Recent SWACCtivity... (Scroll down for news and previous events)
Nature and Climate Change Council Meeting
Monday 16th December, 7.15pm
Uttlesford District Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden
SWACC! WE NEED YOU! ALL OF YOU!
On Monday 16th Dec Uttlesford District Council will meet to hear a new climate change motion and we need to be there! Bring yourselves, family members, banners, hedgehog teddies, plants, toy bees, anything you can think of to help show how much you care about nature and preserving it.
We need to FILL the stalls to show everyone at the council how passionately we believe in this motion.
New local group 'Uttlesford ECO forum' have proposed the motion and are getting ready to take positive action to protect our local environment alongside Uttlesford District Council. This group of councillors and members of the public are working towards an 'Eco Baseline'- a line drawn in the sand to guide all future projects so that nature is preserved in our district.
There are projects for hedgehogs, bees, rivers, trees, transport, renewable energy, electric car charging points, plastics and more... if you would like to be part of these projects please email us.
Changing Conversations with Saffron Screen
Film showing of '2040' (PG)
Sunday 12th January 5pm
We are very excited to once again be collaborating with Saffron Screen.
2040 is a positive and uplifting film about a possible future for the world if we embrace new technologies to combat climate change.
The film is at 5pm so that young adults can also attend, the film is rated PG. We will be having a brief discussion afterwards as I'm sure we'll have a lot to talk about!
This is a cinema event so please buy your tickets from Saffron Screen.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Walk to School days great success!
Next date 19th December
All 6 of our local schools are taking part in monthly Walk to School Days. Over 2000 children walk/bike/scoot/car share or take the bus. Parents comment on safer journeys to school, empty school car parks and how lovely it is to get out in the fresh air. Some families walk all the way from Wendens Ambo, Littlebury and Sewards End, amazing!
There are many important findings as well. Some parents who want to take part but can't due to living out of town have expressed the need for a clean, efficient public transport system. Parents have also highlighted the need for safer walking and cycling routes to school.
From taking car surveys we are averaging a 5% drop in traffic on Walk to School days.
We hope to see you on the streets!
PREVIOUS EVENTS AND NEWS STORIES
🌿🌿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.