Campaigning & Volunteering
The most effective and far reaching changes to tackle the climate crisis need to be taken at national level. Emailing your councillors, MP or large companies such as supermarket chains and food manufacturers is an important way to bring about change.
Businessess need to hear where they are failing to meet the changing needs of their customers. Let them feel the heat!
In your email you might want to cover the following points:
Why it’s important to you.
The changes you want to see.
These might include:
- The option to buy loose fruit and vegetables free from plastic packaging.
- The option to reuse your own containers when buying meat and dry foods.
- Replacement of plastic packaging with more sustainable or more easily recycled alternatives.
- Choice of foods, beauty and cleaning products that either don’t contain palm oil or contain palm oil from a sustainable source.
Aldi: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Waitrose: email email@example.com
Environmental Campaigning Groups
Joining a local or national environmental campaigning group is a good way to keep up to date with the latest information and useful tips. It also helps support the work these groups undertake.
New Leaf Alresford on Facebook
Winchester Friends of the Earth
Winchester Action on Climate Change (WINACC)
Alton Climate Awareness Network (ACAN)
Extinction Rebellion groups in Winchester and Petersjield
Plastic Free Winchester on Facebook
There are many voluntary roles offering opportunities to help the environment.
- Try a UK conservation/volunteering holiday. Look at this article from the Ecologist for some ideas.
- Explore local volunteering opportunities with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
- Join a litter pick or beach clean project. Visit Litter Action, the Marine Conservation Society or Surfers Against Sewage to find an event near you.
- If you can’t donate your time consider making a charitable donation to wildlife and environmental charities to suppport the work they do.