Can we do it? Yes we can!
This was the main theme at ‘Love Wilmslow, Love Our Planet’, a joint venture with Churches Together in Wilmslow and Transition Wilmslow at The Wilmslow Guild on St Valentine’s Day 2015.
What do we have in common? It’s a wish to look after our planet, to keep it for future generations too, and to take steps to reduce climate change.
We started the morning session with Paul Allen, one of the authors of Zero Carbon Britain who gave an uplifting and rich presentation about how reaching zero carbon emissions was very possible:
We could rapidly reduce UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero by 2030, using only currently available technology.
We could reduce our energy demand by around 60%, with particularly large savings in heating buildings and transport.
It is possible to meet 100% of the UK’s energy demand with renewable and carbon neutral energy sources; without fossil fuels and without new nuclear.
Read more here and download the latest report.
After a bread and soup lunch Professor John Handley gave a talk entitled ‘Lindow Moss; Making Sense of the Planning Application, followed by discussion.
Meanwhile there were craft and recycling activities to learn – composting, biscuit decoration, crochet, knitting, making gift boxes from Christmas cards to name a few. A highlight was a ‘stomp’ – a musical and movement performance using scrap material, organized by Wilmslow High School students.
Participants were also alerted to many local initiatives to reduce climate change. Some are recycling tools through Work Aid, raising money for solar lights and cookers for slums in Nairobi through Kibera in Need and cutting down on food waste through Waste Watch. If we don’t do a lot to cut our energy consumption, the future for our children will be very different with climate change.
So how do we get there? Part of the way forward must be to strengthen our community. We need to encourage one another, and the town council could be a leader in this. Perhaps we could have electric cars and bikes as a greener part of the Wilmslow Motor Show!
Most of all it should be fun!
See what Low Carbon Lymm is doing. Also…..
Ashton Hayes going carbon neutral
A talk by Professor Roy Alexander
Friday 13 March 7.30pm-9.30pm
Wilmslow Guild, Bourne St, Wilmslow, SK9 5HD
Ashton Hayes, a community of about 1,000 people, is aiming to become England’s first carbon neutral community. By working together, sharing ideas and through behavioural change they have reduced carbon emissions by 23% since 2006.
RGS-IBG members free, non-members £5 donation on the door.