Climate Emergency Centre

The Abingdon Museum basement is now the One Planet Abingdon ‘Climate Emergency Centre‘. It was opened on 25th September as part of the Big Green Day in Abingdon.

They are open Thursday, Fridays and Saturday 10am – 4pm. It is run by volunteers. You can drop in and share ideas. Coffee is available.

Today the Abingdon Carbon Cutters were bottling apple and pear juice. Different groups will be using the room at the side.

10 thoughts on “Climate Emergency Centre

  1. Sarah

    Alas–in a climate emergency we should not be drinking coffee. Perhaps they should turn some of those apples into hot spicy cider instead!

  2. PPJS

    I understand that climate change is threatening some strains of coffee; but how does drinking coffee affect climate change? Why should I not drink coffee?

    I am willing to be thought ignorant – but, if so, please help me to be better informed. I genuinely don’t know.

  3. Daniel

    PPJS; while some countries are responsible for 10s and 10s of % of the global CO² output for the planet, and the UK is hovering around 1% of that; it is very very important that we are made acutely aware that washing our yoghurt pots or drinking sustainable coffee is important. All while the million houses a year that need to be built in the UK don’t need to have a single solar panel between them. Don’t get me wrong; sustainable coffe certainly is important however I don’t feel it is really going to address the problem. Of course none of this matters when it comes to green taxes or government policy being made that may or may not be useful, but will be expensive. Having said that…BMW Mini pumping out 1000 cars a year. Every year…and also Nissan, Ford, Vauxhall etc…maybe I’ll simply stop buying yoghurt. At least I’ll be doing my bit?

    1. Daniel

      I would never intentionally want to mislead anyone and am always happy to be corrected, so it falls to me to accept I was wrong with wot I wrote above, and I would not want that to go unrecognised.

      BMW Mini produces 1000 cars A DAY, not a year as I originally posted…my apologies for any issues caused by my previous ill informed post.

  4. Mr Smith

    Oh please. Are their really not better campaigns to support in the UK. Please tell me what is wrong with warmer weather. Longer summers, milder winters and old age pensioners no longer freezing to death in front of a 1 bar electric fire?

  5. Sarah

    Air miles / sea miles … that’s all. What’s the old slogan? Think global, act local? Importing coffee from South America, Africa or the Far East is intrinsically bad for the planet … either massive use of diesel in marine engines along with good old rubbish/sewage overboard pollution, or CO2 straight into the upper atmosphere and more use of fossil fuels. Not to mention the perils of monoculture.

    1. Chris

      True Sarah, but just singling out coffee….. (I understand that you’re making a point!) E.g. there’s tea, chocolate, avocados and all the tropical and subtropical foods, wine from California & Australia, all the ‘essentials’ from TVs to furniture to clothes that we have made in Asia…. Our whole economy and indeed based lifestyles are based on ultimately unsustainable practices

      1. Sarah

        Oh absolutely! But I suspect we shall have to get used to eating foodstuffs grown on our own continent, with seasons, and overseas tropical fruits etc will go back to being treats. Imports from further afield will largely comprise the consumables you mention. On the other hand, the rising prices of imports will encourage our own manufacturing sector, and we shall become more self sufficient there. Everything waxes and wanes. We just have to adapt our practices . Change needn’t be scary!


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