Who are Climate Action Leicester and Leicestershire? We’re a group of people living in Leicester and Leicestershire who are terrified and inspired by the climate crisis and climate justice and are working together to address these issues.
We’ve just finished organising an online ‘Climate and Me’ event. This 3 day event was designed to get people thinking, talking and feeling about climate change. We hope it will broaden the conversations about climate change and its implications and leave us all thinking in new ways and feeling inspired to act.
We hope you will be inspired to take action against climate change as a result of the 3 day ‘Climate and Me’ event we’ve just run, so we’ve set up a page with many suggestions of things you could do – and the opportunity to pledge to do specific things or make up your own pledge – have a look here and see if there is something (or more than one thing) you can do.
Climate and Me included:
~ Spirituality and the Climate Crisis.
Discussion about the links between faith and the climate with speakers Amenah Patel from Leicester’s Muslim community, Devena Chouhan of Hindu Climate Action, Dr Hardeep Singh from EcoSikhUK, Rachel Benn from Leicester’s Jewish community, and Christians Erica and Anthony Lees-Smith. This was recorded and will be available to watch on our website shortly.
~ A climate food show:
short video clips of local people teaching you how to make low carbon foods from around the world while while talking about climate change along with chat about what thoughts the clips bring up about the climate crisis. Two of these were also recorded and will be available to watch shortly.
~ People sharing their personal experiences:
of living with, or watching other people, experience climate change around the world. Speaking about places including Afghanistan, Vietnam, Derbyshire, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, India and Australia and the Gambia. Again these talks will be available to watch online shortly.
~ Talks included: Leicester’s Workplace Parking Levy; Climate change and trade justice in the Global South; Climate, Cargo and Commonsense – freight and the climate.
THANK YOU to all of you who responded to – and helped other people to respond to – the Local Plan! Our work is already having results:
· We are starting to get letters back from our councillors now (11 of them so far).
· We have also had meetings about the Local Plan with Adam Clarke (Deputy City Mayor for environment and transport) and the councillors of Castle ward who include Danny Myers (Deputy City Mayor for Policy Delivery and Communications). Both of them have agreed to a further meeting with us in the new year.
· We’ve gained some new members for our Climate Coalition: Hindu Climate Action, Leicester Environmental Youth Board, the local branch of the Women’s Equality Party and Green Christian Leicester City. There are other groups considering joining too. The Climate Coalition was key in supporting people to respond to the Local Plan, and thanks to them 15 organisations endorsed our alternative Local Plan!
· Additionally, our membership has increased by over a hundred and our social media has also gained loads of followers.
So, again, THANK YOU!!!