On 25 September 2021, a group called One Planet Abingdon is launching a new Climate Emergency Centre in the former Mousehole Café, under Abingdon Museum.
Members of the public are invited to come and see what we’re doing and take part in the activities.
Why set up a Climate Emergency Centre now? Because lots of people are worried about the impacts of global heating. The Climate Emergency Centre is a focus for individuals and groups committed to creating a society where everyone can live a happy, healthy life within their share of the planet’s resources, and preserve green spaces for people and wildlife.
The Climate Emergency Centre aims to bring the community together and promote the circular economy – to reuse, share, repair, remanufacture and recycle – creating a closed-loop system that minimises waste and pollution. For example, people will be able to take part in repair cafes, mending workshops, clothing and plant swaps, accessing product samples from local refill shops, bike repairs, pop-up sessions with other sustainability groups, and exhibitions.
Food and sustainability will be addressed by promoting local food growing, sharing food crops, holding zero food waste workshops, apple pressing and jam making.
Groups already working with One Planet Abingdon and the Climate Emergency Centre include: Community Action Group Project (CAG), Abingdon Carbon Cutters, XRAbingdon, representative young people, Stonehill, Bioabundance, Oxford Wood Recycling, and Added Ingredients.
The Climate Emergency Centre came from a result of many community groups, young people and other individuals wanting to join forces, and help each other face the challenges of global heating, loss of wildlife and subsequent social issues, now and for the future.
The Mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Cheryl Briggs says: “Abingdon Town Council is proud to support One Planet Abingdon and provide this space for free. The planet is in crisis and action to reduce carbon emissions needs to happen now. It is great to see these groups working together to inform the public what they can do to help.”
Visit One Planet Abingdon website or follow us on social media to find out more and get involved: