UPCOMING TRAINING AND WEBINARS
USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR COP AND THE GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION
7th September 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
As we approach the UN Climate Talks, also known as COP 26, join us to find out how you and your group can use your social media skills to call for climate action and a just transition.
CLIMATE DISINFORMATION - WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN YOU TACKLE IT?
8th September 2021 - 13:00 - 14:00
Join Harriet Kingaby from Media Bounty for a brief exploration of climate disinformation. What is it? Who's using it? How do we tackle it?
In 2018, the UN's Global Compact on Migration was derailed by disinformation from the far right, which linked it to toxic immigration debates worldwide, and spread lies about its outcomes.
In 2021, our research has revealed similar groups using similar tactics, but focused on climate change. Climate misinformation is a threat to COP26, but if we're prepared, we can fight back.
8th September 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
In this session you’ll learn how plants create seeds, and how to use nature’s abilities to save your own seeds. We’ll go through the easier plants as well as the more complex ones, and you’ll come out of the session with a clear idea of plan reproduction, and knowledge on how to start saving seeds.
CLIMATE ACTION PLANS FOR COUNCILS - EXPLAINED
13th September to 15th November 2021 - weekly 14:00 - 15:00
Council Climate Action Plans cover a whole range of topics from housing to transport which can be complicated stuff. We’re running a series of sessions to help you understand the various topics in our template Climate Action Plan so you can campaign as effectively as possible. In each session we’ll delve into a different topic within the Climate Action Plan, as well as take you through the local data we have in our new Near You tool and introduce you to some case studies of councils that are leading the way on climate action. You can join us for all 10 sessions or just come along to the ones that are of interest to you. See below for what topic we’ll be covering on each date.
BREEDING REPTILES TO REWILD BRITAIN
16th September 2021 - 13:00 - 14:00
Today, nature enthusiasts, conservationists, rewilders or really anybody who has an interest in the wild world knows there are massive voids in our ecosystems. Some of these holes in the ecological fabric are the absence of large mammals and apex predators such as bears, aurochs, lynx and wolves, or large birds such as dalmatian pelicans and white storks. And while conservation efforts and media attention has been focused on these species, reptiles and amphibians have been forgotten. Working with these animals requires large areas of land and experience, something that not everybody has to offer. However, there is also another piece of the vast, interconnected environmental puzzle that has been overlooked - reptiles and amphibians, or herptiles as they are known collectively.
GROWING FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE
23rd September 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
Whether growing food in a balcony garden, allotment, school or urban farm, there are a variety of ways to turn urban gardens into key spaces that can increase a city’s capacity to adapt to and mitigate the damaging effects of climate change. Join grower Sinead Fenton for a better understanding of the link between food growing and our climate as well as some invaluable advice on how to build up climate resilience as growers.
MANAGING A LOW INPUT, HIGH OUTPUT MARKET GARDEN
25th September 2021 - 10:00 - 14:00
This in-person training session with Chrissy Harrison is best suited to people with some prior experience of food growing and who want to expand their knowledge of commercial food growing. The session will take place at Keats Organics farm and is designed to show how to manage a productive market garden with minimal inputs, whilst prioritising soil health and biodiversity.
CLIMATE ACTION PLAN FOCUS SESSIONS
28th September 2021 - 17:30 - 18:45
Are you campaigning for your council or metro mayor to implement a strong and ambitious Climate Action Plan? Join our regular Climate Action Plan focus sessions to share how your campaign is going, get solutions to any problems you’re facing and hear from other Climate Action Groups. This month we'll be looking at how you can use your campaign to recruit new members and reach out to new audiences.
HOW TO SUSTAIN A COMMUNITY GARDEN
28th September 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
Community gardens are a valuable community resource for people and planet. Once established, a different set of skills and approaches are needed to reflect the changing needs of communities and individuals whilst helping your garden to thrive.
In this follow-up workshop to their previous session on 'Setting up a Community Garden', we will be exploring how to sustain and grow community gardens, maintain interest and engagement, workshops, events, volunteering, creating value on a shoestring, self-care, community care, resolving conflict, and building resilience. We hope this session will be an opportunity for building skills, creative discussions and the sharing of successful strategies to keep our community gardens flourishing.
29th September 2021 - 19:00 - 20:00
At Friends of the Earth we believe that everyone has the right to live free from abuse of any kind. We all have a responsibility to do everything we can to keep children and vulnerable adults safe and report any concerns we have about their welfare. Our guidance sets out everything groups need to know about safeguarding, including how to meet legal safeguarding requirements, preventative measures you can put in place, and how to report a concern. If you still have questions regarding your group's safeguarding responsibilities, this webinar is for you. After a brief overview of the guidance for groups, we'll spend the majority of this hour answering your remaining questions about safeguarding. Make sure you've read our guide before attending and prepare any questions you still have about safeguarding.
INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS: ECO-FEMINISM AND GENDER JUSTICE
30th September 2021 - 17:00 - 18:30
Women are disproportionately affected by environmental injustice, climate change, disasters and the exploitation of nature. This is especially so for women of colour, peasant and indigenous women, LBTQ women and women workers. Join us to hear from Dipti Bhatnagar (Friends of the Earth International) and Rita Uwaka (Friends of the Earth Nigeria), as they tell us about the Eco-feminist work of Friends of the Earth in Africa and why the Friends of the Earth International campaign Gender Justice and Dismantling Patriarchy is essential in the fight to stop environmental breakdown.
THE PRE-COP GATHERING
2nd October 2021 - 11:00 - 14:00
Together we’ll discuss our plans for COP, talk about what's going well for our groups, share learnings with others, and get inspired to make the most of this moment. We’ll also take action on North Sea oil and gas. The session will be three hours long and will include a break.
WHERE FRUIT & VEG COME FROM (AND WHY IT MATTERS)
6th October 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
Most of the fruit and veg we grow and eat in the UK didn’t originally come from here but the wider world – and most of them have fascinating backstories.
Our trainer Paul Richens will look at a different fruit and vegetables we commonly grow in the UK to see if their origins might help us understand them a little better, their needs and foibles.
We’ll look at why some vegetables need so much watering, why some fruit do better after a ‘hard’ winter and why some vegetables need certain types of soil to thrive. Paul will use case studies and random observations to explain these traits.
11th October 2021 - 18:30 - 21:00
This workshop is an introduction to Active Hope - a resilience and well-being practice designed to help us find and offer our best response to the crises unfolding in our world. It shares tools that help us face the mess we’re in, as well as find and play our role in the collective transition to a life-sustaining society. Join us to discover more about these tools and how you can put them into practice in your campaigning.
HOW TO BUILD AND CARE FOR YOUR WORMERY AND BOKASHI BIN
13th October 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
If you have plenty of regular food scraps from your kitchen and some plants to take care of, this session is for you. We will explore how our food scraps can easily be transformed in high fertility compost by using a bucket full of worms, aka a wormery. How do we build one, how do we care for it, where can we put it and what can we do with its products? We will cover all things wormery and will also compare it to how a Bokashi bin works, thinking about which one might best suit your needs.
INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS: ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
14th October 2021 - 18:00 - 19:30
Human rights abuses against environmental and political activists, defenders of territories, and peoples' collective rights are committed daily around the world. As part of Friends of the Earth International Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland works to protect human rights defenders, defenders of territories, and their communities through solidarity.
THE COLONIAL HISTORY OF CLIMATE
Online Course, £10
Explore the interconnectedness of climate, science and European Imperialism from the comfort of your home and at your own pace with The Colonial History Of Climate Online Course! The material is split up into modules broken up with interactive prompts, questions, and reflections to allow you to push the boundaries of their perception, scepticism and understanding of our oppressive history and how some of those behaviours persist in our climate crisis today.