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Thame Repair Café

Repair Cafés are free community events where skilled volunteers help people fix their own items to save them from going to waste. The focus is on skill-sharing and an enjoyable ongoing learning process.

Knowing how to fix things is a skill quickly being lost to our modern society and with a Repair Café invaluable practical knowledge is passed on. Items are being used for longer and don’t have to be thrown away. This reduces the volume of raw materials and energy needed to make new items. It cuts CO2 emissions for example, because manufacturing new products and recycling old ones causes CO2 to be released.

Details of Thame Repair Café: https://21stcenturythame.co.uk/2023/05/05/new-repair-cafe-thame/

Thame Community Larder

Community Larders are membership schemes open to anyone (no means testing), aimed at providing an affordable way to access healthy staple food, reduce food waste and improve the wellbeing of residents in the local area. The food is all surplus from supermarkets and is within ‘use by’ or 'best before' date.

 

The Thame Larder is held in the main hall at Christchurch URC/Methodist church in the Upper High Street, every Thursday afternoon from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, including a free community café.

 

More information here: https://www.sharinglifetrust.org/community-larder

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Sustainable Development Goals

The World Evangelical Alliance has written reflections on the Sustainable Development Goals from a Christian perspective.

 

Have a read here

You can order a more detailed booklet on the same topic here

Climate Stories

Clink these links to watch short films about the effects of climate change around the world and some of the activists involved in fighting for change

 

https://www.oxfam.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-oxfam/climate-action/oxfam-and-waterear-present-climate-dispatches/

 

https://www.one.org/stories/climate-crisis-africa-documentaries-movies/

Climate Protest

Thame Green Living

Adopted unanimously by Thame Town Council in July 2020, the Green Living Plan is a ten-year plan for a cleaner, greener Thame.

 

You can make a pledge here as a great way to start thinking and acting in a Green Living way:

 

 https://www.thamegreenliving.org.uk/

Thame COP

Thame COP is a local version of the global COP climate summit.

 

At the global 'Conference Of The Parties' countries from around the world come together in a united effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss. Every year during the global summit Thame COP invites the 'parties' of Thame: businesses, schools, faith organisations and groups, to do the same.

Find out more: https://thamecop.co.uk/

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COP 28 Feedback

The UN climate summit, COP28, took place against the backdrop of the hottest year ever recorded in human history. World leaders and ministers spent a fortnight in Dubai, negotiating how the world prepares for and deals with the devastating impacts of the climate crisis.

In what has been hailed an historic agreement, the talks finally closed with a deal which – for the first time in its near thirty-year history – commits countries to transitioning away from fossil fuels.  In other good news, the UK and other states have committed to making a Loss and Damage Fund a reality and made some funding pledges. This is an important step to support people facing the devastating consequences of climate disasters. But these pledges are simply not enough and crucially there’s no new money.

As Laura Young, Tearfund Ambassador and climate scientist, sums up: 
‘The final outcome of the UN climate talks has shifted the dial, though it falls short of the landmark energy agreement that would have hailed the end of the fossil fuel era. The result is a mixed bag of transitioning away from fossil fuels whilst opening the door to dangerous distractions and weakening of past commitments. We should applaud that countries have pledged to triple renewables and double energy efficiency by 2030, but unless coal, oil and gas are phased out at the same time, we'll continue to fuel climate disaster.'

So campaigning continues to phase out climate-wrecking fossil fuels and make the biggest and richest polluters pay for climate destruction.  

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