There is no let up in the determination of Winchester Action on Climate Change to reduce Winchester’s carbon footprint and transform the district into a low carbon society.   Robert Hutchison, the Chairman of WinACC, says that ‘Climate Change is the biggest challenge facing us all.  We are in real danger of being the generation that watches its own gradual extinction on television’.   Recognising that the presence of a change agent or champion is always a necessary condition for meaningful change, Winchester Action on Climate Change is keen to recruit, train and support 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 of 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. 

Having carried out one successful course in September, WinACC’s Training Group is organising a course on Monday evenings for those interested in becoming Low Carbon Champions.   There is an introductory session on Monday 26 January which will look at what’s involved in becoming a low carbon champion. This will then be followed by four weekly sessions starting on Monday 9 February.    All the sessions will take place at The Masters’ Lodge, West Downs Campus, University of Winchester.   Each session will last two hours – from 1930-2130.    The course will include an introduction into understanding climate change, carbon footprints and the move to a low carbon society; and will provide potential champions with guidance on ways of influencing others and encouraging them to measure, monitor and reduce their carbon footprints. It aims to help those taking part to identify their own skills, aspirations and objectives, along with the skills needed to be an effective Low Carbon Champions.  No specialised knowledge is needed by those taking the course.

Robert Hutchison says that there will be considerable follow up to the course with WinACC providing a supportive framework to help participants carry out their role as Low Carbon Champions: ‘Our intention is gradually to build up a mutually supportive network of Low Carbon Champions throughout the Winchester district. There is now considerable evidence to indicate that a low carbon lifestyle can be more satisfying and enjoyable than seeking fulfilment through ever increasing consumption’. 

There is no course fee.   Further information about the course is available from the Coordinator of WinACC, Catrina Pickering, catrina.pickering@winacc.org.uk or from the WinACC office, 01962-827083. 

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, Peter Symonds College, Sparsholt College, 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 or by email at drd.hutchison@btinternet.com.