Greener Teign’s 10.10.10 Eco-fashion work party at Higher Ashton
Novice and expert, young and old responded last Sunday with enthusiasm to the invitation to adapt or customize recycled clothes and to think about alternatives to resource hungry high street fashion. On the loveliest afternoon of the autumn, Embercombe’s Centrefire Hall was packed with dressmakers, knitters and recyclers. Pupils from Teign School, Tiverton High, Kevicc, Exeter School and West Exe as well as a group of volunteers from Young Devon all took part. Help was on hand for youngsters grappling with reloading old-fashioned bobbins on hand-operated sewing machines or exploring the possibilities of appliqué. The newly fashioned creations, together with a few vintage items and four of Peet Leather’s stunning felt coats, were modelled on the catwalk to huge applause by up to twenty models ranging in age through seven decades. Bidding at the ensuing auction started slowly and rose to a peak of excitement as a necklace donated by Joanna Lumley, accompanied by a signed dedication, went under the hammer. Although the event had a serious point to make about the need to reduce emissions and the use of scarce resources it managed to be both enjoyable and to raise much needed funds for Greener Teign’s on-going climate work.
Christow resident, Dr Steve Vercoe, who brought his family to the event, said, “We hadn’t understood the impact of the fashion industry on the world’s precious resources, so it was great to witness the young people’s joy in making new clothes out of old ones and doing their bit to slow climate change”.
This was one of 7347 actions which took place on 10.10.10 in 188 countries co-ordinated by 350.org. Their focus is on the number 350—as in parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If we can't get below that, scientists say, the damage we're already seeing from global warming will continue and accelerate. But 350 is more than a number—it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet. Young people in Devon demonstrated their awareness of this last Sunday as they re-thought fashion.
Greener Teign want to contribute to an archive project currently being run by the Community
Council of Devon. To do so we will be visiting official records at the Met Office to see what we
can find relating to the Teign Valley. Depending on the level of interest and the quantity of
material submitted, we hope to be able to build a bigger project so that we can professionally,
record peoples stories, digitally collect photographs and maybe, make "talk through’ recordings
of peoples’ memories of extreme weather conditions. Then we will be able to learn from the
past so as to better plan for the future. The big freezes of the late 40s, early 60s and maybe
this year and last instantly come to mind together with the drought in the 70s. Met Office
records are fine but we want personal recollections as well. Forms to show interest will be distributed and gathered very kindly by each of the Valley Post
Offices and Shops. Further information and a downloadable form can be found on
www.greener-teign.org.uk or if you e-mail email@example.com
we will happily send you a copy direct.
On the 350 day me and my Dad went down to the community hall and helped to put up the stage and get things ready. There was some artwork made by Christow School and I had made a piece of bunting to show the ice from the Artic. In our class we have learnt about climate change and how the ice is melting in the Arctic circle. The ice has been measured by scientists and they are worried about where the polar bears are going to live. On the 350 day I heard a scientist and explorer talking about climate change and she said that all the ice in the Arctic would be melted in the summertime in only ten years when I will be sixteen. After the talk some children (from Dunsford, Hennock and Doddi schools, Ed) did a dance to spell out the number 350 and then there was some belly dancing on the stage. They were wearing beautiful costumes and it was funny when my Mum joined in. Next a poet did some funny poetry and after that I played with my friends. I enjoyed the 350 day and I think we should try hard to save the planet otherwise when I grow up, the planet will not be such a nice place to live in.
By Leo Sherbersky (age 6)
Thank you to all those who helped to make the 24th October such a success: Ann Daniels who opened the event and described the survey she undertook in the arctic measuring ice thickness; the children from the local schools who danced their socks off and produced wonderful posters/displays illustrating climate change; Catherine Rees for choreographing the dance; Kalash ATS belly dancers for a visual treat and for getting the audience involved; Jackie Juno, ‘stand-up poet’, for amusing us with her dramatic delivery and caustic humour; green energy installers for demonstrating sustainable energy equipment; Penny Clapham for providing excellent food; Dave Parsons for running the bar and serving mulled cider; Vanessa Miles for overcoming her fear of heights and ascending in a crane to take wonderful photographs (which can be seen on www.greener-teign.org.uk); all the others who put in a huge effort to organise and run a great day. This was one of over 5200 events held in 181 countries which CNN described as “the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history.”
Mary Roddick, Chair Greener Teign
COULD YOU SAVE MONEY ON FUEL OR ELECTRICITY?
Have you noticed how many motorists on the Valley road repeatedly rely on their brakes rather than slowing down before a bend? Driving experts claim we can get 60% better consumption by driving more smoothly, correctly anticipating road conditions and changing gear appropriately. Check your tyre pressure regularly, avoid over-revving and you’ll be filling your tank less often.
You’ll produce fewer emissions too.
Would you like to join a project looking at the effectiveness of “smart” electricity meters in reducing your energy bills? We loan you one of these meters and ask you to record your electricity use over a short period. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01647 252553 for more info.
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