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Climate Change

The WI has a proud history of taking action to protect Britain's landscape. 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.

Show the love 2019

The NFWI is taking part in the Climate Coalition’s Show the Love again in February 2019. Show the Love is all about making and sharing a green heart around Valentine’s Day to start important conversations about climate change in your community.

2018 saw WIs crafting green heart badges and sending them to their MPs, green heart ‘bombing’ local areas, taking part in green heart treasure hunts with other organisations and going on nature walks to notice early signs of spring.

We are creating a resources pack to help members take part, including craft and baking guides and stickers. To receive the pack via email or post, please sign up now.

Ask your MP for increased climate change ambition

We are asking MPs to sign up to a joint letter to the Prime Minister asking for a UK net zero emissions target before 2050. Find out more and download the letter.

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.