Braunston WI was represented at The Time is Now Mass Lobby of parliament in June as part of the WI's campaign of raising awareness about Climate Change issues and other resolutions linked to the environment.
The End Plastic Soup campaign where WI members are supporting the need to stop the release of microfibre plastics into water course.
Time is Now Mass Lobby of Westminster
When walking across Lambeth Bridge near the Houses of Parliament and someone shouts, “Oh good it’s the WI”, then you know you are a member of a great organisation.
What was the event and why Lambeth Bridge?
Members of NCFWI travelled down to London on 26th June to take part in the Time is Now Mass Lobby of parliament as part of the Climate Change Speak Up Week of Action. The lobby line’s UK regions were stretched across Lambeth Bridge and both sides of the River Thames to Westminster Bridge. The NCFWI group, represented two MP constituencies from the East Midlands, were heading to the south bank and our lobby location.
There was a friendly and supportive atmosphere with an interesting mix of lobby groups; The Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust, National Trust, RSPB, WWF, and many others. We joined the 200+ WI members from across the country and had our photograph taken alongside the 5 metre Climate Change knitted scarf before heading off to our lobby area joining the 12 000 strong crowd. We chatted to people from across the county; Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Towcester, Wellingborough and places in between. All in London to meet with their MPs. If you were there representing your constituency we would love to hear from you.
With some WI perseverance, when our MP’s office suggested we go to meet him rather than he join us on the lobby line, the constituency group, including Braunston and Stowe Nine Churches WI members, met with Chris Heaton Harris MP outside the Houses of Parliament. He engaged with our questions about climate change and plastic pollution issues for over 30 minutes. Chris is going to follow up with action relating to plastic waste and we are going to check out the links on his website about reducing nappy waste and improving public transport options.
The other MP the Northamptonshire South members were expecting to meet, Andrea Leadsom MP, did not attend.
The event was very well organised and the staff at National had kept us well informed in the lead up to the day so we all returned home feeling that it had been a very worthwhile day.
If you would like to hear more about NCFWI events linked to the environment then contact Kate Mawer, a Braunston WI member and a Northamptonshire Federation Climate Ambassador.