It’s been great to hear of a number of local initiatives starting to happen in different parts of the country, from sewing groups to discussions to displays.
In Wimbledon (South West London) a series of events will be taking place at the public library in February and March (see LEP Wimbledon Jan 2020) and we hope that these will prompt others to join in. We may be able to hold a local exhibition later in the year.
Details of other events will be posted as we hear more news, and can also be posted on our Facebook page @LovingEarthProject.
Do let us know what you’re planning in your area.
This article shows how carbon emissions in many parts of the world are growing and the scale of change needed. https://www.nature.com/immersive/d41586-019-02711-4/index.html
Of course those in the wealthy West have by far the highest per capita carbon footprint, and much of that actually shows up in less-developed countries where the heavy industry is now concentrante; many of these goods (steel, cars etc) will be imported to richer countries like Britain.
To calculate your Carbon Footprint see how it compares with others, and for suggestions as to how to reduce it go to https://www.carbonindependent.org
Two rather different workshops have just been organised for November and January. See the events page. All welcome.
The responses to the Loving Earth Project have been so positive that we would like to extend it more widely. It has great potential to help people to engage with the urgent issues of climate breakdown in creative ways, empowered by love.
We are now seeking to put together a small core of volunteers to help develop a range of workshop materials and facilitate workshops, as well as to keep the necessary communications and (minimal) admin going. More details are given here: LEP-callout
We hope to arrange a get together early in 2020 to build the team.
Do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help with this, and let others know if you think they might be interested. It can only grow if people help!
Now that the Swarthmoor Hall exhibition has finished, the beautiful panels and the accompanying texts (on our Gallery Page) are available for display . Please contact us at email@example.com if you’d like to borrow them, saying when you would want them and where they will be shown. We will have to ask you to pay for postage unless you can collection them from a London address. They can easily be sent in the post and they are simple to hang.
Already they have been displayed at Wandsworth Quaker Meeting House for London Open House in September, and further small displays are planned at conferences in Birmingham and London.
If you would like to send in your panels to join the collection and to show on our website, please send them to Loving Earth Project c/o FWCC, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2AX, UK. If you want to keep them for your own displays, you are welcome to send high quality photo and the text for our website.
A selection of Loving Earth Project panels will be on show at Wandsworth Quaker Meeting House when it’s open as part of London Open House on Saturday 21 September. Come and have a look. It’s all free
See https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/1422 for details .
More panels have been coming in to
Swarthmoor Hall and are being added to the display as they arrive . They are hanging in the entrante to the Old Hall and a folder with the accompanying text is in the Friendship Room there.
Some have arrived by post out of the blue; this tree panel was started at our workshop at Swarthmoor Meeting House in July and has now been completed .
You can see them all on our Gallery page.
The first few Loving Earth Project panels is currently on public display as part of the Seeking Routes art exhibition at Swarthmoor Hall, near Ulverston in England’s Lake District. The exhibition continues until early September.
The exhibition shows a variety of works by Quaker artists on the broad theme of Quaker experience and action on the environment.
At a workshop 20th July, work started on some further panels, the first of which have been completed and have joined the display. Others will be added as they are sent in.
The first workshop for the Loving Earth Project was with a small group of Quakers aged from 4 to their late 60s. In a 40-minute session, we thought about something we love that is in danger from environmental break-down, and how we might influence the threat to it through our own actions.
Here are some of the fabulous designs we sketched on paper. We, also had some interesting discussions about how our own actions connected with what is happening to the environment, and how it affects these creatures and places.
Some of the designs are being made into textile panels.