Climate Change

The WI has a proud history of taking action to protect the environment. As a founding member of The Climate Coalition, we work to protect what we love from climate change, and lobby politicians to prioritise tackling the issue.

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For nearly 100 years, WI members have led campaigns to conserve the natural world from environmental degradation and climate change. Generations of WI members have used their campaigning might to call for action on issues as diverse as water pollution (1936), acid rain (1985),  the ozone layer and CFCs (1988), deforestation (1989), renewable energy (1977 and 2006), litter - a campaign which founded one of Britain’s leading environmental organisations Keep Britain Tidy in 1954 – recycling and conservation of resources (2005), and the protection of birds (1933), honeybees (2009) and animal welfare.

Be it making simple swaps in their own lives, or lobbying policymakers as part of the WI’s Climate Ambassador scheme, more and more WI members are taking action to protect our world for generations to come.

Our recent climate change campaign achievements





What climate campaigns will the WI be focusing on in 2022?

The UK Government left COP26 with a long to-do list. As COP26 President until November 2022, the UK Government still remains extremely influential to set the pace and ambition for climate action around the world.

This year, the WI will be working with other like-minded organisations in The Climate Coalition to make the promises and pledges made at COP26 into reality. In September/October 2022, we will be again supporting the Great Big Green Week, which is a celebration of climate action across England, Wales and the Islands.

We will also be continuing to work to make sure that WI members are fully equipped to take action on their own climate change campaigns, with high-quality resources and opportunities to hear from experts through virtual coffee mornings and training sessions.

If you are not already a WI member, the members decide the WI campaigns through a democratic vote. We would love to welcome a new WI member, please click here for further details.

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