Remember GREEN DRINKS on 21st of each month from 7:30pm in the Blue Boar, Mill Street, Ludlow. Come and join this month's discussion and social!
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The Ludlow Fairtrade Town flower bed had a tidy up this morning! Nearly 200 bulbs were planted under the grasses - golden crocuses under the Evergold Grass and Scilla Siberica (blue bulbs) under the Festuca Glauca (blue grass). ... See MoreSee Less
I've just had a pretty harrowing bedtime with our 11 year old after watching this week's Seven Words, One Planet this evening.
I think it's one of the first times it's really hit home for him, seeing these very visible impacts of humans actions on the planet, and on the wildlife that shares it with us.
I held him as he cried, and then we talked about some of the things that he, and we, could do to help.
In case you're in the same boat here's what we came up with:
1. 🖍Draw posters and share - ask school if he can put one up, and he's asked me if I can share on social media for him
2. 📝Write to politicians, and send them a copy of his poster
3. Fundraise for charities like World Wildlife Fund
- table top sale 🏺
- sponsored walk/bike🚲
- selling unwanted toys at car boot/on eBay 🧸
- sponsored litter pick 🗑
4. ❓Ask school if they would consider holding an after school 'climate club' one term
5. 🤜 Join in with the next student climate strike, and write a letter to his headmistress explaining why he feels it's so important
6. 🏫 Speak to school about becoming an Eco-Schools
7. 🧹Do a litter pick or @2minutebeachclean
8. 🥤Do our best to remember our reusable plastic items and avoid single use plastic wherever we can
9. 🐒 Read labels and make informed decisions around palm oil (I'm going to introduce him to the Giki app and let him loose scanning the foodstuffs in our kitchen!)
10. 📢 Talk to his friends about how he's feeling and some of the easy changes we're making as a family - this is tricky for us as adults, and there's a conversation we need to have around judgement, and not 'telling people off' there first though!
If we as grown ups feel overwhelmed and disempowered, and aren't really sure what to do for the best, it has to be 100 times worst for our kids - how little control over things do our kids usually have? Alongside the dawning realisation that this is something that is going to impact them, far more than it will us.
It's terrifying for them (and for us) but what we need to do is keep talking to them. To let them know it's ok to feel sad, and angry, and scared. That they aren't on their own, and that there are millions of people all around the world working hard to create positive change. That there ARE things that they can do, and they DO make a difference.
Let's empower and support our children and young people 💚
Please do share this and add your ideas for actions that kids can take in the face of the climate crisis - let's brainstorm a brilliant list! ... See MoreSee Less
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Would you like to win a year's WWOOF UK membership?
#wwoofukMembership Offer: We're giving away a free WWOOF UK membership for the photo we feel best conveys our connection with nature and the magic of the growing season - in particular - the harvest.
To win just upload your fave photo in the comments below and share this post, tagging @wwoofuk
Closing date for entries: October 31st 2019.
#wwoofuk #photography #contest #wwoofukharvest2019 ... See MoreSee Less
The Ludlow 21 Sustainable Transport Group have published a briefing note to help new Electric Vehicle Drivers – click here for more.
It’s Fairtrade Fortnight 26th February – 11th March
Close the door on exploitation. Choose Fairtrade. Ludlow Fair Trade Town Group is helping open the door to Fairtrade.
Millions of farmers and workers are still being ripped off despite working hard to provide the products we love. Unfairness in global trade is rooted in centuries of exploitation. Producers are fighting for a fair deal, supported by Fairtrade, earning their way out of poverty and transforming their communities
Consumers are sometimes sceptical about whether the Fairtrade Mark actually makes a difference to the lives of producers. It absolutely does. In addition, there are also a wide variety of other excellent fair trade standards and labels in Europe and other parts of the world.
Trade is something everyone does as a matter of course not from time to time. Being fair to producers should be a given in all trade. It isn’t! Yet consumers continue to support trade without always questioning if the producer or someone else is infact being exploited.
This year Ludlow Fair Trade Town Group is celebrating 15 years since being awarded Fairtrade status at the end of 2002. We’ll have events and activities throughout the year as well as in Fairtrade Fortnight.
Events and Activities in Ludlow:
Look out for Fairtrade displays in shops and cafes in Ludlow and choose Fairtrade products they supply.
Throughout the fortnight and beyond, St Laurence’s Church will host a Traidcraft stall of food and crafts
Saturday 3rd March 10 – 2 Traidcraft Big Brew, supporting Hidden Entrepreneurs’ Appeal, Wesley’s Café, Ludlow Methodist Church Broad Street. Also special fair trade food in Café.
Thursday 8th March 10 – 12 Schools day Methodist church
Saturday 10th March 10 – 4 Traidcraft Spring Mini Fair Ludlow Mascall Centre – browse the new spring collection of handmade, original crafts and buy chocolate and Easter eggs ready for 1st April.
Sunday 11th March Big Brew refreshments after the morning service in St Laurence’s Church, supporting Traidcraft Exchange Hidden Entrepreneurs’ Appeal,
- Ludlow Fair Trade Town Group will be supplying a Fairtrade football to a number of schools to help promote Fairtrade in schools.
Traidcraft Exchange Hidden Entrepreneur Appeal . If you donate before 11 April the UK government will match your donation pound for pound. The people in some of the world’s poorest communities have the talent and determination to succeed in business, but lack the opportunity and training. They want to build a future of hope.
See Traidcraft Big Brew events above which particularly support the Appeal.
Or donate to the Appeal before 11 th April to double your donation at:
Traidcraft Exchange Hidden Entrepreneur Appeal, Freepost RTKS-GGZH-YETA, Kingsway, Gateshead NE11 0NE tel: 0191 497 6445 www.traidcraft.org.uk/hidden
Could you be part of the Ludlow Green Festival Team for 2019?
Volunteers are needed to help with:
- recruiting sponsors
- involving local schools and community groups
- planning and running activities at the festival
- and more!
There will be a meeting on Thursday 15th November 2018 at 7.30 pm at the Rose and Crown, for individuals and organisations to talk about how they can be involved. Please come along if you can, or if you can’t make the meeting but would like to be involved, contact us here.
A date has been set for the Green Festival 2018 – Sunday 8th July. More info coming soon.
On October 18th three members of the Ludlow 21 Education Group, Ian Urry, Christopher Deaves and Megan Blackmore, delivered a school assembly at Bishop Hooper Church of England Primary School, Ashford Carbonel on how to reduce our carbon footprint. The invitation was issued by T.A. Amanda Wilcox, leader of the school’s ‘Eco Warriors’, as part of the school’s ongoing work on sustainable living.
Volunteer pupils helped the visitors to tell the story of ‘Tom’ and ‘Sally’ on a typical day. Their lengthy showers, insistence on being driven around by their parents and a whole host of other energy-guzzling activities were dramatized through mime and role-play. Chris, appropriately clad in a white coat, played the part of the brainy professor, interjecting the narrative with apposite scientific information about CO2 emissions. The assembled children also played their part with some enthusiastic and knowledgeable contributions. The use of a mass of beanbags distributed amongst the pupils helped to provide them with a visual representation of the CO2 emissions that we are responsible for producing.
The school staff were very enthusiastic about the assembly, and the children certainly seemed to enjoy it and to engage with the issues raised in it. We hope that it will provide an impetus to launch a project created by the Education Group that will involve the children in attempting to save their body weight in CO2 emissions.
Hopefully, the assembly will be replicated in other schools over the next few months.
Ludlow 21’s AGM will be held on
Thursday 22nd June
in the Queen Elizabeth Suite, Feathers Hotel
Papers for the AGM can be downloaded here:
The AGM is open to all. Ludlow 21 members may vote on motions and to elect new Directors. Any member may stand for election to the Board if nominated and seconded by two other members. Nomination forms can be downloaded here:
TAKE A FAIRTRADE BREAK
2017 sees the 23rd Fairtrade Fortnight in the UK. Choosing Fairtrade really matters Don’t feed exploitation, support Fairtrade. Be part of the solution not part of the problem
Look out for Promotions in Fair Trade outlets in Ludlow
Thurs 2nd Feb 7.30pm Clun Methodist Church ‘Chocolate of Peace, Cacao Defying Violence’ Film Download poster
(by Gwen Burnyeat, a British anthropologist, and Pablo Mejia Trujillo, a Colombian film-maker, documenting the community’s experiences of resistance as they courageously persist with their production of organic chocolate) In conjunction with Clun Valley Fairtrade Group. Gwen will answer questions and serve hot chocolate.
Sat 4th March 7.30pm ‘Designs on the Roof of the World’ Conversation & Illustrated Talk, Chris Evans. Ludlow Methodist Church, Broad Street (Chris has been working with local people in Nepal to develop sustainable farming practices for over thirty years. Now farmers have begun to be able to devote some land to cash crops such as cotton to sell on a fairtrade basis) Download poster
Children’s Fairtrade Poster Competition Entries by 3rd March. Details from: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 8th March 1.30pm Mayor’s Reception St Laurence Church, Presentation of Competition Prizes
Thursday 9th March 10am-2pm Special Fairtrade Stall Local Produce Market, Castle Square
Traidcraft Spring Fair Big Brew Sat 11 March 10am-4pm, Ludlow Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford
Support The Traidcraft Big Brew Let it Grow Appeal as part of the Spring Fair, view the 2017 new spring products and buy some Fair Trade gifts, foods and greetings cards. Change a family’s future.