After a pilot in three neighbourhoods of Winchester last year, local charity Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) is launching “Cool Communities” for the whole of Winchester district at a workshop on the morning of Saturday 5 December 2015.

A transformative programme, Cool Communities aims to help people save energy and cut their carbon footprint. Neighbours work together in small groups to reduce their carbon footprint – in other words, to cut down on the polluting greenhouse gases that lead to global warming and climate change.

WinACC’s launch takes place during the United Nations 2015 Paris Climate Conference,which aims to achieve a legally binding global agreement to cut emissions and keep global warming below 2°C.

“We all need to make changes in our lives if we are to combat climate change successfully” says the programme leader Richard Blackman, Co-Director of Winchester Action on Climate Change. “The Cool Communities programme links the global need for action with the local communities of Winchester. It enables neighbours to work together to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. It is designed to make a real difference in Winchester district and enable us to do our share.”

The programme is supported by Winchester City Council. The workshop at 10.30am on Saturday 5 December at the St Lawrence Parish Room, Colebrook Street, Winchester SO23 9LH will give a taster of what is involved. WinACC would love to hear from anyone who would be interested in taking part in the programme. It costs nothing – all people need is enthusiasm, a bit of time and an interest in making some lifestyle changes. Contact WinACC at or call the office on 01962 827083. 

Notes to Editors:

  1. Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) works to cut the carbon footprint of Winchester district.  Its members include local residents, businesses and local government, working together to create a better future.  
  2. WinACC runs regular meetings throughout the year to get the Winchester community engaged in climate change and lowering carbon emissions.
  3. For further information visit or call Richard Blackman, Co-Director, on 01962 827083 / 07553 125095 or email
  4. Winchester Action on Climate Change Ltd is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales with company registration no. 08013043. Our registered office is University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. We are also a registered charity in England and Wales with charity no 1150754.