Press release

Recognising that the presence of a change agent or champion is always a necessary condition for meaningful change, Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) is seeking to recruit a group of Low Carbon Champions.   A low carbon champion is someone who wants to help achieve WinACC’s aim of reducing Winchester’s carbon footprint and moving to a low carbon Winchester by engaging others in their neighbourhood, workplace, school, or community on the subject of climate change and helping them to take effective action. 

WinACC’s Training Group is organizing two introductory sessions for all those interested in exploring what might be involved in becoming a Low Carbon Champion.  The first session with be held at the City Mill, Bridge Street, Winchester from 1930-2100 on Thursday 1 May (tea and coffee will be served from 1915).  
The second session will be held at the Friends Meeting House, 16 Colebrook Street from 1100-1230 on Saturday 10 May (tea and coffee will be served from 1030). 

There is no need to be an expert on climate change.  Low carbon champions will have the opportunity to do some training to ensure that they have the basic skills they need.  The key qualifications are to have an understanding and feeling for the benefits and importance of low carbon living, and a commitment to making a difference.  

Robert Hutchison, Chairman of WinACC, says that ‘One of the key aims of WinACC is to make the move to a low carbon society as enjoyable as possible.  There is now considerable evidence to indicate that a low carbon lifestyle is more satisfying and enjoyable than seeking fulfilment through ever increasing consumption’.

The two introductory sessions will be similar in format and content. The main objective is to explore and discuss the role of Low Carbon Champions and the kinds of training and support that would be particularly helpful to enable people to be as effective as possible in that role.  All will be welcome at these informal introductory sessions, including people with no previous connection with WinACC.  Please e-mail to reserve a place.   Further information from Robert Hutchison, 01962-870082.

Notes for Editors
1. The principal aim of Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) is to encourage, persuade and advise all households and public, private and voluntary organisations in Winchester district to reduce their carbon footprints.   In pursuing the above aim Winchester Action on Climate Change will:
•    Promote the many benefits of low carbon living;
•    Work with and through existing networks and partnerships to set the highest possible standards in communicating about climate change; in particular it will work with the City and County Councils and the Winchester District Strategic Partnership to help achieve their climate change objectives;
•    Act as a focal point for information about climate change and advice on measuring, monitoring and reducing carbon footprints;
•    Initiate and support action groups trying to achieve these aims
•    Make the achievement of all the aims as satisfying and enjoyable as possible.
2.  The following organisations are represented on the Steering Group of Winchester Action on Climate Change:  Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council, University of Winchester, A2 Housing Association, architecture plb, Churches Together in Winchester, City of Winchester Trust, Denplan, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Sustainable Business Partnership,  Hampshire Constabulary, Sparsholt College, Winchester and Eastleigh NHS Hospital Trust, Winchester Area Community Action, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester College, Winchester Friends of the Earth.
3. Robert Hutchison can be contacted on 01962-870082 or 07734-088728