SAWN Sisters will be there at...
COP26 is a United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Glasgow Scotland 2021. It is a discussion among global leaders, movers, and shakers on how countries are planning to tackle climate change and greenhouse emissions. We SAWN Sisters made a commitment to be and say something too.
It is said by the experts that, the Earth’s average temperature moves up and down naturally, but it has been increasing more rapidly than it usually does over the years.
This change is impacting on the planet’s environment – which is everything natural around us; rivers, trees, plants, animals… everything!
What we do, how we live affects our planet and when we recycle we should think beyond plastics, bottles, glass, right into our digital co2 footprint, electronics waste which materials take a long time to deteriorate affecting land and water, causing diseases right into the next generation.
We as SAWN sisters know that we as humans contribute to this warming via our Wastage mentality and lifestyle. And we made the conscious decision to change, because we believe that change starts with the self; You and I, WE CAN
REuse. REcycle. REduce
Support and Action Women's Network - SAWN for Climate Change - COP26
We train, educate, and provide services that meet the specific needs of Black African women in Oldham. We believe in a Fairer, Cleaner Environment that welcomes Women to the Table of Life as Equals. And we advocate for a Care Central Government.
We Partner and Collaborate
We were presented with an opportunity to collaborate and partner with the Women’s Environmental Network – WEN and Glasgow Climate Sisters to raise our voices in support of Climate Change Advocacy to Save our Planet. We’re passionate about this.
We Care about this Planet
We care about the planet we live on. We thus hope to do what we can as a community and Individually to Protect and restore the ecosystem for future generations.
We are attending the COP26 Conference in support of the Work the Global leaders are doing to Secure global net-zero by 2050.
We Educate and Learn
Today’s society is a throwaway lifestyle and we mohers need to teach our youth to re-use, recycle, upcycle, and stop the waste that is killing our planet every breath we take. SO we hold workshops with women to share the lessons. And we take care of them like our own.
We Empower & Build a Sisterhood
We run small-scale projects for the under-represented Black Immigrant women giving them a chance to build their lives and voice their message.
We provide welfare checks for BME Women in Oldham.
Step Forward SAWN Sisters
We Build Relationships
We run an organization where we collaborate with other organisations in the voluntary sector with a similar mission to support BME women so they can live their dreams for themselves and their families.
We believe that educating a woman is Educating a Nation, so our programs are aimed at supporting Black women to Uplevel their skills base so they are more employable, we also allow some of our beneficiaries to volunteer with us. This helps with employment which gives people the inner strength to lead a better life.
In Collaboration with WEN
The Feminist Green New Deal
Women Environmental Network – SAWN Partnered with WEN on the Climate Change Project because we believe in walking in the footsteps of those who know the way. We cannot thank enough, our WEN Coordinator Roshini who patiently held workshops to enlighten the SAWN Sisters on Climate Change and what we can do individually and collectively to support our environment to carbon 1.5, thus save our planet. Follow WEN on Instagram here.
SAWN SISTERS CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECTS TO COP26
Dorothy’s Duvet was created out of up-cycled bed linen including bed sheets, pillows, bed covers for children in Uganda. Her Journey starts as a piece of bedding about to be discarded as old, unused, or unwanted by its owner…But Hang on a minute. Does she have to end up on a rubbish skip?
HOPE FOR DD
Dorothy’s Duvet project is a product of several SAWN Sister: Karen, Audrey, Rose
Rose K, Dada, Mercy
Fola, Joyce, Ruth
Jovia, Lillian, Norah,
Mary Ann, and Norma. All contributed their unused bedding to create new clothes like skirts, shorts, children’s dresses, custom made by professional seamstresses, also SAWN sisters, and being sent to Uganda to serve mothers who have very little means to cloth their children.
NEW HOME FOR DD
She has got life in her yet: Wash the Duvet, Iron the Duvet, Pack the Duvet, SAIL… All the way to Uganda. Dorothy’s Duvet starts a whole new life, in various homes, as different things to mamas and children in need. She also saves a teeny bit of the planet as she does.
Julie Syl – is a digital geek who thinks GREEN. She takes every effort to minimize her carbon footprint in her work as a digital consultant. She designed this SAWN Sisters Webpage to reduce having multiple web pages and links to visit for the various projects the SAWN Sisters have built as their journey to COP26 and carbon zero 2050. She is passionate about reducing an organization’s digital carbon footprint, read her article on how to do that here. She is also the project’s lead of Women and Digital Inclusion CIC where they support Black immigrant women to live to their fullest potential in Liverpool UK. Follow WODIN on Instagram here.
Judith Saidi – crafted custom-made one-of-a-kind hessian rugs recycling them from old duvet covers and cloths cut-offs that would have otherwise been disposed of. When disposed of carelessly they can be consumed by animals, which really hurts their guts. When we eat the meat from such animals, we could get health problems too.
Judith has made a hessian rug/throw or even blanket. Nothing goes to waste, everything is used. Dress offcuts from dressmakers are added to the rags for that touch of colour. Some of Dorothy’s Duvet offcuts were used in this project too. To the right is the process of crafting a Hessian rug.
MICRO BIO-FUEL- Uganda
Joy, Fola, and Carol produced an app that alerts people where recycling centers are.
They are also in support of a Bio-Fuel production project based in Uganda where they’re supporting women to rear pigs and turn the pig waste into biogas ⛽️ for better cooking fuel. What’s left of the waste is turned into Manure for farming as below. More Images under APTO-Biofuel below
APP FOR RECYCLING CLOTHING
Joy chose to go Digital and created a prototype – the Snatch App. This is basically an app that would encourage people of all generations to recycle clothing items. Connecting communities and retailers through a reward-based system. Users through a points-based system get rewards associated with clothing stores; vouchers to use in the participating stores. The Image Below shows a Prototype of the Snatch Clothing App
Siphiwe – From unwanted pieces of clothing, fabric pieces, wool, we can get new items from old/ unwanted pieces around our home. Let us join together to heal our planet before everything disappears before our eyes.
Yes! together we can bring a better and brighter future to human kindness. Let us leave a footprint of a lifetime to generations to come.
She also created a work of Art named: Our life. Our planet. Our being using cut-off material, wool, and grass to create a 3D graphic that she has framed. This graphic showcases how the climate and world is changing because of human actions.
Climate Change has had and is having a negative impact on the entire world. For us to make this world a better place, everyone has to be involved to bring change to this world.
Our Life and
By Siphiwe Mungoni
Passion for Recycling - Custom Made Rugs
Loice – chose to breathe life into clothes cut-offs and create custom-made, hand-crafted Rugs for use anywhere you chose.
- Start with an old duvet cover. Measure into equal strips.
- Cut them; mixture of colours.
- Join them and start a braid.
Recycling Across Continents
Fola – in addition to being an active contributor to Dorothy’s Duvet project, She also is part of the recycling app project. She also is supporting a young man in Lagos to run a recycling project.
The image below shows the process, why we do what we do, how we do it, and the end results. our process.
Poultry Manure -Kwara State
In a bid to fight against climate change, we started a project where we use poultry waste as manure, a substitute for industrially produced fertilizers, to grow our vegetables and fruits. The process involves collecting the waste from the birds and drying it in the sun, which helps cut out some industrial footprints from our vegetable production.
We collect the aggregation of the manure every two days from the pen, spread it out in the sun for 3-4days, turning it every often for faster drying. Once it’s completely dried, we bag and sew it up for use.
Thomas Bug Hotel
Mercy – Created a Luxury Bug Hotel.
The Bug Thomas Hotel project is designed to get the community (especially children) to be well informed and educated about the situation of the climate. Mercy feels that if this project inspires the community to play their part in saving the planet, we will have a cleaner, healthier living environment.
Mercy Says: We like gardening. We are also creating compost using our organic waste. Reusing our plastic bags and shopping bags is also part of our daily life.
The Process of Building the Bug Hotel. All Hands on Deck 😉
APTO - Biofuel Project
Pigs are reared for food, and their waste is used for creating Biofuel and Manure for farming. Nothing is wasted. The image above shows the volunteers pouring pig waste being into a pit to turn it into biogas
Above, the pig waste is manually spun inside the pit for a certain number of weeks to create the biofuel. And to the right, biofuel is used to cook food in Uganda, just like Gas in UK homes.
Rose's Green Home
At the Kirunda household we have taken measures to help prevent the release of carbon dioxide into the environment. This has included recycling our rubbish, making compost out of our food wastage, using less water and even limiting the amount of heating we use in our home. We use our food waste to create compost so we can grow our own vegetables. When we trim our trees, we use the bark in the garden and created a summer bench from the stomps. If possible, I urge you to do the same. It has helped us to connect by working together on it and has been fulfilling in that we are also reducing our carbon footprint. Investing in solar panels and the social energy solar battery reduced our monthly electricity bill. These small steps we have taken, you can take too!
Let’s keep our planet safe. 😊
We care about
SAWN Sisters Organic Living
We enjoy time together at the Grassroots Project Orchard where fruits and vegetables are grown organically with no chemical additives.
SAWN Sisters at COP26
A new future for our Planet starts with us.
We talk about various ways to reduce GCEs because every little helps in protecting the environment and saving our planet. For instance:
- Taking public transport, cycling or walking.
- Turning off lights and electronic gadgets you aren’t using.
- Buying fewer clothes and toys, recycle what you have or give it to others to use, shop locally to save on gas, and much more.
- Sorting out your household waste and recycling glass, metals and paper, Use the kitchen waste in your garden…etc.