Pauline Hocking of Climate Survivors on last year and next…
What was your biggest achievement in 2013?
What was our biggest achievement is a difficult question to answer. It was great to be involved in getting a local food growing project off the ground. It has brought that community together in a positive way and it’s great to think that this season people will have lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Much of our energy went in to organising an event “An Economy for the 99%”. We had high ambitions for the outcomes and, if we are honest, they weren’t achieved but other outcomes were like getting to know a much broader group of people with whom we share hopes, dreams, visions and values and with whom we can collaborate on a range of other projects and campaigns.
If you could go back to the beginning of the year and give yourself one warning/piece of advice, what would it be?
Advice would be – be focused, incredibly focused, as there is so much to do out there so go for what in our hearts we believe to be the most effective things we can do and don’t be deterred or derailed. Also, never tire of discussing with people. Spreading the word, and providing the information that to most is ‘hidden’, is invaluable’. Don’t judge – we are all doing our best in incredibly difficult circumstances.
What have you got planned for 2014, and how can people get involved in what you do.
A series of meetings with speakers, serious launch campaign of Charter for Abundance, possible showing of Chasing Ice, continued attempts to spread the word amongst people who do not usually discuss or are aware of climate change.
In our food growing group, which is linked to climate survivors, we’re laying raised beds in 10 – 12 gardens over the next few weeks + planting lots of fruits trees on the deprived Old Moat estate where i live thus enabling those on low incomes to cut carbon and food costs.
The way to contact us is by emailing climate firstname.lastname@example.org or joining the site climatesurvivors.ning.com (this site is now devoted to developing our Charter for Abundance but also has meeting information). Like our page on Facebook ‘Climate Survivors’ and/or tel. 07712566144.
Next meeting is coming up – leaflet attached. (Mon 27th Jan)