On 3 December last year Sir David Attenborough gave an arguably generation defining speech at the UN climate change summit in Katowice, Poland.
At that summit, Sir David talked of “our greatest threat in thousands of years” and warned that “time is running out”. He said that “if we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisation and the collapse of the natural world is on the horizon”.
Sir David went on to add that it is not yet too late and that everyone has a part to play and can make a real difference.
His words brought the immediacy of the challenge we all face to the fore. On a very personal note, they made us angry, sad, scared, and most importantly determined. To do what we can to help the cause, even in a small way.
That is why we decided in December 2018 to set up an online community to raise awareness of the challenges we all face and to share ideas and information on how we can all make changes in our everyday lives.
You can find our popular and fast growing Facebook page, Plastic Free Home, by simply searching or at http://www.facebook.com/plasticfreehomeuk. In the past month alone our content has reached over 1 million people, with 210,000 post engagements. But most importantly, we value and appreciate the daily interaction with followers, putting across their points of view, sharing their ideas or feeding back on successful changes they have made; many as a result of following our page.
We now have a regular column of the same name in three publications; The Wokingham Paper,Round & About Magazine and RG10 Mag, with a combined circulation of over 565,000 homes across eight UK counties.
We have featured in Country Life, the Bracknell & Wokingham News, Get Reading, In Your Area, Berkshire Live, Village Eye magazine and on BBC Radio Berkshire. And been invited to talk by businesses, local community groups, clubs and schools.
A couple of months ago, we wrote to Sir David to thank him for inspiring us, like many others, and we were both touched amazed to receive a handwritten response endorsing our efforts just a week later.
Like you, we are just normal, everyday people and a regular family, trying to make a difference.
Refuse reduce reuse repair, recycle.
Let’s do this!