Welcome to the SinCH Website!

Well it’s taken us a while but we have finally managed to get our site live, but here it is at last.

We want to make the site a trusted source of information about Sustainability and to showcase the positive changes going on within our community.

If you live further afield and find the content useful that’s great.

Please give us your feedback by e-mail or through our Facebook page.

This website brings together some key information about Sustainability and what it means in practical terms.

It’s been a challenge to draw together so much material as the issues are so broad, but hopefully the way we have structured the information will work for you. Please send us your thoughts.

If you have ideas or information to contribute please get in touch. Maybe there is something you’d like us to look into?

It would be great if our site helps persuade you to get involved!

A key part of the SinCH approach is to help people understand about the issues facing us and help each other work out what practically can be done. The emphasis is on making small but important changes, rather than expecting instant perfection. It’s also about bringing some positivity to the gloom and doom.

People become engaged with the issues in many different ways, everyone’s personal trigger for doing something is different. In our About page you’ll read the story of how Sally came home from holiday determined to do her bit to reduce plastic waste in the ocean. The video graphically illustrates the problem.

Often we just stumble upon something which floats our boat or family or friends introduce us to the issues. SinCH’s social activities can also be a route in – to find advice and support by meeting like-minded people. We organise a monthly coffee morning and evening social. We also run occasional Green Walks to explore our local countryside. All of these provides an opportunity for people to get together and chat.

For others it’s just being out in the natural world and observing what’s out there. Being conscious of the massive decline in biodiversity is a trigger for many who wish to help protect and enhance what we already have. We are very lucky here in the Haywoods, but there is a lot more that can be done. We can all do our bit to Help Nature Thrive.

Towpath walk

Some people start from a spiritual perspective, stressing how inseparable people are to nature but recognising that we have become too detached from the basic essence of life and what it’s for. Take a look at the thoughts of Rob, our Chair, on the Hope and Inspiration page.

Please send us your own thoughts and motivations.

At the time of writing the cost of everything is rising very quickly and Covid and geo-political tensions are causing shortages of materials and goods. At the same time incomes are falling, in real terms. This also focusses us on living more frugally so there are many tips on our Living More Sustainably page. Whilst you are there maybe check out our Green Fingers page about the benefits of Growing Your Own.

We also feel that supporting local businesses and attractions is very important so please check out our Green Directory which lists the local businesses we know about that are taking sustainability seriously. Please tell us if we are missing anyone out or if the information is out of date.

Many of the challenges facing us are very complex and often there are competing or contradictory thoughts about what’s best to do about them. In addition to signposting useful information sources we will also be writing a series blogs to dive deeper into the key issues. Hopefully this will help bring more clarity about what’s most important to you and what’s best to do.

A good case in point is what to do about your Carbon Footprint. We will be devoting a whole web page to this but there is a lot of research to do so we will bring this to you as soon as we can get our heads round it!

Suffice to say that there are many trade-offs to think about and everyone has to work out what’s most important to them, SinCH isn’t trying to tell you how to live your life, but it is at least helping you work out your priorities.

We hope you find the website useful and please get in touch!

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