The project supports local disadvantaged communities to develop and deliver their own projects to reduce carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. Projects may involve renewable energy, energy efficiency, re-use and renewal, sustainable transport, local food-growing and goods, or increasing woodlands and wetlands. We will particulary encourage projects of wider significance, such as carbon-neutral local communities.
It ran from 11:45 AM, 25 December 2009 to 1:24 PM, 3 November 2013
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1076541)
OUR AIM: To ensure that disadvantaged communities are the FIRST, not the last, to take up the Climate Challenge and benefit from a more sustainable lifestyle. THE PROBLEM: This winter will see new levels of fuel and food poverty. Over the last year, Energy bills have gone up 42%, Petrol prices have risen 23%, and the weekly Food bill has increased by 14% (ONS, 2008). Disadvantaged communities will be hit the hardest, and Hyndburn has more than its share of disadvantage, being the 40th most deprived English district out of 354 (IMD, 2007). At the same time, we are being warned about the potentially catastrophic effects of Climate Change, and told we must reduce our personal carbon emissions by 30% by 2020, and 60% by 2050 (Climate Change Bill 2007). Our non-sustainable use of fossil fuels - the main reason for the rising price of oil, energy and ultimately food - is also the main cause of the greenhouse gas emissions which are causing global warming. THE OPPORTUNITY: Fortunately, the Climate Change agenda brings opportunities as well as threats to local communities. Many of the actions people can take to mitigate the effects of global warming could actually save them money, and improve their health and quality of life in other ways. Reducing energy usage in the home cuts carbon emissions but also reduces energy bills and tackles fuel poverty. Reducing transport emissions by cycling, walking and local trading also improves peoples‚Äô physical health and mental well-being. Creating more green spaces to increase carbon sequestration also improves air quality, encourages exercise and interaction with nature, and has mental health benefits. Local, organic food growing uses less resources and also encourages healthy eating. Re-creating a culture that ‚Äòmends‚Äô and ‚Äòre-uses‚Äô instead of ‚Äòbuys‚Äô will also bring financial as well as environmental benefits. WHAT WE WANT TO DO We want disadvantaged communities to deliver their own projects to tackle climate change and develop more sustainable lifestyles. We believe that what local people do to help themselves will have the greatest effect in the long-term. In preparation for this project, we have talked with 25 small community organisations and groups of volunteers resulting in over 70 ideas for projects which will make a difference both to Climate Change and to their community. The average small community group may have plenty of vision about what they could do, but rarely has the skills and experience to realise their project idea without some targeted support. ‚ÄúEngaging Communities with Climate Change‚Äù will provide that support and enable these projects to happen, whilst ensuring local people retain ownership. We have already secured funding for a Development Manager for the Charity to take this project forward. We are now looking for ¬£35,000 per annum to fund a full-time Community Projects Officer to work hand-in-glove with local community volunteers on their projects. This will cover for salary and office costs, plus training and resources for volunteers to help develop their projects.
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