Ethical Fashion

We had another fantastic Everyday Activism event in January, co-hosted with LCI. Following from the success of Low Carbon Christmas last year we explored Ethical Fashion with a lovely group last week.

The group shared their top tips and learnt from one another. We continued our theme of positive activism and everyone at the event created a heart to encourage two high street shops in their progress towards more ethical fashion options on the high street.

It was great to have Kirsty from Zero Waste Leeds with us, she told us about their Zero Waste Fashion work and how people can get involved.

We took the hearts into Marks and Spencer and H&M the week after the event. The managers of the stores were thrilled to receive such thoughtful gifts and there central social media accounts were in touch to thank us.

Below you can download instructions to make your own heart for ethical fashion and the information we shared on the night about making more ethical choices at every stage.

Everyday Activism is a series of monthly events where we, along with Leeds Church Institute, explore how we can make a positive change in the world. The theme changes each month but we will always bring people together to learn from one another and take a positive action for the good of the city. Our next events are:

Climate and Travel, Thurs 27th Feb, 6.30-8.30pm

Asylum Seeker rights, Thurs 26th March, 6.30-8.30pm

Mental Health, Thurs 23rd April, 6.30-8.30pm

Low Carbon Christmas

We had a fantastic evening last night at LCI discussing how we could have a lower carbon Christmas. Ed Carlisle shared some of the research around the climate crisis and lots of ideas about how we can get clued up but also stay hopeful that change can happen. He then shared his top tips for a low carbon Christmas, my personal favourites being: buy wetsuits so you can swim in the sea in the UK and don’t have to fly abroad; and make homemade jam for your neighbours so you get to know your neighbours as well.

We then made some personal pledges for our own Christmas, reflected in the labyrinth, made Christmas cards to thank people reducing the city’s climate emergency and made tree decorations to help us think about the climate over the festive period. Below are the instructions for this if you want to do it at home.

Feedback was mostly positive with the main complain being they wanted longer so they could go to all the activities. So watch this space as there will be more coming in 2020!

Update November 2019

Hello,

I (Anna) am now four months into my role as Development Officer at Leeds Methodist Mission in the city centre. A lot of my time so far has been spent meeting people to discern the areas of opportunity and spaces where we as Methodists have something unique to offer. I wanted to update you all on a few current areas of work.

We have our first event combining gentle activism and learning on Thursday 28th November 5.30-7pm at Leeds Church Institute, LS1 6DG. We will be focusing on how to have a low carbon Christmas. There will be food, opportunities to talk about the topic and take some action. I hope it will be a space to rejuvenate tired activists and engage new people in activism done in a gentler way. Please do come along with an open mind and lots of ideas. Let us know you are coming on Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/low-carbon-christmas-tickets-76747581081 or get in touch with me (contact details below).

In December we will be in Leeds Kirkgate Market on Tuesday 3rd, 10th and 17th with a stall chatting to people and doing some festive activities. This is a pilot to see if we can do more work in the market in 2020. Come down and find us in the food and events area of the market if you are in Leeds city centre on those days and follow us on Facebook: @LeedsMethodistMission and Twitter: @LMMinthecity to see how it goes.

One of our long-term goals as a mission is to develop a residential intentional community in the city centre. We are currently looking to begin a conversation about how this will look and develop. So if you or someone you know would be interested in being part of this conversation please do get in touch on 07903755995 or anna.bland@ywmethodist.org.uk.

Thanks for reading!