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EVENING AT BICICLETTA CAFE CANCELLED
VIDEO TALKS INSTEAD.
Thurs 19th Mar
7 - 9pm
‘Resilience in turbulent times – from Covid-19 to climate crisis’- video talks
Hi all, SWACC are really sad to announce that we are postponing this Thursday's Changing Conversations event at Bicicletta. Nickee will be recording the talks instead and uploading them to the SWACC facebook page and website by the end of the week. With the current situation we feel this is the right course of action.
There are so many similarities to the climate crisis and the current crisis we are facing with Covid-19, both in terms of the sort of threat we face and how we might be able to respond to them. Nickee will be talking more about it all in the videos – do check our facebook page or here on the website for details.
BICICLETTA EVENING CANCELLED
Walk to School Day One Year Anniversary
Thurs 2nd April
Hello All, given the current situation with Covid - 19, we are postponing our Walk to School day anniversary bonanza until everything has returned to normal. Thank you for your patience and we will let you know when we're back up and running.
A Bit for Bugs
SWACC members are working on a new project to encourage residents to leave areas of their gardens un-mown to help bugs and wildlife.
Keep a look out for further info here over the next few months.
PREVIOUS EVENTS AND NEWS STORIES
Climate Strike for Solutions
Friday 14th February,
On Friday 14th September, the youth of Saffron Walden marched through our town to protest against climate change and to protect our local environment The Strike was part of UKSCN student climate strike's happening all over the UK and marked 1 year since the first ever UK student climate strike.
SWACC were approached by organisers Olivia Whittle and Wojtek Widuch to ask for our support which we were very happy to give.
Having met at the town square bearing placards, students, children and adults alike listened to powerful speeches from Olivia and Wojtek. We then marched (on the pavement to avoid traffic disruption) through town and up to the Uttlesford District Council Offices on London Road. Here District Council Leader John Lodge and District and Town Councillor Richard Freeman met the students and invited us all into the council chambers to hold talks.
We have all been blown away by the organisation, determination and bravery of the students involved. Preparing for their mock A-Level exams. the march was organised to take place over lunch and into the afternoon to minimise lessons missed. They also made sure the march was positive, calling it the Climate Strike for Solutions; focusing on the solutions to climate change and not the problems.
Press in the Saffron Reporter, Walden Local and Dunmow Broadcast
Stansted Airport expansion REFUSED!!!
On Friday 24th Jan Uttlesford District Council voted to refuse the expansion of Stansted Airport due to increased noise pollution, air pollution and to climate change.
UDC's pledge to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030 could not be achieved with expansion and it was an incredible thing to see all councillors in agreement on the need to act now!
Truly a proud day to be a resident of Uttlesford!
Thank you to all those who worked so immensely hard to make this dream a reality. Absolutely incredible.
SWACC 'Walk and Talk'
Sunday 19th January
🌳☀️What a perfect morning for a walk! ☀️🌳
Thanks to all those who were able to join us for our first SWACC Walk and Talk!
It was great to meet some new faces and to catch up with some more familiar ones.
Keep an eye out for future dates as we hope to develop the Walk and Talk idea, bringing our members together as a community, in a relaxed and informal way, out in our natural local surroundings.
Let us know what works for you and we'll do our best to make it happen!
🌿🌿Hedge and Tree planting with Saffron Walden Town Council INCREDIBLE success!🌿🌿
We had a truly fantastic day on the 30th Nov with community spirit fizzing in the air. Diggers brought biscuits and mulled wine to keep each other going and with so many volunteers the hedges were planted in no time!
Welly wearing, spade wielding groups were spotted around town and we had some fantastic coverage in the Walden Local.
This wonderful day beautifully illustrates what can be achieved (and how fast) when we all work together!!
Watch this space for more group actions!
Friday 20th September, Saffron Walden Town Hall
SWACC member Melanie Hughes came to SWACC with an idea for a local Climate Strike. We said 'Go for it' and she did!
100 + people turned up on Friday 20th September to stand with Greta Thunberg and Millions of children around the world protesting for their right to a future.
We made the front page of the Saffron Reporter and page 3 of the Walden local.
More Strikes to follow, watch this space...
Saffron Walden ECO Fair
Saturday 21st September
Another SWACC member Cara Winter came to SWACC with her idea for an Eco Fair in Saffron Walden a few months ago. We said 'Go for it' and she did!
The Eco fair was a fantastic success, Ben Brown from Uttlesford District Council gave a talk on recycling, Naomi Smith gave a guided meditation. There were stalls for small business eco products, info about Veganism, the nappy library, massages, our SWACC stall and much much more.
Press from the Saffron Reporter
Who we are
SWACC is a warm, friendly, positive group of local people coming together to protect our environment and to take action on climate change. It is a place to meet like minded people to find solutions, both local and further afield.
This group is for everyone; for those who can do a little, those who can do a lot and all those in between. There is a role for everyone!
To bring our local community together to learn about climate change and about environmental issues in our local area.
To help people understand the urgency and need for new initiatives locally and globally.
To plan and execute specific local projects to improve our local environment and to counter the effects of climate change.