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Green Funerals in a Climate Emergency

9 May 2022

What has a funeral to do with the climate emergency? York Environment Forum will be discussing this on Tuesday 10th May. Guest speaker, John Cossham, will present his thoughts and lead a discussion. This talk was very well recived at the Dead Good Festival recently.

YEF is back at the usual venue of West Offices for the first time since February 2020. There are pros and cons of being in person, virtually online, or a mixture of both and we are going to assess which is most effective.

Some members of YEF are spending Tuesday 10th May at the hearing to examine the ‘soundness’ of York’s Local Plan. That, the first day of the hearing, is considering the strategic vision, outcomes and development principles – YEF has submitted responses to that section and will elaborate in person. The other aspect of our submissions is about transport, next week, again a representative will be present to provide evidence to the Inspector sitting at the hearing.

YEW22 collaborative approach.

14 April 2022

At YEW22 the Core Group wants this year’s programme to include a wider range of events than in 2020 and in 2021. As there will be less reliance on Zoom events now is the time to think creatively.And we are looking for ideas that increase fun.

Could you and your group offer something that is musical, song-writing or performing? Have you drama, poetry and creative writing that could become an event? Events can be ongoing, such as starting an  art installation at the begining of the week and completing it by the last weekend. How about a photography competition or an online art exhibition.

We are at the early stages of planning. The dates have been decided: 24th September to 2nd October. This year’s planning is going to be more collaborative so that previous event organisers and anyone else interested can be part of the team effort. This will begin by holding a meeting to share ideas about the week, themes if any, and suggestions for who else could be involved. We will meet in person unless we are prevented by covid.

Would be great to get some feedback about these innovations.

Annual General Meeting.

10 April 2022

York Environment Forum is holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 12th April, 4pm at Clements Hall. We will be looking back at the year of 2021 to 2022, confirming who fills the officer posts, and sharing refreshments. This is our first face to face meeting for two years; some members have only ever met via Zoom and we are looking foward to getting to know one another.

Contact YEF if you would like to become a member, our May meeting will be on 10th May at 4pm. We also welcome ideas for meeting topics, and offers to come and speak and lead discussions.

York’s Local Plan.

4 March 2022

March’s York Environment Forum meeting is discussing York’s Local Plan. The public hearing to decide whether or not the Plan is ‘sound’ or not is happening soon, delayed due to illness. YEF members have been active at all stages of the Plan’s development and will be contributing again at the hearing. On Tuesday 8th March we will look at the background, key milestones for YEF, and the details of our formal responses to be submitted.

Through necessity Local Plans are full of information. Comments and opinions sent in by residents are all made public. The procedure and rules can be hard to understand. However, all of these are available on the City of York Council’s website in a dedicated section.

York Environment Week this year.

21 February 2022

We are looking to expand the Core Group of people who are putting together YEW22. There have been two successful years so far, onwards and upwards. We need ideas to shape the progamme, organisational skills, and ideally somenone to take on social media and other publicity. All of the work is done by volunteers. The dates are not set yet, help decide what will be best. Interested, or looking for more information, please email us at YEF – Many thanks.

York Environment Week 2021 impact

14 January 2022

At January’s meeting of York Environment Forum the members discussed York Environment Week held last year. A comprehensive report compiled from feedback from event organisers and from the core group who put together the programme was published recently.

Here are some key facts: more than 1,000 people attended the main events; the programme included 45 main events, 11 late event entries, and 31 walks.

The focus of YEW 2021 was York acts together – tackling climate change. Event organisers reported on how their events contributed to this ambition. Paricipants committed to actions to take themselves such as joining a group or volunteering; there was increased networking among participants and among organising groups; and inceased interest in future events, activities and services.

Climate Feminism.

5 December 2021

York International Women’s Week for 2022 is calling out for events. The crucial dates are 5th to 13th March. If your group or organisation wants to showcase, celebrate, educate or entertain, submit your event to be included in the progamme. There is no charge to be included, and YIWW22 will be widely-publicised. Climate Feminism has been chosen as the theme to follow up the recent COP26. The Week will highlight action women and girls are taking to tackle climate change, and how women and girls in particular are affected by it.

November’s meeting

7 November 2021

A meeting in two sections for November. We are starting with sharing information about the impact of housing developments on the natural environment. York Environment Forum has a diverse membership with a wide range of knowledge which we want to make good use of. In October we identified several threats to the natural environment and on Tuesday we will develop this theme with a facilitated discussion.

The second section is a report about Transport in York, including the City of York Council’s transport plan, bus services, the Big Conversation and recent ideas proposed by the Civic Trust.

As usual the meeting is from 4 to 5pm. Tuesday 9th November via zoom.

Getting ready for COP26

12 October 2021

October meeting, Tuesday 12th October, 4 – 5pm. We are looking at what is happening in York about COP26. Some were mentioned in the recent York Environment Week. There is a Global Day of Action, craftivism, faith group activities, to mention a few, to enable engagement for anyone unable to trvel to Glasgow.

School Climate Action Strikes have been halted while schools were closed, how can young people have a greater voice before, during and after COP26? We will discuss this with a young person involved pre-pandemic.

Meeting in September

12 September 2021

Counting down to the start of York Environment Week 2021. On Tuesday 14th September, 4-5pm, York Environment Forum is hosting a range of event organisers to give a brief summary of their event. We will be asking the membership which events are they looking forward to taking part in. Some organisers have made short promotional videos which we will screen.

The first events are on Saturday 18th September. Some have a registration system so best not to leave it too late to decide what to do. The listings has had new entries recently, the full What’s On is here. The theme is to have local action on tackling change – using #YorkActsTogether. Posting on social media is a great way to support YEW 21.