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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Past Climate Change Action
Show the Love - February 2018
#ShowTheLove is about making and sharing a green heart around Valentine’s Day to start important conversations about climate change in your community.
Members and WIs engaged with the campaign through making paper seeded hearts and giving them to their local MPs (pictured below is Jeremy Quin MP and Sharon Hodgson MP with theirs), green heart 'bombing' their local communities to spread the message, taking part in green heart treasure hunts & competitions, going on nature walks to notice early signs of spring and organising awareness raising events with local Scouts and other community organisations.
Speak Up, Week of Action, July 2017
The Speak Up Week of Action saw people in all corners of the country speaking to their MPs and their community to ensure UK policies helped to keep the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. From exploring local meres and mosses to giving talks in local schools and green heart competitions, the Week of Action highlighted to MPs how much their constituents care about the environment.
The Minister for Climate Change, Claire Perry MP, met with members of the Climate Coalition, including WI member Sue Bentley, from Runcorn WI, Cheshire Federation and discussed the work of WI Climate Ambassadors, local action taking place and the need to act now on climate change.
WIs took part in the Week of Action in a number of ways. Zennor WI, Cornwall Federation asked members to write down what they feared they would lose to climate change, with one member expressing concern that her house may fall into the sea due to rising sea levels and erosion. Northamptonshire Federation held an event called ‘Our Future Green and Pleasant Land’ and featured speakers from LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and the Wildlife Trust and Brandsby WI, North Yorkshire East Federation held a coffee and cake morning with their local MP Kevin Hollinrake.
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).
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.
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