Sponsorship with a twist

Claire & Georgie

 

We met the lovely Claire and Georgie in London last year. Claire sponsored Georgie through ‘the DoNation’; a brilliant project that hopes to create a greener and more sustainable nation by asking people to replace cash with action. http://www.thedonation.org.uk/

 

 

Having fun with cut out animation

 

We had a laugh listening to some of the things that people have DoNated and enjoyed making this digital story using some good old fashioned scissors and camera!

 

Thank you Claire & Georgie

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A smile on a stick! Our dabble with solar power…

We met Bab’s on a calm sunny day in the wilds of West Penwith in Cornwall. Bab’s smile could be spotted from the end of the street- signaling that we had arrived (without getting lost for a change!).

A solar powered radio was playing from the rooftop. Apparently this worked beautifully in Senegal… it wasn’t fairing so well in Cornwall however, cutting out every now and then, even on this sunny day!

 

 

Like a lot of people we were thoroughly confused by solar power. My Dad had told me that you’d need to have solar power for 10 years to make it financially worth it. So it was good to learn about solar power from someone in the know and dispel some confusions. Here is Bab’s story-

Bab’s knew about solar power like my nephew knows about superman- very well and with enthusiasm! It was good to understand how solar works and learn about who can have it (not every roof is suitable).

For Bab’s installing solar power is not just about climate change (he laughs, “you cant save the world by just doing solar!”) it’s a rewarding way of “doing his bit”. This is a view that a lot of people we have spoken to this year share… no matter how big or small… they’re just doing what they can. It strikes us that this is a much nicer way to think about climate change than feeling guilty about the things we’re not doing!

Thank you Babs!

Meeting Freddie the orangutan… in a nursery in Cornwall

We met Gill and Freddie quite early on in our journey collecting digital stories that think about climate change in the UK.

Gill had a warm Cheshire accent and talked fondly of her impressive 40 years in childcare. Gill had set up Gooseberry Day bush nursery 20 years ago and it’s clear that it’s a well-loved and well-used nursery.

 

We were told about Gill and her nursery by the Green Foundation team at the Eden Project. When they explained what Gill had been doing with the nursery children we had to hear more!

So we sat wide-eyed, very much like the children in the nursery would do, and listened to the story of Freddie the orangutan. Freddie’s story had humor, love, danger and sadness… here it is-

We have to admit that palm oil isn’t something we’d really thought about before. After coming home and looking at all of our packaging we feel slightly hopeless- it’s in so many things!

Often labeled as vegetable oil, the ingredient that’s causing Freddie’s home to be chopped down is in all our favorite things. Biscuits are top of the list- we are both notorious biscuit fiends!

So we both vowed to cut down on the amount of things we ate with palm oil in. Quite honestly it’s not been easy and there are been times where we’ve forgotten altogether. When you’re in a rush to buy lunch or on a tight budget, sadly little Freddie doesn’t factor into your buying habits.

Really this is like a lot of things to do with climate change. They are hard to relate to your everyday life and difficult to keep at the front of your mind. Still, if everyone cut down the amount of things they ate with palm oil in, when they could, it would make a difference. The more people we speak to the more we believe that- every little helps.

Thank you Gill!

 

Lost on the Brecon Beacons- meeting Chris

In August last year we were lucky enough to be scaling the side of a ‘mountain’ in the Brecon Beacons…

“turn left, turn right, recalculating”

The Sat Nav was well and truly lost and confused, and was quite honestly driving us mad. We turn this off and crossed our fingers that we were climbing the right mountain.

At this stage there is only one way… up! 10 minutes later and we are still heading up. A quick phone call to Chris (who we are hoping to meet, if we can find him!) and some reassurance to just keep going. Over the cattle grid and past a flock of sheep, and we finally reach Chris’ house! The Brecon Beacons were stunning, the sun was shining and Chris was lovely.

We all sat down (us and the two dogs that is) with a cup of tea (not the dogs) and chatted about making Chris’ digital story.

So here it is:

 

Quite honestly until I heard Chris’ story I had no idea what micro hydropower was… it sounded fancy and complicated! Listening to Chris we are struck by how simple micro hydro is. And as Chris points out it makes perfect sense for this area… there are hundreds of streams, plenty of rain, and steep hills (as we know from our earlier drive!).

As with some of our other blog posts, Chris is just a normal guy doing something positive for communities in his area, in response to climate change. Chris talked enthusiastically about helping communities to set up micro hydropower in the Brecons and clearly goes above and beyond to make this happen.

Thank you Chris!

Heather’s Story- our time on the farm

When we set out to collect peoples stories thinking about climate change, we always knew we wanted to speak to people who were out in the elements in their day to day job. So who better than a farmer?

Meet Heather, a livestock farmer in Cornwall. Heather’s kept a daily diary, complete with weather report, since she was 21- very impressive! Over the last two decades she’s noticed some changes and wonders what might happen in the future. So here’s Heather’s story-

We visited Heather a few times in August last year. Strictly speaking, we visited a few more times than necessary, but we just couldn’t pass her farm without popping in. Especially as within seconds of walking into the kitchen, the hot water was on the Aga for the tea, and the tupperware box of goodies was produced from the pantry. On our first visit, Francesca got to sample her first saffron bun – it didn’t disappoint!

Heather’s kitchen is a typical farmers kitchen; paperwork piled up in the corner, numerous mugs across the table, dogs rushing around your feet, and a selection of very comfy mismatched chairs.

After sharing her story, Heathers took us off across the fields in her camouflage buggy looking for a new born calf, very exciting! As we drove around the fields lots of inquisitive faces peered into the buggy looking for food. In this situation you realize just how big beef can get!

Heather talks fondly of her herd – as if they are her friends and we sit back to enjoy the ride.
We had a lovely time getting to know Heather. An endless supply of tea and cake, and some lovely old photographs.

Off to school

Looking at this one Heather hasn’t changed much, especially when she blushes as we flick through.

Thank you Heather!

‘Conscious Vibes’ and a tour around Peckham

Since this rap has been going around our heads for the past week we thought we’d feature it on here for others to enjoy!

So, introducing ‘Conscious Vibes,’ a word artist from Peckham.

‘Conscious Vibes’ lived up to his name! Walking around Peckham Conscious taught us a thing or two about being more observant of our surroundings! By the end of our visit we had countless photographs of coloured brick walls and planes flying over Peckham!

Brick walls and planes!

Conscious was good fun to work with and knows how to work the camera!

Strike a pose!

It was great to have a tour of Peckham from someone who knows it like the back of his hand. As we walked around Peckham we learnt more and more about Conscious – he shared his memories of places around Peckham, and turned out to be quite the acrobat!

Jump!

To hear more from Conscious tune into Revolution on Reprezent 107.3FM every Monday evening.

Conscious outside Reprezent

Meeting Mary- Incredible Edible Todmorden

In summer last year we embarked on the long train journey from Falmouth to Todmorden… three trains and nine hours later, we arrive. We were there to visit Incredible Edible and listen to their story of community growing. To our luck the sun was shining, and we made our way over to Mary’s house to be greeted with a warm smile and a mug of tea.

Mary

Instantly, Mary captured us. She shares the story of Incredible Edible with such passion, kindness and determination. No question was a silly question, and she kindly invited us back the next morning to talk some more. Here’s her story… .

As well as telling us her story, Mary introduced us to her fellow Incredible Edible friend Estelle who was happy to show us around. Not your typical tour mind, we were off to see the sights in carparks, bus stops, derelict buildings…and we were strangely excited. It was great fun, and Estelle was a brilliant guide, we were even allowed to sample some of the food. A definite highlight was visiting the Police Station’s veg beds.

Estelle and local bobby swap hats!

After walking our socks off, we arrived back at Marys for a reboot with a cuppa and a warm bowl of soup. We didn’t stop for long though, Mary had arranged for us to visit the local school where they were growing veg and fruit in disused boats in their playground. Pretty cool!

So off we went to meet some of the schools most avid growers. We have to say their  enthusiasm was contagious, potatoes have never been picked so fast! They knew their stuff, and tricked Sarah to eat a mustard leaf… “it’s not bad… oh wait… erg!” followed by a raucous of children’s laughter!

proud potato pickers

The next day, brought another adventure. This time we went to meet Incredible Edible’s allotment gardener Nick and his partner Meg the dog – a welcoming team. Nick treated us to a guided tour, with a lesson in grafting. While Meg was more keen to show us Nick’s weed stew, a nutrient rich concoction that emitted a powerful rotten stench. We were careful not to get too close, Meg on the other hand couldn’t get enough.

mmm weed stew!

As our visit drew to a close, Mary took us to visit the only place we were yet to see, the grounds of the local church. Francesca was an enthusiastic sampler, luckily Sarah had a camera at hand for this one!

It was a fantastic trip, and a great way to start off our journey collecting people’s stories thinking about climate change. Incredible Edible’s kind and determined approach to local community growing can’t help but capture and inspire. Mary talks about climate change in an honest and relatable way, it was a pleasure to listen to her story.

For more information on Incredible Edible Todmorden, visit their website here – http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/