Environment & Climate Change
This group meets on Zoom on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.30pm.
A link is sent out the day before. We have a flexible agenda with members joining the discussion and adding to our collective knowledge and understanding of the issues.
“See our new group web pages at Environment group where you can find notes from the last meeting, some of the products and organisations we have come across and some other useful links”.
So far this year we have
= visited the Design Museum's exhibition on WASTE recently which was very well presented in two major sections - the history and story of our waste and then some innovative solutions. There were some very scary facts and figures to absorb, especially around the massive increase in waste and the environmental problems it causes.
= looked at chocolate and Easter Eggs in particular to see which companies were the best from environmental concerns including sustainable cocoa, palm oil, child labour and packaging. Some small companies came out very well together with the Co-op and Waitrose.
= Members of the group have produced some very impressive papers on the terms zero carbon, net carbon, greenwashing and more, and we now have an excellent document on Plastics and Recycling. Look at our website for more information by clicking on the Environment Group at the top of this page.
= tested our knowledge about long 1kWh of electricity lasts with different devices
= and had some very good discussions about all things related to the environment, biodiversity and climate concerns.
Our next focus will be to re-visit PLASTICS
A Statement of Commitment towards the Environment has been drawn up and will be launched to the general membership at the March General Meeting. We have been asked if it can be shared on the u3a COP 27 site. As Brenda Ainsley, top u3a climate expert and speaker said - it's too good not to share. The full document will be published here soon.
Many larger supermarkets now provide collection points for soft plastic - crisp packets, bread bags, pet food pouches and so on. We will be encouraging those companies through consumer feedback. Some pharmacies will take your empty pill strips - Superdrug have joined this scheme.
The Environment & Climate Change Group has been instrumental in leading a u3a initiative to buy 123 TREES to mark Croydon u3a's 35th Anniversary this April. This project is in support of the u3a Trust's scheme to plant trees on Sugar Loaf Hill in the Brecon Beacons National Park to celebrate the National 40th Anniversary and support the Queen's Green Canopy initiative to mark her Platinum Jubilee.
Our COPSE will have a plaque and GPS co-ordinates. The 2 year old native trees will be cared for by skilled aborists for 12 years. The plaque will say CROYDON u3a : ROOTED IN THE FUTURE.
If you'd like to join this group please email - chair or use the pigeon post above right
We meet on zoom on the third Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
THE GROUP’S AGREED PURPOSES ARE:
To promote group members’ own learning of and awareness about relevant issues: local and global, which could lead to individual and/or group action
To promote learning and generate awareness and enthusiasm amongst Croydon u3s members
So far, we are exploring our interests to work out how we can best further the aims of the group.
- New members will be very warmly welcomed