A future all sewn up

Climate Change in young capable hands- Sian Kennedy in action making shopping bags from recycled cloth for next Saturday’s Seymour event.

Climate Change in young capable hands- Sian Kennedy in action making shopping bags from recycled cloth for next Saturday’s Seymour event.

BEAM Mitchell Environment group will be showing shoppers how easily sustainability is done outside Coles Seymour on Saturday 20th September, 9am-1pm.

As a part of the AVAAZ Global People’s Climate March and GetUp Global Day of Climate Action, BEAM members will be sewing industriously to make handmade shopping bags made from scrap material on sewing machines powered by solar energy – to show shoppers that they can take control and make a difference to their climate future, simply through their shopping choices. And better yet – the bags will be given out to shoppers FREE!

BEAM will also be encouraging people to speak out and take personal action on climate, protecting the environment and ensuring the long term sustainability of our community.

On September 21st, world leaders will meet for the UN’s Emergency Climate Change Summit in New York. Chances are, Tony Abbott won’t bother to attend this emergency meeting of world leaders. That’s why we need to occupy his seat at the table.

‘We have to make our voices heard,’ said Peter Lockyer, President of BEAM ‘Coming up to a State election, we need to ensure that our local representatives know how important environmental and climate action is to the community. But each of us can make changes in our daily lives that have direct impact – it is not only in the hands of the politicians.’

‘We have the solutions at hand and each of us can make our own contribution – however big or small. The simple choice of your shopping bag is a small, simple, but powerful and demonstrative action. By choosing a locally produced shopping bag, you reduce your use of disposable plastic and dependence on fossil fuels. By purchasing locally produced food products, you reduce carbon miles and put local jobs back on the local agenda. Support your local farmers, support your local environment and community – together we can make a real difference.’

Credit: Liza Jane Sews

Look at what you can turn some scrap material into. Credit: Liza Jane Sews

To be a part of the day and get a hold of your FREE handmade shopping bag, come join us at Coles Seymour – or if you would like to be involved with BEAM Mitchell Environment group or get more information of how you can take your personal commitment on climate change and sustainability further, contact BEAM (Linda 0418482556.

To be a part of the day and get a hold of your FREE handmade shopping bag, come join us at Coles Seymour. For instructions on how to make a bag like this one, click here.

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