Hello and welcome to our winter newsletter. It has been very busy here at the Warehouse. We have been campaigning on air pollution, climate refugees and the Bee Cause alongside preparing our new bottle recycling campaign. There has been a lot of activity around preparing for the building renovations which started in October. We also welcomed a new member of staff, Nasreen who is our Admin and Facilities Officer.
In this issue we will be taking a closer look at our air pollution and bottle recycling campaigns along with taking a look at what else is going on in Birmingham with guest articles from Hidden Voices and Sifa Fireside. There is also a helpful guide about how you can reduce the amount of waste you produce during the holiday season.
We have been very busy campaigning on air pollution over the past few months. We held a Clean Air Conga at the end of September which provided the perfect opportunity to engage people with issues of poor air quality and how they can make a positive difference. You can find out all about it in Poppy’s article.
On 14 October we took part in the International Climate Action Day in which we were highlighting the importance of switching to renewable energy. We spent the day in Birmingham City Centre asking people to sign our mural. Read Molly’s article to find out more.
Energy and Climate Change
At the beginning of September we had an interesting meeting with Hidden Voices who are working on a similar climate refugee campaign to ours. We are hoping to work with them on something soon so watch this space! Take a look at Liz’s article to find out more about Hidden Voices.
The Divest team have been very busy since winning the support of Birmingham City Council over the summer. They have now started to put a working group together in Coventry. Take a look at Kay’s article for a campaign update.
Our beehives in Digbeth Community Garden are doing well and the bees are busy preparing for winter. There is a lot of debate around how ethical it is to keep bees which Poppy and Mark have started to explore. Take a look at the Big Bee Debate articles and let us know your thoughts.
Our work on transport issues has been a little quiet lately but we did respond to the consultation on the proposed changes to Birmingham Airport’s Runway 33.
As I’m writing this there have been some developments with Birmingham City Council’s Future Waste Strategy. The waste team have sprung into action, keep an eye out for developments.
The waste team have been busy developing our new bottle recycling campaign which you can read all about in Jodie’s article.
There are many different ways you can get involved with our campaigns and we always welcome new people. Whether you have a little time or a lot please get in touch or come along to any of our weekly Monday night meetings (Check out the diary page for contact details).
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