Welcome to the Climate Action Lewisham (CAL) website!
We are a grassroots organisation with the stated aim of supporting initiatives in South East London (and beyond) that reduce our collective carbon footprint, and promote healthy and thriving neighbourhoods in the face of our climate and ecological crisis.
Based on the saying “Think Global, Act Local” we plan to:
- directly engage with relevant local and national organisations
- offer information about personal and political actions people can engage with
- help signpost to other to other like-minded groups
- maintain an online calendar of relevant events, and a directory of information and links
- attend events and generally help spread awareness about climate change, air quality and other environmental concerns.
We began as an informal collective of residents and activists who came together in Crofton Park in late 2018, and now include residents from all over the London Borough of Lewisham. We are currently in the process of becoming formally constituted as a community group, which will enable us to apply for funding to support our initiatives. We meet regularly, keep in touch via our email newsletter and Facebook group, and plan to launch other social media channels soon. We are not aligned with any political party, and although we support many of their aims we are not directly connected with Extinction Rebellion.
Although these are early days for the group, we were instrumental in passing Lewisham Council’s ‘Climate Emergency’ declaration. The group is growing fast, and we very much welcome anyone who shares our values to join us! Visit our ‘Contact Us‘ page to find out how to get in touch.
Why are we doing this?
“Humanity and life on Earth now face a direct existential threat”
UN Secretary-General António Guterres, 2018
It is now beyond doubt that human activity is causing catastrophic harm to life on earth – to humanity itself, and to the plants, animals and systems that both nurtured and continue to support us.
The air we breathe, the water we drink, the earth we plant in, the food we eat, and the beauty and diversity of nature that nourishes us are all under threat. We are heading towards the mass extinction of hundreds if not thousands of species of plants and animals, which will be gone forever by the year 2100.
As if that were not enough, the climate and ecological changes of the coming decades are already set to lead to incalculable human suffering: tens of millions of people are projected to lose their homes and livelihoods; extreme weather events and food and water shortages are likely to become much more frequent and deadly, and tropical diseases are projected to become more common in densely-populated temperate regions including the UK.
The window of opportunity to mitigate the worst effects of climate change is closing fast. It is the single greatest challenge of all our lifetimes to ensure that we do all we can to succeed in this challenge. This will require both individual action AND action by local and national governments. WE MUST FORCE OUR POLITICIANS TO MAKE BOLD DECISIONS NOW! We will be most effective in these actions if we, the people, are well-informed, connected, motivated and mutually-supported. It is the aim of this website and CAL in general to fulfil these roles as best we can.
There is now a bewildering (and sometimes overwhelming) amount of information ‘out there’ about the facts, what needs to be done, how it can be done and who is doing it. We hope to be a one-stop-shop for residents of Lewisham that provides them with what they need to know.
About this website
Use the menu at the top of each page to navigate around the website. In addition to links to our Events Calendar, Petitions & Consultations and Blog pages, there are sections with the following themes:
We are currently using a free WordPress plan, which includes random ads that we have no control over – so please ignore them! We are aiming to move over to an ad-free platform soon. We may also change this ‘theme’ (layout) at some point before then, if we decide this it is not easy enough for people to use. Let us know what you think.
In the meantime, here are some pointers on how to navigate your way round the contents of the website:
- The links at the top (and bottom) of each page take you to a ‘home page’ based on different subjects
- The ‘Blog’ links take you to our rolling ‘blog’ of updates
- You can Search the site using the search box at the bottom of the page