The WEN FORUM, is a quarterly symposium featuring key note speakers discussing topics of the moment. Always inspiring, topical and sometimes controversial!. Book early to take advantage of our Early Bird ticket price. Concessions available too. All our events include refreshments, panel discussion, Q&A session and time for networking.
the next wen forum
Wednesday 18th October 6pm-9pm - The Big Stink - Harmful Chemicals in Everyday Products and What You Can Do About It! @ Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre 17-25 New Inn Yard London EC2A 3EA
Jayn Sterland, Managing Director, Weleda (UK & Ireland)
Helen Lynn, Co-founder, CoolGreen and Health Adviser, WEN
Nat van Zee, International Make Up Artist & Clean Beauty Curator @vanzeebeauty
Dr A. Michael Warhurst, Executive Director, CHEM Trust
We will be exploring the following questions:
- What do the terms natural and organic really mean?
- Why are these chemicals used in the first place?
- What are the health impacts of harmful chemicals on our bodies
- How can we protect ourselves from harmful chemicals?
- Is gender an issue?
- What is the environmental impact of these chemicals?
- What does Brexit mean to this debate?
Registration and refreshments from 6pm. The film will start promptly at 6.30pm and will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session. We will round the evening off with refreshments and networking with a chance to check out our Fruity Beauty stall and to take our Toxic Tour of everyday cosmetics.
Stink! opens with a foul smell and a pair of kids pyjamas. And a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be. But instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on an even bigger issue in America, which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe -- by design. Entertaining, enlightening, and at times almost absurd, "Stink!" takes you on a madcap journey from the retailer to the laboratory, through corporate boardrooms, down back alleys, and into the halls of Congress. Follow Whelan as he clashes with political and corporate operatives all trying to protect the darkest secrets of the chemical industry. You won't like what you smell. http://bit.ly/2sHXB2s
Past WEN Forum Events
Thursday 22nd June 6.30pm-9.30pm at Ecology Pavillion, Mile End Park, E3 5TW
We will be exploring how our diets and the choices we make can impact the planet including:
- How does our diet impact climate change?
- How do we make our decisions?- organic, fairtrade, buy local, freedom? Meat free?
- Does gender impact this debate?
- Why does it matter where our food comes from?
- How can individuals and communities make a difference?
- What can we do about packaging and waste?
- Do we need to eat meat?
- Is the future vegan? What is the best diet for health and climate?
Make sure you arrive for 6.30pm sharp and stay for drinks afterwards as we have some wonderful stalls for you to look around and food sampling:
- Community Seed Library & WEN Membership
- Cranbrook Community Gardens
- Winterton House Organic Garden
- Stepney City Farm
- Climates Network
- Vegan Faery
- Maame Ororiwaa Ghanaian Vegan & Vegetarian Food
- Deidre Woods, BBC Cook of the Year 2016 will do a cooking demo too!
WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH - WHAT'S GENDER GOT TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE?
Women's rights and climate change are inextricably linked. We will be exploring these questions and more:
- Why climate change is not gender neutral?
- Why women aren't equally involved in the solutions to tackle climate change?
- Why women are more affected by climate change?
- How can we nurture women's leadership in climate change movements?
Our panel included:
- Juliet Davenport - CEO, Good Energy
- Professor Susan Buckingham - Feminist, Geographer & Expert on Gender and Climate Change
- Tina Louise Rothery - The Nanas, UK Anti Fracking Campaign
- Ghalia Fayad, Programme Leader, Arab World Programme - Greenpeace Mediterranean & Break Free Coalition
- Pia Hollenstein - Senior Women for Climate Protection Switzerland
The WEN Forum was a Break Free Coalition (Break Free from fossil fuels) event, which this year is focusing on the impact of climate change on women and marginalised groups
To celebrate International Women's Day 2017, The WEN Forum presented: How Can Periods Save the Planet?
Our panel included experts in the world of menstruation, highlighting the diverse issues associated with menstruation worldwide. The discussion explored the health and environmental impacts of menstruation practices, and what some sustainable solutions might be to break down the taboo in various global contexts.
The Period Positive Panel included:
- Sally King – Director, Menstrual Matters
- Tara Chandra – Co-Founder, FLO (organic tampon start up)
- Kath Clements - Campaigns & Marketing Manager, Mooncup
- Joshna Raghwani – Director Corporate Social Responsibility, Binti International
- David Morrall – Trustee, Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund