Through our series of free workshops, Climate Connections reached out to community groups and individuals, creating a space where people could have their own say on climate change and find practical ways to take action.
Designed for everyone to get involved, swap information and build ideas, the workshops were an accessible way for people to understand how climate change impacts people in poverty and how individuals can make a difference.
These workshops allowed Climate Connections to listen to your story, support you in making informed decisions andactions, and help you connect with other people or organisations to achieve your goals.
Our series of photo exhibitions told stories of people from Brighton and Hove and across the world whose lives had been affected by climate change and who were doing something about it.
Duncan Blinkhorn from Brighton, creating change on his doorstep by setting up community gardens, bike trains and environmental initiatives.
Leyla Kayere from Malawi, adapting to increasingly unpredictable rainfall on her farmland by setting up an irrigation scheme with her community.
Climate Connections was able to share these stories with thousands of people, by displaying a stunning photoexhibition in various places throughout the city of Brighton and Hove.
From the seafront to Jubilee Library, members of the public learned about inspirational individuals, our changing world and how they could play their part.
People with their own stories were invited to share them in the ever-increasing online display of people taking action.
This created a whole host of inspiring and imaginative ways in which people could adapt their lives in response to the changing climate.
News stories and events surrounding climate change and the interconnectedness of our lives were shared and publicised through social media.
A forum where people could chat about their thoughts on climate change was set up, and interesting articles and learning resources were posted on to the site.
A community, both online and off, pushing for change and inspiring action through sharing experiences was begun.
The project increased awareness and understanding of the fact that the world's climate is changing, that human activity is contributing to this, and that climate change aggravates global poverty.
It reminded and motivated participants to take actions to reduce their carbon emissions.
For example, as a result of participating in a workshop, people are recycling more, leaving electrical items on standby less, being more careful to conserve resources such as water, and using local resources such as farmers’ markets. They also learned about the causes of global poverty and were buying more Fair Trade goods as a result.