Our Vice-Chairman Chris Rock has organised a Facebook Group for Pembury U3A members. This group has been set up to enable members to stay in touch during the current restrictions. You can apply to join the group by clicking this link
Janet Richardson has sent me this picture demonstrating that despite the current restrictions our U3A painters are still busy producing art work. This seems an ideal time to get out the media and produce a new addition for your gallery. Talking of galleries we have picture galleries on our website and if the U3A artists would like to email me a picture of their latest creation I will gladly display it. The only restrictions are that it should have been created during the current lockdown and that you are a Pembury U3A member. My email address for entries is firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures of Australia on fire and of unprecedented flooding in England have brought home the need to take notice of:
What’s going on – locally, nationally, globally
How can we help – personally or communally?
Who can help us to help?
The U3A has a growing Environmental Awareness on line network, with some 40 groups around the country. Feware in Kent, but coincidentally a group is also forming in Paddock Wood U3A. Contact has been established and both groups are open to sharing ideas and resources.
In fact, linking up with others (networking) is key to responding to the challenges we face and this struggle should not be left to Greta Thunberg or Extinction Rebellion and certainly not to our own grandchildren.
What will it take? What can we do? Well….lets find out! It will mean research (some on-line), with a willingness for individuals to contribute and share information informally. One U3A group has identified over 80 solutions/mitigations. It is intended that the Pembury U3A Climate Crisis Awareness Group will be closely aligned to the Science and Technology group.
Does anyone have (or know of anyone who has) expertise in this area of knowledge – we are on the lookout for speakers. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council are supposed to have set up a climate change task force to investigate and make recommendations but no word has yet been forthcoming.
If you are interested in joining the Pembury U3A Climate Crisis Awareness Group and you are a U3A member please contact me John Hawker (contact details from Jane Gardner).