November 2018 Newsletter
Climate Change - Scientists' Final Call to Action
The IPCC released their latest report about climate change last month. It warns that we have only 12 years to keep global warming within 1.5°C, and that every extra fraction of a degree matters. We are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes. The difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of warming is significant with far more severe impacts and a higher risk of irreversible changes, at 2°C of warming.
Limiting warming to 1.5°C is still possible but it requires 'rapid and far-reaching' transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities. "The good news is that some of the kinds of actions that would be needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C are already underway around the world, but they would need to accelerate," said Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of Working Group One.
Sustainable Wantage is committed to helping our town with the transition to a more environmentally sustainable future, and we have lots of activities going on. Whether you read the newsletter, take actions at home, visit the Mix, or volunteer with us, we're all part of the movement for positive change.
To become a member of Sustainable Wantage, click here.
Want to get more involved?
Here are some things we're looking for help with:
Resource Bank Organiser 2-6 hours per month. Liaise with businesses in and around Wantage & Grove to arrange and collect items donated to the resource bank Organise and stock-check resource bank Research and arrange re-homing of resource bank items Promote resource bank and network with organisations and individuals.
Resource Bank Collector As and when needed/ongoing. Collect items for Resource Bank – either as an individual or collecting from others. Some items will always be required while some are for specific events.
Events Promoter 2-3 hours per month. Send information on Sustainable Wantage events to websites.
Data Protection Coordinator 1 hour per month. Liaise with Sustainable Wantage data holders that data protection requirements are being complied with.
Social Media Sharers As and when. Helping us promote Sustainable Wantage events by sharing our posts on Social Media.
Twitter Account Organiser As and when. Set up a Sustainable Wantage Twitter account, monitor our Facebook posts and adapt/repost on Twitter.
Poster Distributer 1 hour per month. Distributing promotional posters (mostly for Mix events) to locations in Wantage and Grove.
Events Volunteers As and when needed. Helping out at Sustainable Wantage events (eg Apple Pressing, Freecycle Events).
Green Drinks Coordinator 1 hour per month. Research topics for Green Drinks If necessary research and invite speakers.
Repair Cafe Support 3 hours per month. Helping at our monthly Repair Cafe (first Saturday of the month, 10am-1pm) matching customers with repairers, recording data, making cups of tea.
Cleaner for the Mix ½ hour per week. Hoovering the meeting room, cleaning kitchen and toilet.
Window Cleaner 1 hour per month. Cleaning outside of window at The Mix.
Craft Session Organiser and Leaders As and when (2-3 hours per month). Planning and/or leading craft sessions at The Mix – predominantly using reused materials for adults and families.
For more info on any of the above please contact Jo: 07768 767787.
Wed 28th November
7:30pm - 9pm in The Mix, Mill Street
Bring your own tipple. All welcome.