Welcome to What Next?

We look forward to meeting you at one of our events soon. Use the tabs above, or click right, to explore our Projects, Workshops, Regular Activities and Other Events. We also have links to tools and data concerning the Present and Future of the Climate and Ecological Emergency, other Resources and details of how to Get Involved with What Next? Click here for a calendar of events.

Featured Activity:

The Earth is calling to us. Some of us are listening. What could our planet send us that will help us do what needs to be done to secure a future for human life on Earth?

At What Next, we have imagined messengers from the planet as ‘Earth Sprites.’ We wished for them to emerge with purpose, passion and power from the land, the sea and the sky: Everybird, Elsa, Nolene, Treebeard and Faraday all emerged.

But they need help. Can you imagine an Earth Sprite? Could you create a work of art to represent your Earth Sprite.

How to Take Part

  • Submit a photograph of your work by Earth Day 2024, Monday the 22nd of April to shirley@whatnext.earth
  • Paintings, drawings and photographs will need to be ready to hang, please.
  • We will aim to include as many pieces as we can fit into the Museum. There is some space for sculptures inside and out.
  • Deliver your selected piece to the Museum or Library by Saturday the 11th of May
  • There will be a reception in the Museum on Saturday the 18th of May at 3pm, all welcome.

Up and Coming Events & Activities:

Art Exhibition

Earth Sprites Emerging, our new art exhibition planned for Spring 2024. Find out more.

Every year we hold an exhibition of locally produced art based on a climate related theme in the Godalming Museum.

Climate Action Workshops

We have recently completed workshops for Godalming College and Broadwater School. If you are interested in a workshop please get in touch.

Explore possible scenarios for limiting global warming to between 1.5 and 2.0 DegC. This is an on-line event organised in collaboration with Climate Articulate.

Climate Club

Friday 12th April

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Theme: What Next AGM

Conversation and a shared supper at the Denningberg Centre. This is a bi-monthly event, every 2nd and 4th Friday.

Eco-Theatre Group

We enjoyed performing at the Godalming Green Gala on Saturday 12th August with our production of:

The Eco-theatre group will be designing another ‘Rubbish’ Puppet Theatre production starring: Treebeard, Nolene, Faraday and Everybird for performances in 2024.

Regular meetings from 21st October onwards. Contact us for details.

Home Energy Advice Taskforce

FREE Home Energy Surveys.

This project will be paused from the end of March until October because we need to conduct surveys in the colder weather and at night.

Planetarian Food Project

Shared Planetarian Supper

Climate Club, Friday 12th April


Come along and enjoy a shared supper and stimulating conversation with members of What Next?

Repair Cafes


Saturday 27th April

10:00am to 12:30pm, The Borough Hall, Godalming

… and then the 4th Saturday of every month.


Saturday 13th April

10:00am to 12:30pm, Baptist Church, Chiddingfold

… and then the 2nd Saturday of every month.

3:00pm to 5:00pm, Wednesday 10th April

Godalming Library

Every 2nd Wednesday, bring your buttonless tops, your toeless socks, and your holey frocks to get the tender loving care they deserve! Keep your favourite, comfy clothes going for longer with the help of our sewing machines and experts to help.

What Next Lounge

Saturday 6th April, Godalming Spring Fair

Join for a hot drink and a chat. We will also be joined by a Eco-buskers.

Find other dates for the What Next Lounge.

What Next Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, Godalming Library

2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Volunteers from What Next will be on-hand to provide advice, guidance and helpful tips in what you can do to support our local environment.

What Next for Wildlife in Waverley

A Wildlife tour of The Lammas Lands

Friday 10th May, 7:00pm

Departing from the Denningberg Centre, Bridge Street.

A spring walk to look at the amazing wildlife that live in one of the rarest habitats in the UK. The walk will show some of the wildlife species that can be found in the meadows and talk about why the meadows are so valuable for so many species. There will also be  talk about management and history of the meadows. Come and join us and enjoy some of the local wildlife.

News and Information

Recent Reports concerning the Climate and Ecological Emergency

Some of our Energy Champions conducting surveys as part the Home Energy Advice Taskforce.

Our Energy Survey Project is underway. Our first customers were Hannah and her family who live in Farncombe. Find out more about this project here.

Congratulations to friend and mentor Ben McCallan, of Zero Carbon Guildford, for winning Surrey’s Sustainability Hero 2023 at this year’s CREST Business Awards.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant by Godalming Town Council from their Carbon Reduction and Biodiversity Fund for our Library of Things which will be launched in June.

What Next AGM, April 2024.

What Next General Meeting, April 2024, details to follow.

Review our analysis of the UK Government’s Net Zero Strategy.

The Guardian’s report on ‘How climate breakdown is supercharging toll of extreme weather’ is sobering. Even more so with the possibility of stronger El Nino events.

In the WEF’s Global Risks Report, the top five risks over the next 5-10 year period are ALL related to the Climate and Ecological Emergency:

  • Climate Action Failure
  • Extreme Weather
  • Biodiversity Loss
  • Natural Resources Crises
  • Human Environmental Damage

Updated, 22nd February 2023

CONGRATULATIONS to all the Earthshot Prize Winners.

We will be following your progress with interest over the next decade.




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What Next is part of the CEC UK Network.