The Communications Team has compiled a SISWP Environment Month Toolkit for Clubs, Regions and Countries to use.
So, why are we having an environment month? If we look at the world around us we recognise that we are inextricably linked to our environment and that our health , employment and well-being is as dependent on the natural world as its health is in our hands. If nature suffers so do we .
We are all aware that the vast majority of scientists now believe that we are running out of time to delay, repair and perhaps solve the many issues that are at work in our mutual environment. To this end we are issuing a call to action for each club and each member to take stock of what is around them and to plan a response to help improve the health of our world.
Week 1. The Water.
A recent UN publication The State of our Oceans 2022 revealed that little had improved and this is not good news for our federation. Many of our nations have very close links to the ocean and climate change which is helping to warm the seas is driving rises in the ocean, increased weather catastrophes and challenges to employment and even climate driven migration of populations. Plastic waste, chemical pollution, overfishing, sea mining, coastal population growth, tourism pressures and political will all impact on the ocean, What can individual clubs and members do?
Look at the possible actions that are in this toolkit, make a commitment to change in one are or advocate if your nation does not have a waste policy that will prevent pollution , ultimately, of the ocean. Use your social media to spread the message or look at YouTube videos to learn more. Check the toolkit for actions.
Week 2. The Air
The air we breathe is vital to our health and most pollution comes from man- made activity often including fossil fuels and industrial activity. one most efficient way to clean the air is through planting of trees which as they grow also have the ability to cool the atmosphere and lower temperatures in built environments. Plants can also clean air in homes. Urban design can improve city life and clean energy sources can save the building of massive power plants. Transport changes to clean energy and restricting the personal use of cars is an easy action to improve air quality and for some people this is life-saving. What could your nation, your club or you do? Check out the toolkit and federation social media posts.
Week 3. The Earth
Individuals can modify their personal life style to make changes and advocate for their local or national government to introduce measures to protect the land and the ecosystems that surround us. Animal species are becoming extinct . Do you know the state of animal life and ecosystems in your area? Do you know what you could do to protect bees which are vital to crop production? Can you help to green important areas? It is possible with political will and this comes from the people who vote. Check out some options in the toolkit or brainstorm in a club meeting for ideas, action or advocacy. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and RESTORE is the theme this week …and beyond.
Week 4. Climate Action
Clubs in our member nations are well aware of the range of climate based disasters that have occurred and of to whom or to from sustainable living to what advocacy can be directed. Our voice still needs to be heard but there is a range of individual actions that can be undertaken from greening an area to preparedness for disasters. Look at the toolkit. Brain storm in a meeting and make a “contract” about what individuals can do. We can make a difference if we act now.
Trello Board link can be found HERE.
Toolkit Link can be found HERE.
Promote your Programme Work to Increase Membership
Have you ever wondered how to use the Federation Toolkits that the Communications Team produce? Come and learn how to promote the campaigns, and your club's programme works to increase your membership.
We will go through the World Environment Toolkit and learn how to download the toolkit including the social media assets and Trello Board. We will also explore social media and share some tips and tricks for Clubs to use on Facebook to promote themselves and our programme work.
Date: Saturday 23 April 2022
Time: 2.00 pm AEST (Sydney Time)Link: To register for the webinar click HERE.