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The Extinction Rebellion march

Reported by Pippa Stilwell, Climate Ambassador

Suddenly, the climate conversation has taken on a new urgency. Why? Because young people have joined the discussion, and they are not going to let anyone off the hook. Thank goodness. Have a look at Greta Thunberg’s Ted talk, if you haven’t seen it already – it’s brilliant.

Lots of us staged events for the Show the Love campaign this February, and you will be seeing some of them in the April issue of WI Life.

CFWI hosted an event at Chy Noweth an Conteth in partnership with RSPB, to highlight the ways in which climate change is impacting wildlife in Cornwall.

In March I attended a training session in London designed to give Climate Ambassadors an insight into the best way of talking about climate change, and I plan to talk about this at our Spring Countdown at the Regal Theatre on 17 April.

On 11 March I joined the Extinction Rebellion on the first leg of the march from Land’s End to Westminster (I did Land’s End to St Buryan), destined to reach London on April 15th.

There will be a number of marches this summer, but the Climate Coalition is inviting us to join the Westminster lobby planned for 26 June as part of the Week of Action. This will be putting pressure on the Government to preserve our environmental protections after Brexit, and to commit to net zero emissions by 2045. To sign up to receive more information about the plans as they unfold, please click here.

If you prefer to keep your Week of Action activities closer to home, you could follow the example of Zennor WI. We are joining up with our local primary school and inviting Sue James from Cornwall Council and Derek Thomas MP to come and talk about the Climate Emergency announced by Cornwall Council – what does it mean, and what can we do to help? It would be great if WIs across Cornwall could team up with their local schools and invite their MPs to attend.

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