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Shoreham’s Climate Change Summit will tackle issues head on

Ropetackle, Shoreham Wordfest and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) will be jointly hosting a climate emergency summit and young people’s event on the weekend of 5th and 6th October at Shoreham’s popular arts centre.

High-profile environmentalists, scientists, Shoreham and East Worthing MP Tim Loughton and representatives from Shoreham Port and local sustainability groups will gather with the aim of providing clear evidence about the threats faced from climate change, pollution and environmental destruction, and to find solutions to these threats.

Rosalind Turner, Chairman of Shoreham Wordfest said: “Our theme this year is “Shaping the Future” and we agreed to hold a whole day’s summit on Saturday 5 October, from 10am to 4pm to present the issues and discuss how we can work together to tackle the climate emergency. We were very pleased to be awarded a grant from Rampion Community Fund to support the Climate Emergency events.”

At the start of the summit, which will be held in Ropetackle’s 200-seater auditorium, environmentalist and broadcaster Peter Owen-Jones will issue a passionate call to action. “Living on the South Downs, and travelling the country and internationally, I see the destruction of our beautiful environment on a daily basis,” he says. “We need to be aware that our planet is being threatened with an existential emergency that we cannot continue to ignore.”

Shoreham Wordfest and Ropetackle are also giving young people a voice during the weekend with an afternoon event supported by the Eco, Young and Engaged (EYE) Project.

“Young people have led the way internationally, inspired by Swedish schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg, who started the global school strike for climate movement,” Rosalind said: “We are working with young people from local schools who have been involved in the Brighton school strikes. They want to hear more information from climate scientists and hear about positive action taking place locally. The EYE project is already working with West Sussex schools on sustainability awareness. The “Our Future, Our Climate” is a free event, open to 13-18-year-olds only, and will take place on Sunday 6th October between 2-5pm.”

The message is a hopeful, proactive one.

“People have concerns but don’t always know how best to take action,” Rosalind says. “Individuals can make a difference, and there is no doubt that we are all going to make changes to our everyday behaviour, but it is always more effective to work collectively within communities and as a nation. Both the summit and the young people’s event will provide information, evidence and ideas of what we can do individually and collectively.  This is a global challenge and we cannot solve this, but we can make a difference and be clear what else is needed.”

Tickets for the Climate Change Summit on Saturday 5th October cost £20 and are available from www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk Box Office: 01273 464440 or www.shorehamwordfest.com.

Tickets for Our Future, Our Climate Young People’s Conference are free. Please contact EYE@worthinghigh.net for more details.