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Climate Change

The WI has a proud history of taking action to protect the landscape and countryside of Britain. Over the years we have cleaned up our beaches, stood up for the honeybee and campaigned for wide areas of special beauty. In recent times this concern for our natural environment has seen members rally against climate change, the impact of which is already affecting the things that we love. Climate change can be seen through increased flooding, summer heatwaves and the decline of bee populations, it is changing the seasons, affecting crops and flowers, and disturbing the journeys of migrating birds.

Speak Up Week of Action - 1-9 July 2017

Big things are happening this summer, people across the country are gearing up to organise events in their local areas and Speak Up to help protect the things they love from climate change. We're asking WI members to organise events in their local areas and invite their newly elected MP along to join in. From nature walks to tea parties to community energy visits, there are no limits to how you can get conversations about climate change started.

To find out how you can get involved and download useful resources to help with your event please see here

Show the Love - February 2017

This February, members baked, knitted, stitched and wore green hearts to start a conversation about the things that they love that climate change threatens. Thank you to all the members who sent in photos and organised green heart events. 500 members requested the action pack and over 130 WIs sent in photos from events. You can see how members got involved in the image gallery below. You can also watch our video which includes some of the highlights from Show the Love 2017.

Not only did hundreds of WIs hold events in their communities, WIs and members also engaged their MPs through sending green hearts for them to wear. One member from Glamorgan Federation made a green heart and sent it to her MP, Alun Cairns. Alun then went to visit the member to personally thank her for the green heart (which can be seen in the image gallery below).

Could you be a Climate Ambassador?

For the past year the WI, along with hundreds of other organisations, has worked to raise awareness of climate change and show politicians that there is a strong mandate to make tackling climate change a priority. The next year is a vital period in this campaign, and the NFWI is  recruiting volunteers to be Climate Ambassadors.If you would like to become a Climate Ambassador please email Sophie Page at pa@nfwi.org.uk

The NFWI will provide regular updates on climate change policy, a toolkit of resources for campaigning in your local area, opportunities to take part in national campaigns, and on going support, including expert training. The ambassadors will work with the NFWI to take action in their constituency, look into the causes and impacts of climate change in their local area, and work to raise awareness of the issue locally.

WI members have vital stories to tell about the impact of our changing climate. The NFWI would like to harness the experiences of members to raise awareness of the things that could be lost to climate change.

For further information download the action pack here.

Past Climate Change Campaigns

Speak Up, Week of Action - October 2016

WI members joined a national week of action to raise awareness of climate change. They took the opportunity to celebrate recent progress on tackling the issue, and to push for an ambitious low carbon investment plan. The Speak Up Week of Action aimed to keep up momentum following the agreement in December 2015 of a landmark international climate deal. Click here to find out more

Valentine's Day 2016

This Valentine's Day thousands of people across the country are stitching, knitting, painting and baking beautiful green hearts to show the love for all they want to protect from climate change. The changes needed to protect our world have begun. We can have 100% clean energy within a generation – but it needs us to show our love to make it happen.Click here to find out more.

Speak Up lobby of Parliament – 17 June 2015

WI members teamed up with over 10,000 people including surfers, farmers, anglers, bee keepers and church groups to speak up for the people and places that they love that are under threat from climate change.

In what was the largest ever climate lobby of Parliament,people from across the UK travelled to London to call on MPs to tackle climate change and deliver 100 per cent clean, safe energy by 2050. Click here to find out more.

Climate March - September 2014

In September2014, world leaders met for an historic climate change summit in New York.

To coincide with the summit, on Sunday 21 September WI members from as far north as Yorkshire and Manchester, and as far west as Cornwall and Somerset gathered in London. They were joined by their families and friends to march alongside40,000 other climate conscious campaigners from across the UK, adding their voices to calls for positive action on climate change ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York. Click here to find out more.