Press release

Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) launched Greener Travel at its open meeting on Saturday 14 April. The Greener Travel project, funded by Hampshire County Council through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, encourages people at home, schools and workplaces in Winchester to cut the carbon footprint of the travel. 40 Greener Travel “parties”, Greener Travel stalls at community events and a digital Greener Travel club will explore creative ways to cut our car use and the harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are ruining our atmosphere.

Some 25 people heard about the work of WinACC’s Transport Action Group past and future from the Mike Slinn, former chair of the action group, who was setting off for Tanzania the following day as a volunteer on a water saving project. Robert Sharpe, electric vehicle consultant from Evergreen consulting, offered a test drive in a Nissan LEAF electric car that, he said, costs the equivalent of 300 miles per gallon to run.

 Greener Travel parties are small friendly discussions that explore alternatives to the car. No preaching, no long speeches, just a board game and useful facts about timetables, tickets and other practical tips.

 “WinACC is looking for people to host a Greener Travel party for their neighbours, colleagues, church, club or pub. WinACC produces all the resources and facilitation. I’d love to hear from anyone interested” said Ellie Bolton who is co-ordinating Greener Travel for WinACC – contact ellie.bolton@winacc.org.uk.

At the Greener Travel stalls, passers-by will get the chance to test what they know about the carbon footprint of different transport in a “Tin Can Alley” game to knock down cans picturing high emission travel.

The online Greener Travel Club sends monthly news and tips about travel e.g. new bus routes, an on-line travel diary to measure your travel footprint. Find out more at www.winacc.org.uk/travel, or 01962 827083

 “The way we travel affects climate change. In Winchester district, we produce more than one and a half times more carbon emissions per person from travel than the UK average. No wonder that our carbon footprint is higher, and that air quality in the city centre is so poor,” said Chris Holloway, Director of WinACC.