For the second year I attended the virtual Ethical Consumer Conference 2021.
This years theme was closing the climate gap.
Here is my summary of some of the sessions I attended.
I have decided to include the sessions that were relevant to me and had the most impact and were informative, engaging and fun.
The conference began Saturday 16th October and concluded Friday 22nd October 2021.
Hashtag for the week was #ECweek2021.
The session was recorded.
This was the second session of the week I attended.
Addressing the Climate Gap in Our Homes was presented by Charlie Baker of Red Coop and Nadia Smith of South East London Community Energy.
Both Charlie and Nadia were passionate about incredibly knowledgeable about their work.
I enjoyed the session and learnt about what little changes I can make as a home owner to reduce my energy consumption, valuable information about building retrofits and how to finance a retrofit as a homeowner or landlord.
WHAT I LEARNT: The purpose of the session was to inform participants about building retrofits, reducing energy, services, ventilation, energy storage, heat pumps, cost of pumps and how to finance a retrofit as a homeowner or landlord.
ACTION: What actions I will take?
I will definitely take more time to visit the Red Coop website and local community energy groups in Manchester.
LINKS: I will also try to learn more about RED COOP and South East London Community Energy.
I'm not sure if the Derwent Valley Car Club recorded this session.
My knowledge of Electric Vehicles was non existent.
The hosts Derwent Valley Car club were friendly and incredibly knowledgeable.
Each and everyone member of the team had a passion to reduce consumption of petrol and diesel cars and increase the use of electric cars by establishing car clubs run and owned by members.
The café held sewing workshops, workshops for refugees and asylum seekers, organic dye workshops, supported the seed library at Lancaster Library and held events in support of Fashion Revolution.
WHAT I LEARNT: The benefits of electric cars are, cost effectiveness, reduced harmful gases, cheaper to maintain, reduced noise pollution, energy independent.
It was inspiring to learn about the Derwent Valley Car Club and the positive economic, social, environmental factors.
ACTION: I hope to contact to learn more about car club and will visit the Derwent Valley Facebook page.
LINKS: Here is the link to the Derwent Valley Car Club
I don't know if this session was recorded by the Ethical Consumer team.
This was a educational and informative session.
WHAT I LEARNT: Pacari means 'Nature.'
I was amazed to learn how the Pacari team work intimately with all the 4000 farmers and cooperatives in Equador especially those indigenous groups who still use traditional farming methods.
Ethical Consumer magazine UK have accredited Pacari Chocolates as the most ethical chocolate company in the UK.
ACTION: I have been meaning to purchase more Pacari chocolate and will order a gift box soon.
When I'm feeling better and the pandemic is under control I hope to actively participate and learn how to visit farmers as part of eco tourism in Ecuador.
Participants weren't told if the session was recorded.
This was a educational and informative session.
WHAT I LEARNT: It was disheartening to learn from Mr Khalid Mahmood, Director of the Labour Education Foundation that garment workers earn a mere 119 dollars per month in Pakistan.
Sadly, garment workers in Pakistan live in poverty and never receive any profits from multi national brands. Their working conditions are very poor, and they are prohibited from joining trade unions.
Mr Mahmood said he does not receive any support from the Pakistani Diaspora and would like to see more individuals talking to their politicians to establish conversations about fast fashion, slow fashion, garment worker rights and fair wages/conditions.
ACTION: I hope to email Mr Khalid and ask him to think about joining the World Fair Trade Organization.
When I'm feeling better I would love to visit him and the Labour Education Foundation, Pakistan
LINK: Article: Garment Workers Cannot Foot The Bill For The Pandemic
Credit and Source: Ethical Consumer UK
This session was recorded and was hosted Georgina of Pebble Magazine, Rae Ritchie Economist and author Jen Gale.
The ladies talked for two hours and discussed the following issues.
Insulating your home, reducing energy consumption, carbon footprint, switching energy supplier is not viable right now, bank policies regarding fossil fuels investments, A Library of Things, A Repair Cafe.
Getting rid of single use plastic, food waste and insulating the home for winter.
Litter, recycling, plastic pollution. Taking pride in where you live.
Insulate yourself, cardigans and jumpers.
Heat pumps will not work if your home is not well insulated.
I have to agree with a participant called Tina who wrote.
'I'd say, a lot of the things we buy are manufactured in China, so really China's emissions are partly ours!'
Eco anxiety, eco rage, guilt, frustration, recognise and acknowledge them.
WHAT I LEARNT: I thought I was the only one who struggled with climate anxiety.
Jen Gale struggles with it too!
ADVICE: Throw your wait around an issue you feel passionate about.
ACTION: I hope to read the chat and visit all the websites other participants posted during the session.
I have participated in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label for the past 9 years.
I have also participated in Plastic Free July and Zero Waste Week for the past three years and hope to encourage more family and friends to rethink their carbon footprint.
LINKS: Bank Green
Credit and Source: Ethex
This was an informative session hosted by Lisa Ashford, CEO of ethical investing platform Ethex, with Rose Marley, CEO of Co-ops UK.
WHAT I LEARNT: I learnt about different community projects taking grassroots action against climate change.
In particular it was very interesting to learn about the Bridport Co Housing project near Bournemouth. I'd never heard about the UK's biggest co housing project designed for local people. It is 53 sustainable affordable eco homes to buy and rent.
ACTION: Read more about retrofitting homes and Ethex.
Write to Ethex and ask if any faith groups are involved in his work.
This session was not recorded
WHAT I LEARNT: This was one of the most interactive and last sessions of the week I attended.
Climate anxiety is real but having conversations about the planet and how we are the change can help and motivate us to make better choices.
It was a small group of 6 participants and we were asked to work in pairs listen and hear each others thoughts/opinions.
Caroline Pakel was friendly, a great listener and presented the session in a structured format.
ACTION: Tomorrow I will eat healthy foods.
Next week I will apply for the Sky Blue Programme 2021
Next month I will attend the Asian Bridal Show 2021 and research what brands are supporting the circular economy.
I also hope I can complete my very own wheel of change.
LINK: Caroline Pakel
Many thanks to all the guest speakers and the Ethical Consumer team.
I look forward to Ethical Consumer Week 2022.
This year the Fairtrade Foundation organised several webinars about Fairtrade Farmers and the Climate Crisis before and during Fairtrade Fortnight 2023.
I have translated this vlog in Urdu.
اس سال فیئر ٹریڈ فاؤنڈیشن نے فیئر ٹریڈ فورٹ نائٹ 2023 سے پہلے اور اس کے دوران فیئر ٹریڈ فارمرز اور موسمیاتی بحران کے بارے میں کئی ویبنارز کا اہتمام کیا۔
میں نے اس بلاگ کا اردو میں ترجمہ کیا ہے۔
This year's International Women's Day campaign was about embracing equity.
Sadly my right shoulder has been very painful and didn't receive the World Fair Trade Organization tool kit in time and designed my own IWD23 poster.
I decided to write my poster in English and Urdu.
I hope I can record a video for next year.
اس سال خواتین کے عالمی دن کی مہم مساوات کو اپنانے کے بارے میں تھی۔
افسوس کی بات ہے کہ میرا دایاں کندھا بہت تکلیف دہ رہا ہے اور مجھے ورلڈ فیئر ٹریڈ آرگنائزیشن ٹول کٹ بروقت نہیں ملی اور میں نے اپنا IWD23 پوسٹر ڈیزائن کیا۔
میں نے اپنا پوسٹر انگریزی اور اردو میں لکھنے کا فیصلہ کیا۔
مجھے امید ہے کہ میں اگلے سال کے لیے ایک ویڈیو ریکارڈ کر سکوں گا۔
This month I continued to heal from my shoulder procedure (January 2022) and am learning to live with pain in my right shoulder.
I participated in several webinars the first being the World Cancer Day 2023.
The second webinar was organised the World Pulse Changemaker Lab 2022 Program.
I participated in Fairtrade Fortnight 2023 which commenced February 27th - 12th March.
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