We are a new charity based in North London, whose main aim is to bring people together to act on climate as a group, measuring our progress as we go.
Who are we looking for?
Do you want to take part in something that involves people of all backgrounds, having a sense of common purpose & a strong desire to do something about the climate crisis? We’re building a diverse group with up to 50 people in our local community for people to bring their individual interests and willingness to collaborate into this sustainability & climate action group. That would be 49 people like you and of course, you!
What will you be doing?
Did you ever wonder why it is so difficult for people in London to live sustainably and do something meaningful about the climate crisis? So did we! That’s why we set up this charity, to find out how green & sustainable a group of people can be.
We need to find our members, work out how we will best organise ourselves, work with our members to come up with the ways and means to live sustainably and reduce our carbon footprints, and then start recording the data from our activities so we can demonstrate how effective we actually are.
We believe in tackling all environmental and social crises – there’s not much point in sorting out the climate crisis if we end up on a dead, polluted planet because we forgot about Nature. We are looking at every issue: plastic, biodiversity, deforestation, soil degradation, overfishing, refugees, poverty, racism, sexism and all discrimination, and we will consider every potential solution, whether it’s practical, short-term, long-term, psychological, therapeutic, natural or technological.
We want to create demonstrative, visible evidence of improvements to our community through product and material re-use, re-purposing, recycling, better shopping and eating, energy and water efficiency gains, carbon footprint reduction, caring for nature and the built environment.
So in a nutshell, most of the effort we put into this goes into communication. EcoCounts aims to make it work in whatever way suits the individual participants – real life meetings, instant messages, SMS, emails, the discussion board. And the other part of the work will be recording the data. For the spreadsheet pros, you get your own spreadsheet on our cloud, or if you prefer, you fill in what you can and leave the rest to be estimated with the third-party carbon calculators that we use.
What EcoCounts does to support participants
• community outreach and participant recruitment
• marshalling ideas and feedback
• organising group meetings / communications schedule subgroup integration
• monitoring, data management
• keeping our website, discussion board, spreadsheet cloud, blog and wiki running
What difference will you make?
Due to our newness, we have very little funding and are all volunteers at this point, doing the main work of the charity. So please join up. Because our results will be most convincing if we can show our participants are highly representative of the diverse population of North London, there is a place for everyone here. In the long run, the charity will support the volunteers in every way they need. We have just received National Lottery funding for six months to start building the founding group.
What’s in it for the participants?
Without a doubt this role is for someone who feels the need to do something about the climate crisis (and all the others). This kind of activity is also meant to have a great effect on your mental health. It will bring you into contact with an eclectic mix of different people too. The experience should also make a great entry on your CV, should you wish to get heavily involved.
The boroughs of Islington, Camden, Hackney, Haringey, City of London, Westminster. Or near-by.
Estimate of time needed: 1 to 2 hours / week.
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