Supporting Individuals

Many of our activities are aimed at helping individuals lower their carbon footprint. The first step to reducing our carbon footprint is understanding which of our activities generate the most carbon. Click Here to see a copy of the presentation from our Transition Tuesday entitled ‘What’s Your Carbon Footprint?’ A review of online tools for calculating your Carbon Footprint suggested that one of the better ones to use is by Carbon Independent.

Over the years we’ve collected a range of books on many subjects, from veg growing to home insulation. Contact us if you are interested in borrowing a book on a particular theme and we will happily loan you a relevant book. If you have a Transition or sustainability themed book that you have finished with, we’d love to offer it to others to read!

Transition Tuesday is our monthly meeting, held on the second Tuesday of the month.  Meetings are themed; we often have a speaker, a film or a workshop on an aspect of life which could benefit from a Transition perspective. We’re always keen to hear ideas for future meetings. Everyone is welcome – just turn up.  We meet upstairs in Mrs Howard Hall.  Refreshments are available from 7.30pm, with the event starting at 7.45pm. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of £2 helps to cover our costs.  Further information about meeting topics and the venue can be found in our calendar on the home page.

Supporting Local Schools
Transition Town Letchworth are keen to support local schools on activities to tackle climate change and are happy to come and talk about Transition Town projects. We are particularly keen to help students identify and undertake climate repair activities, exploring the positive ways they can show their support for tackling climate change. To this end we have produced the following activity sheets describing activities that students could choose to deliver which will support climate repair:

We are aware that lost of our local schools have some great ideas for reducing their carbon footprint. Click here to see a ‘post-it board’ of local schools climate repair activities and do let us know about any of your schools activities that you would like shared.

Supporting Local Guiding and Scouting Groups
Transition Town Letchworth has resources and games that can be borrowed by local youth groups who are exploring environmental issues and we are happy to visit your group. Working with a local Brownie and Cub group we have developed information packs
and activities addressing the challenges set in the Brownies Environment Badge and the Cubs Environmental Conservation Badge. The following gives a flavour of some of the activities included in the resources:

  • Energy Saving: We bring along a thermal camera and let the children find out how this technology works, if the weather is cold enough the children can look for heat loss and draughts in your meeting place. We bring along a plug in energy monitor and electronic gadgets so the children can explore the amount of energy used by gadgets in the home.
  • Renewable Energy: We have a model house which the children can use to find out about solar renewable technology.
  • Water Saving: We bring a game to help children understand how much water they use and ideas and devices which can help us reduce water use.
  • Waste: Through a series of games and challenges played over an evening you will be able to explore the idea of REDUCE, REUSE and RECYLE including the topical subject of reducing single use plastics.
  • Food Miles: We have games and activities which explore food miles and eating in season. We have suggestions for visits to local farms.
  • Hedges and Pesticides: We have four short scripts and some props which the children can act out and by the end of the evening they will have shared learning on how bees, butterflies, dormice and birds have been affected by pesticides and hedgerow loss.
  • Endangered Species: We have games and activities to help the children find out about hedgehogs and how we can help them. We can put you in touch with local people who care for sick hedgehogs who are willing to come and speak with your group.

So please contact us if you are interested in working on an Environmental Challenge and think we can help.

 

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Speakers and Activity Organisers
Would your group, troop, class, church, team, or whatever like to have a speaker and / or activity organiser to talk about or demonstrate any aspect of Transition Town Letchworth’s work? Our members have done everything from formal presentation to clubs and interest groups to using energy monitors to show cubs and scouts how to save energy. We’d be delighted to do more with other organisations. Contact us!

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TTLs first online Transition Tuesday – A Summary of the Discussion

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