Peterborough Quakers
Peterborough Quakers

Sustainability - CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change,   COP26   and us

We are a month away from COP26Conference Of the Parties 26 meeting for the 26th time, with less than a decade (!) to reduce global emissions by half, if the temperature rise is to be kept at 1.5°. Countries of the world need to agree on coordinated and fair action on climate change, to prevent global catastrophe.

All countries need to agree significantly more ambitious targets than Paris in 2015, but the richer nations also need to live up to their pledge to help poorer countries financially in this process, as well to respond to calls for fair compensation for existing loss & damage by these poorer countries.

What can we do?    In order to make it easier for our the members of our government to act, they need to know that the population is behind them, that we want action, and that we are prepared to make changes in our lives.  So, doing something tangible ourselves and then communicating this with elected representatives can help the process.

One way we can all act is in reducing waste.  In particular, during October, in the run-up to COP26, can you make a noticeable reduction in your black-bin waste ?

The next time your black-bins are emptied make a note of how full it is. And the next 2 times see how much less full it can be.

Ideas & Tips:

  1. Check out what you can recycle in your green bin


  1. If you are about to throw something in the black bin stop & ask yourself:
  2. Can it be reused by me or someone else (friend, charity shop, freecycle…)?
  3. Can it be mended and then reused?
  4. Could it be recycled – green-bin or at the tip?
  5. Could it be composted – food caddy, brown bin or home compost?
  6. What to do with packaging :
  7. Bubble wrap & scrunched paper etc- store in a binbag & then offer on freecycle – lots of people want it
  8. Soft plastics & pouches & crisp packets etc (not taken by Council) – collect and take to Coop in Hampton, [or shortly both Sainsburys & Hampton Tesco]
  9. Try not to buy things with too much packaging or things that you don’t really need
  10. Buy second hand if possible
  11. Carry rolled up empty bags in your handbag, coat-pocket, car etc


I would love to hear of any successes with this – and am very willing to help with queries about what you can do with particular items.


Dorothy Ball     

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