Action was the buzz word of the evening last Friday when over 35 different voluntary, community and private sector organisations came together at Treverbyn Community Hall to discuss climate change and the steps we can all take now.

Attendees heard from Kate Kennally, Chief Executive of Cornwall Council about the plans the council have for the future and the actions they are taking now. Kate’s presentation can be viewed here.

Environmental Activist Oliver Baines spoke of his experiences and actions as a member of Extinction Rebellion in Cornwall, and both Sara Marsh (Treverbyn Community Hall) and Andy Brelsford (Volunteer Cornwall) shared an insight into the actions their organisations are taking, discussing ideas that any group can do no matter the size.

The team at Treverbyn Community Hall served up the most delicious vegetarian feast, catering for a wide range of dietary requirements and leaving everyone with full tummies.

The evening ended with each table being tasked with deciding on three actions that can be taken now, and some fantastic ideas were shared. These included:

  • Make it easy/ less complicated, less judgemental and cheaper than it is now.
  • Impose laws (e.g. smoking ban, plastic bag tariffs)
  • Raise awareness through generations – workshops in schools encouraging children to teach their grandparents about recycling
  • Link ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ to poverty and helping people save money
  • Co-operative buying/ synchronise supermarket deliveries
  • Direct, easy to understand information to every home
  • An incentive vs. penalize scheme (e.g. kerbside recycling – offering a bonus vs. higher council tax, car sharing initiatives, subsidized transport for employees)
  • General re-using of IT, resources, clothing, food from big companies down to small organisations.

 

We are in the process of planning the next-stage event for later this year so keep an eye on the VSF daily bulletin for more information.

Oliver Baines speaking at the Act Now VSF Climate Change event.

Oliver Baines

Kate Kennally speaking at the Act Now VSF Climate Change event.

Kate Kennally, Cornwall Council

The great vegetarian buffet at the Act Now VSF Climate Change event.

Discussions around the table at the Act Now VSF Climate Change event.

Discussions around the table

discussions and debate at the Act Now  VSF Climate Change event

discussions and debate at the Act Now  VSF Climate Change event

More photos of the event can be viewed here (feel free to tag yourself)

The surprise appearance by the beaver can be explained by the Cornwall Beaver Project!