On Saturday 31st August 2019 17-year old Cumbrian resident Amy Bray, founder of environment charity Another Way, led a 600+ strong group of ambassadors and supporters on a series of walks to show their commitment to living a more sustainable life in the face of dramatic environmental impact. The event, Another Waynwright Day, was held to mark the launch of her educational environment charity Another Way.
In recognition of Amy’s work on the launch of Another Way and Another Waynwright Day, on August 30th the UN’s Youth Envoy, Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, spotlighted Amy for day 30 of its #31DaysofYOUth campaign which identifies young people from around the world who are leading the effort to raise climate action awareness.
Another Waynwright Day involved Ambassadors ‘owning’ a fell for the day and staging various events. Despite the extreme weather conditions, spread across 121 fells, 600+ people showed their commitment to living more sustainable lives sharing and swapping ideas. Just some of the over 70 activities held on the fells included talks on animal conservation on Maiden Moor, eco bricks on Cat Bells, conservation grazing on Gowbarrow. There were card games on Causey Pike, pilates on High Pike, drawing and painting on Nab Scar, a choir on Haystacks, and a brass band on Latrigg and 50 parents and children from Windermere School on Orrest Head. Activities were also held at ground level for those unable to join the fell top events including a pop-up café at Watermillock Village Hall and a Duddon Valley Secret Garden with home-made food and drink and sustainability discussions.
Speaking at a gathering after the event Amy Bray, founder, Another Way commented: “I am overwhelmed by the response and support at this crucial time for the earth. It is clear people have deep concern for the way we continue to abuse the home we live in and are committed to changing their lifestyles to contribute to a future for respectful human habitation of the earth. I give a heartfelt thank you to those who joined us on the fells and to those who were unable to but showed their support in other ways.
In addition to the activities on the fells Ambassadors also gathered signed pledges from participants which were written on bandanas made from old sheets hand printed with the Another Way logo. These bandanas will be turned into a creative display for future exhibitions and campaigning.
Amy continued: “Humanity can never live in harmony with our planet if individuals are not willing to change. That is why I decided to found Another Way so that I could inspire individuals to be empowered to change their habits. This event has demonstrated the willingness and desire of organisations and individuals to work together to address the environmental issues facing us. We will strive to preserve and build on this unity so we are able to spread accurate and consistent educational messages and to generate new ways to enable behavioural change.”
Organisations, and individuals from the following organisations, supporting Another Waynwright Day included:
Absolute Physiotherapy; Alpacaly Ever After; Wainwrights on the Air; Ambleside Action for a Future; Andy Beck Images; Bea Ray Gardens; BlueJam Arts; BMC; Brathay Trust; Bumblebee Conservation Trust; Caldew School; CDEC; Cumbria Action for Sustainability; Cumbria Tourism; Cumbria Wildlife Trust; Dalefoot Composts; Eden Tourism; Eden Youth Dance Company; Feather and Wild; Field Studies Council; Friends of the Lake District; Freedom Wizard; Green Ulverston; Icicle Climb; John Muir Trust; Keswick Tourism; Lake District Estates; Lake District National Park Authority; LIH Trust; Lowther Castle; Mountain Pilgrims; Mouthful way; PACT; Patterdale Mountain Rescue; Penrith Pilates; Rotary; RSPB Haweswater; Scouts; South Lakes Action for Climate Change; Somewhere Nowhere; Sustainable Brampton; Sustainable Carlisle; Suzanna Swims; The Outdoor Guide; The Tree Council; The Quiet Site; UKSCN Cumbria; Ullswater Way; Wainwright Society; Wild Wool Workshop, Windermere School; Wonderful Wild Women.
In support of the event Amy secured a Tree Futures Grant from The Tree Council and will be planting 1700 trees in the Matterdale in late November as part of The Tree Council’s National Tree Week. A selection of the 20 schools and scout groups that Amy has given educational sessions and talks to in the last year will be invited to plant these trees and to learn more from specialists about the benefits they will bring.