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Putting climate action at the heart of our community
Lewes Climate Hub at Lewes House, 32 High Street BN7 2LU
Lewes Climate Hub is an independent alliance of community groups and organisations in and around Lewes in East Sussex. Together, we’re taking local action to tackle the global climate and ecological emergency.
Our centre at Lewes House provides a welcoming place, staffed by volunteers, where anyone can learn about the climate and environmental challenges we all face – and what we can do individually and collectively to address them.
The Energy Room
Lewes Climate Hub includes a dedicated energy room. Run by local community energy company OVESCo, it can advise on energy bills and usage, renewable energy, and retrofitting homes and businesses to be warmer and more energy efficient.
See opening times at www.ovesco.co.uk
Coming up at Lewes Climate Hub this season
Get energised, balanced and inspired for the year ahead with three weeks of talks, workshops, films, exploring well-being of mind, body and spirit.
14 Feb-17 Feb: Well-being of Spirit
Including a Climate Café with the Climate Psychology Alliance, Stressbusting and Relaxation Techniques for Kids, Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction techniques for Adults, exploring Buddhism and Well-Being. Plus a screening of ‘I Am Greta’. Read more and booking
All events at Lewes Climate Hub at 32 High Street, Lewes unless otherwise indicated.
Rethink Rubbish: Saturday 2 March to Sunday 17 March
Saturday 2 March: Turning the tide on plastic
TALK 1pm-2.15pm: Strandliners
TALK 2.30pm-3.15pm: Ocean Clean-Up
Thursday 7 March: What really happens to our rubbish?
7pm-9.30pm, Upstairs at the Elephant & Castle
White Hill, Lewes
Saturday 9 March: Reuse, repurpose, remake
WORKSHOP 11.30am-12.30pm: Trainer Repair Kit
PLUS: Superlooper – discover baby clothing rental
TALK 1pm-3pm: Redesigning rubbish
Sat 9 March, 12pm-2pm: DARN IT!
Bring your holey socks, jumpers etc & learn to darn with Lewes Repair Café’s sewists
Sun 17 March: Great Big Lewes Litter Pick
Join Litter Free Lewes at 10.30am at The Gallops
Be informed, get inspired
When it comes to climate change there is a room for everyone to contribute. Learn about steps you can take, projects and campaigns to get involved in. Find like-minded people to start a project of your own.
You can also find practical advice, from switching to renewable energy to food-growing to making your home more energy efficient – Lewes Climate Hub can signpost you to advice, support, talks and workshops to help you take action in your own household, business or organisation.
We’re here for everyone
Whether you’re an individual, a family, a local business or an interest group, we are strongly committed to supporting those who haven’t typically been included in conversations on the climate and environment.
Your voice matters – so drop in, email us and share your thoughts and ideas on how we tackle this emergency together and create a community that can withstand the impacts of climate change.
What does climate change mean for Lewes?
Rising temperatures, loss of species and more extreme weather patterns have serious implication for us here in the south east of England. In Lewes, we are thoroughly aware of the effects of flooding, having lived through the local floods of 2000.
The wetlands to the south of Lewes used to be a sea inlet, and could be again as climate change leads to rising sea levels. Food production and water supplies may be threatened by changing weather and the loss of natural pollinators. The residential and other buildings in our area, many built centuries ago, are unsuited to higher temperatures. But we cannot simply wait for governments to take action: to be resilient against climate change and help reduce its worst effects, we all have to work together as a community.
What about our local councils?
One of our key aims is to promote and support (and, where necessary, challenge) the sustainability goals of our town, district and county councils. Wherever possible we aim to work closely with our councillors to help our community take real and effective action on climate change. For example, we hope to be instrumental in helping Lewes District reach its goal of generating “net zero” carbon emissions by 2030.
Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust
Lewes Swift Supporters
Lewes Urban Arboretum Project
Sussex Wildlife Trust
Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere
Woodland Trust campaigns
Common Cause Co-operative
Friday Food Market
Lewes Farmers Market
Lewes Community Allotment
Ringmer Community Orchard
Lewes Town Council allotments
Lewes House Garden Project
Compassion in World Farming
Lewes Food Banks (TTL)
Lewes District Food Partnership
Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
Landport Community Garden
Circular economy (TTL)
Divest East Sussex: campaigning for ESCC to divest their pension fund from fossil fuels
Keep It In the Ground Lewes email here
Lewes Living Wage
East Sussex Credit Union
Make My Money Matter
WellbeingWellbeing in nature – Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust
Lewes nature and wellbeing groups and activities www.wellbeingtree.org
Wellbeing gardening projects in Lewes www.commoncause.org.uk/lewes-house-garden
Climate Cafe group workshops facilitated by Guy Gladstone, Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and Eastbourne
Creative workshops, wellbeing and the environment www.movingsounds.org/eco-action-projects
Apologies for any omissions. You can send suggestions here
Videos: talks & events
Catch up with recent online talks and events by clicking the links below (YouTube, Vimeo)