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21-27March2011: Climate Week and the WI

Join the big week of action on climate change

The NFWI is supporting Climate Week 2011 to inspire
more action on climate change.

Climate Week will shine a spotlight on the many positive steps
already being taken across Britain to tackle climate change.
WI members have led the charge to protect our environment,
taking action in our own lives and pressing the Government for
stronger action.
Now we want WI members to use this experience to inspire
others, by holding special events during the week.
We’ve included some ideas below, but there are many other
ways to raise awareness.
Do remember to let the Public Affairs Department know what
you are planning, and to send us photos and information about
how your events went on the day.

21st to 27th March 2011
Hold a low-carbon lunch

Climate Week is all about inspiring action and
spreading the word, so why not talk climate change
over an eco-friendly lunch?
Inviting friends and family over for lunch is not only a great
way to spend an afternoon, it can also help reduce your impact
on the environment.
• Make your menu seasonal: fruit and vegetables grown
locally and in season taste better and need less energy to
produce and transport.
• Challenge your guests to travel green: challenge your
guests to a green travel competition—the one who uses the
greenest mode of transport to arrive at the lunch avoids the
washing up!
• Fill your oven: planning your menu so that you make
maximum use of your oven when it is turned on can help you
use energy more efficiently.
• Love Food, Hate Waste: we all need to do our bit to help
reduce the amount of waste going to landfill—so make sure
you use up those leftovers.
Why not include some of Eat Seasonably’s
March food heroes?
Spring greens, Cauliflower, Leek, Savoy
Cabbage and Kale are at their best in March.
How to get involved
Ruth Bond signs a declaration against dirty
power stations aboard the Greenpeace
Rainbow Warrior.

Visit an Old Home SuperHome
Visiting an old home may not be the first thing that
springs to mind when thinking about cutting C02, but
all over England and Wales houses are hiding an eco
secret.
Hundreds of ordinary homes have been given an eco-refurb to
cut their carbon emissions and turn them into ‘SuperHomes’.
The NFWI is working with the Sustainable Energy Academy to
give WI members the chance to visit a SuperHome near them
and find out more.
The SuperHome open week takes place between Sunday 27th
and Sunday 4th April 2011, and visits can be booked online at
http://www.sustainable-energyacademy.org.uk/.
Contact Emma in Public Affairs for more information.

Hold a candlelit film night
Get the energy saving buzz
Useful Contacts
Hearing the stories of others can be a really powerful way
to spread the message about climate change.
So why not gather friends and family together to watch one of
these films by candlelight?
Oxfam’s film ‘Sisters on the Planet’ tells the inspirational story of
four women from around the world who are determined to fight
climate change. You can order a free dvd of the film at:
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get_involved/campaign/
climate_change/sisters/dvdform.html
Members in the NFWI’s film ‘A World Without Jam’ present a
worrying vision of a future where climate change continues
unchecked, but also show us that its not too late to change.
To borrow a dvd of this film please contact your federation or
speak to Emma Lindsay in Public Affairs.

Get the energy saving buzz
WI members are being offered a free
energy saving product as part of the
Government’s commitment to reducing
UK energy consumption.
FREE Water Widget
This gadget will help you turn your shower
into an eco-shower. The Water Widget takes
less than five minutes to fit, but uses up to
70% less water and could save you up to £80 a
year on utility bills.
The Water Widget is not recommended for electric showers or suitable for
low-flow showers.
How to apply
All you need to do to apply is log on to www.freegreengadgets.co.uk and use
the promotional code NFWI.
If you have any questions about these
activities, please don’t hesitate to contact
Emma Lindsay in the Public Affairs
Department via the details below:
Tel. 020 7371 9300 (ext 213)
Email: e.lindsay@nfwi.org.uk
Post: Public Affairs, NFWI, 104 New Kings
Road, London, SW6 4LY.

You can register your event online here:
www.climateweek.com
Old Home Superhome:
www.sustainableenergyacademy.org.uk
Eat Seasonably:
www.eatseasonably.org.uk
Free energy gadgets:
www.freegreengadgets.co.uk
Don’t forget! Do keep the Public Affairs team up to date with what you are planning, let
us know how the event goes, and send us photos!