around art as a therapy to reawaken our ability to think positively about the future. Carrie would love to chat to some of the youth eco artists out there, so if that’s you, be sure to tune in! We will share ideas to support community now and going forwards. 

Saturday 18th April – ‘Grow your own’

Our theme for this session is ‘grow your own’, with encouragement and advice for families taking advantage of having more time at home to plant in their gardens or on their window sills – let us help you create a cheaper and greener source of food! Let’s have some discussions around garden sharing, seed and plant swapping and food swapping in the growing season. We’ll also through in some chats about community sources of help and money-saving ideas!

Saturday 25th April – Ways community can support the community during the current health, economic and environmental crisis

How about furthering conversations around setting 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. Learn more here

Saturday 2nd May – Talk from Sussex Wildlife Trust President Tony Whitbread

Get the chance to talk to Tony Whitbread, President of Sussex Wildlife Trust. Hear him give his two pence – As we humans radically change our lifestyles, are we giving the natural world a chance to recover? What has nature ever done for us? Learn how money really does grow on trees! As usual, we will also have conversations about community sources of help and ideas to save pocket and planet.

If you would like to discuss specific ideas contact Learn about ideas which have been discussed and need developing here

If you are unable to join us on Saturday please do read about this inspiring environmental art competition for 5-16 year olds living in Hampshire and Sussex, we are running in partnership with the South Downs National Park….. 

‘Clean-up and Create’ a Bright New Future –  mission: designing and making a piece of eco upcycled art with a thought provoking message and or designing a poster.
Why now? At this time more than ever people need hope, to dream and visualise the bright and sustainable future we could build. They need to imagine another World, not the one we are currently living in. Some children will choose to focus on littering, others cleaning up the oceans, whilst those worried about climate change a bright new future – they can interpret cleaning up the world in whichever way inspires them. There is no size limit on their art! The timing of this competition will help inspire and entertain children during lockdown and beyond, the deadline is 10th July. The World is at a compulsory halt, people are seeing reduced emissions, amazing changes in the natural world, making lifestyle changes like growing their own food and backyard chickens. Children and adults have time to stop and reflect, to use their imagination, dream and create a vision of the future. Please share this with schools, home schoolers, children and young people. Learn more here  
Wishing you good health. 
From Carrie, Jill, Helen, Chloe, Catherine, Catherine, Kathryn and the team! 
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