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An update from the WI Climate Change Forum

An update from the WI Climate Change Forum

Friday 16 December 2022

An update from the WI Climate Change Forum


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Back in August, Joy Thomson, Federation Chairman and, and Karen Blampied, Chairman of the Community and Environment Committee, presented the Jersey Meteorological Office with a Jersey Climate Change scarf. This will be displayed at Maison St Louis Observatory.

The scarf demonstrates how the climate is gradually heating up and acts as a visual warning to the public about the urgency of the problem.

Jersey Met’s head of meteorology, Paul Aked, said: “This is a fantastic piece of craft. It looks stunning and it helps us all think about how the annual average temperature has changed, making use of the very important data recorded locally over the last 128 years at the Maison St Louis Observatory.”

The scarf was knitted by Angela Lister, Chairman of the Crafts & Art Committee and member of St Aubin &St Peter WI, and Angela also created the pattern based on the original data and design developed by Ed Hawkins MBE at the University of Reading.

On Saturday 19th November, the WI Community and Environment Committee welcomed over 80 participants to the WI Climate Change Forum, organised by Karen Blampied, Chairman of the committee, and her Team.

Both WI members, groups and individuals from the local community gathered together to look at Climate Change and how it affects Jersey.

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Deputy Jonathan Renouf gave us a past perspective on Climate Change, very much how we (the world) got to this point in time when we now have a ‘Climate Emergency’.

Nigel Jones from ‘Jersey in Transition’ gave a very practical talk on the present situation. What is happening now, and the mindset needed to tackle the problems, how our actions can limit the causes and damage to our local community and environment.

Jane Burns who manages and promotes the Government of Jersey sustainability and Carbon Neutral roadmap 2050, gave us a way forward for the Future in Jersey.

Joy Thomson, Federation Chairman, highlighted a selection of WI Environmental campaigns including the importance of the honeybee and other pollinators, the aim to fit special filters on new washing machines to avoid the 9.4 trillion microplastic fibres being released into water systems and the sea every week.

National Federation was a founding member of the Climate Change Coalition.

Members are putting together a list of actions to be worked on in the future.

Meanwhile, local community groups set up stalls showing practical ways that the local community is engaging with Climate Change, such as Repair Cafés, Fairtrade, and Going Zero Waste.

The Met Office highlighted the climate weather change through the very visual WI knitted climate stripe scarf and Glyn Mitchel displayed his research on soil quality in Jersey.

The afternoon covered WI campaigns such as Food Matters, Keeping Jersey Tidy, SOS honeybees in the Local Environment, Recycling Plastic & Show the Love a green economy.

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