Local charity Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) is giving residents of Winchester District another opportunity to get to know its “Cool Communities” programme at its open workshop at 10.30am on Saturday 6 August at the St Lawrence Parish Room, Colebrook Street, Winchester SO23 9LH. 

Cool Communities helps people save energy and cut their carbon footprint. Neighbours, friends and colleagues 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.

The United Nations Paris Climate Conference produced a global agreement to cut emissions to try and keep global warming below 2°C. Implementing the agreement is now a matter of urgency. June 2016 was the 14th consecutive month of record-breaking heat. June 2016 was almost 1 degree C hotter than the average for the 20th century, and the hottest June in the record which goes back to 1880. The 14-month string of record-breaking monthly temperatures began in April 2015, and is the longest in the 137-year record.

“We all need to make changes in our lives to keep climate change under 2 degrees” 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 development of the programme has been supported by Winchester City Council. 

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 richard.blackman@winacc.org.uk or call the office on 01962 827083.