Technical innovation alone will not achieve carbon reduction targets. What role can community initiatives play in the reduction of personal energy demand? On 24 September over 50 academics, practitioners and policy-makers attended this WinACC-organised event at the Discovery Centre in Winchester. We heard the emerging results from the University of Southampton’s UK Research Council-funded Energy and Communities project, as well as community organisers’ experiences in Steyning, and WinACC’s own experiences with the Cool Communities project.
In spring next year, WinACC will be leading a groundbreaking new project called The Great Waste.
It will help prevent waste and increase the levels of recycling in the Winchester District - something dear to many peoples hearts and will make a significant impact on the areas carbon footprint. Events will be running form February to April in the city and around the whole district and we need lots of volunteers to help us.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has made a pledge to decrease the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels.
WinACC supporters took our banner and our voice to the People's Climate March in London joining 40,000 people there and up to a million world-wide on the Global Day of Action on 21 September 2014.
Climate change is already wreaking havoc in the world’s poorest countries – driving hunger, conflict and extreme weather. This year’s floods brought home to us the reality of climate change in the UK too. But the future could be so much brighter for millions of people if the next government ups its game.
WinACC Food Group (aka Incredible Edible Winchester) has been nominated for a Lloyds Bank community award of up to £3000. Please vote for us before 10 October by doing the following:
The second report from the consultants Tibbalds is on the Winchester City Council website (third attachment listed)
WinACC remains concerned about three ways in which the development is not climate-friendly:
- too many parking places;
- inadequate facilities for people using the buses;
- a public realm which isn't convivial
Here is WinACC's formal objection to the planning application.
Winchester City Council special Cabinet meeting on 22 September 2014 on the draft Local Plan, an important document which will set the framework for building and development across the District for year to come. Find out more from the Council's own website