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Climate Change

The WI has a proud history of taking action to protect the environment. Find out how you can get involved in our campaign to tackle climate change.

Over the years the WI has 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.

Climate change is already affecting the things we love. It can be seen through increased flooding, summer heatwaves and the decline of bee populations. It is changing the seasons, disturbing the journeys of migrating birds and affecting crops and flowers.

In the past few years the WI, along with hundreds of other organisations, has worked to raise awareness of this issue and lobby politicians to prioritise tackling climate change.

Be part of The Time is Now mass lobby for climate and environmental action

Let’s go further and faster to protect our planet. Join us in Westminster on 26 June from 1pm to 4.30pm to speak to your MP about protecting the climate and environment.

Organised by the Climate Coalition, the mass lobby outside parliament is part of Speak Up Week. It aims to highlight the breadth of people who care about leaving a legacy that we can be proud of for future generations.

We are the last generation that can realistically limit warming to climate-safe levels. The onus is on our MPs to take a lead in ensuring the UK remains at the front of global efforts to reduce emissions and pollution. Politicians will only increase their ambition if they see that we care. They will act if their constituents tell them they want change.

We will be joined by a coalition of organisations that represent millions of people across the UK. From surfers to scientists, bird watchers to doctors, everyone has a stake in the state of our environment.

If you would like to join us, please register your interest in attending.

To find out more about what we are calling for, visit My WI.

Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #thetimeisnow

Past climate change action

Speak Up Week - July 2018

#SpeakUp Week is a chance to have a climate heart-to-heart with your MP. This year, members held meetings with their local MPs and crafted green hearts to decorate their communities.

Members of St Buryan WI in Cornwall held a great discussion with their MP, Derek Thomas, about climate change, wildlife and efficient housing among many other topics as part of Speak Up Week. Read NFWI Climate Ambassador Pippa Stilwell's report of the meeting.

Somerset Federation and the Somerset Wildlife Trust held a joint Speak Up Week event to raise awareness of the threat climate change poses to Somerset. Read more about it on My WI.

Watch a highlights video of this year's Speak Up Week.

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 by 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 communities to spread the message, taking part in green heart treasure hunts and competitions, going on nature walks to notice early signs of spring and organising awareness events with local Scouts and other community organisations.

Watch a highlights video of this year's Show the Love.