Dear Transitioners and ACE Monmouth Supporters

We await COP26 with hopeful anticipation – hopeful that world leaders will commit to meaningful action on the climate emergency.  Greta Thunberg, together with Vanessa Nakate from Uganda and Dominika Lasota from Poland, will be there with the message:-

Humanity is failing to stop the climate crisis.  It’s now beyond urgent – the planet is screaming for help.  Right now world leaders are meeting for historic climate talks – but pledges without real action won’t cut it anymore.  We need bold, visionary leaders to finally do what’s needed to pull us back from the abyss.

We can’t be in Glasgow with them, but to mark the occasion, increase awareness, and hopefully empower more of us to act, we have two local events next weekend.

There will be a Procession and Vigil in Abergavenny on Saturday 6 November, starting at 11am from St John’s Square.  It will move around the town and engage with the public, returning to St John’s Square for a ceremony and vigil at 12.30.  It will be a colourful event.  Please go and participate, and wear brightly coloured clothes.  A banner with a positive message is encouraged – but not compulsory!

Then on Sunday 7 November we will be holding a colourful and engaging event in Monmouth from 11am to 1pm on the green beside the Cattle Market car park.  The aim is to engage with the public on actions that they can do both at home and by joining in with the wide range of activities available in Monmouth to mitigate climate change.  Transition Monmouth will have a display as will ACE Monmouth and Friends of the Lower Wye.  Music will be provided by Frieda After Kahlo, we will have the Earthrite globe with an activity at around mid-day.  We would like this too to be a colourful event so please come, dressed from head to foot in brightly coloured clothes, maybe bring a banner with a positive message.  We will have leaflets to hand out if you would like to engage with passers-by.  Please come and support – there is nothing like the power of community to change the world!

After COP26 we will have a Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 23 November at 7.30pm.  There will undoubtedly be much to discuss!

We look forward to seeing you at one, or all three, of these events.

Vivien Mitchell