The Climate Rush are continuing on their tour and are now at Stroud.
Getting ready in Aylesbury for the Fayre
Drumming up business with a procession through the market square
Climate Rushers invite people to write to their MP
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall talks to Tasmin Omond
Tasmin Omond talks to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Caroline Lucas relaxes with Climate Rushers
Washing the Climate Rush silk screen in the fountain
Last week they held a Green Fayre on Wednesday afternoon in a pedestrian area in the centre of Aylesbury, Kingsbury. It's a pleasant if rather empty area, with a few pubs and cafés as well as shops around its edges, and a water feature with a number of small fountains.
Wednesday was one of the best afternoons of the summer, warm and sunny, and although it wasn't crowded there were enough people around to make the event worthwhile. As well as the Climate Rushers themselves, there were two other attractions, with a chance to meet and listen to both Green Euro-MP Caroline Lucas and celebrity cookery writer and TV performer Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
At the start of the event, Tamsin Omond and some of the other Climate Rushers in the long white suffragette dresses and red sashes carried one of their banners (EQUITY: Emission Quotas Must Be Per Capita; The Rich Have No More Right To Pollute Than The Poor) around the nearby busy market area and nearby streets, Tamsin announcing in a surprisingly loud voice the chance to meet both the TV Cook and a Euro MP.
Whether because of this or not, throughout the afternoon quite a few people stopped to talk to Hugh and tell him how much they enjoyed his programme. Others just edged towards him, stopping a few yards away phone in hand to take a picture.
There were a few short speeches and quite a few people came over to take leaflets and stopped to talk to the Rushers about climate change and what they could do. A few children came to do some drawing, and some people wrote notes about environmental issues to be sent to the local MP.
Aylesbury Museum rose to the occasion, bringing their own stall on which people could make paper bead necklaces, and more to my taste, bringing apples and the rare Aylesbury plums from trees in their gardens to give away. Other gardeners brought produce too, and we enjoyed eating them, including some raw petit pois, with raw Jerusalem artichoke a special treat.
It really was a very pleasant afternoon, and as things began to quieten down and I sat there drinking a pint of beer from the neighbouring pub, enjoying the company and the fine weather, it was easy to begin to think that all was well with the world. But of course it isn't, but this was a reminder that the planet we have really is worth saving. And if we all take action, possibly we can.
You can follow the progress of the Climate Rush on Tour on their blog:
CLIMATE RUSH ON THE RUN
More pictures from the Green Fayre at Aylesbury on Demotix:
and shortly more still on http://mylondondiary.co.uk/2009/09/sep.htm