TOGETHER WE HAVE THE POWER!
This is an invitation to a hosted workshop and lunch with Sustainable Brampton. Our aim is to help members of the community identify different ways to reduce their personal carbon footprint over the coming years. The government is committed to reaching net zero by 2050 but many climate experts believe that will be much too late. This short video clip from Climate Outreach provides the context https://youtu.be/S45266oIm58
People can easily feel overwhelmed by the multiple threats posed by climate change. However, the good news is that just changing behaviour could collectively reduce global net carbon emissions more than any other single measure. This workshop will provide an opportunity, particularly for newer members of the Brampton community to consider how we can each ‘do our bit’. By working together we have the power to change!
You will be aware that there is plenty happening both nationally and locally in the run-up to the next world Climate Change Conference (https://ukcop26.org/ ) in Glasgow in November. The latest 2021 IPCC report on climate change makes sobering reading and provides the latest context for global action. (https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/).
As individuals we have to trust that national decision makers really will deliver the historic promises they have made to reduce carbon emissions. However, by acting collectively we can hold their feet to the fire by supporting sustainability campaigns, reminding them that in a democracy their power depends on voters. Every voice therefore counts and I do encourage you to participate in such campaigns whenever you can. We will continue to suggest campaigns for you to support that we believe will make a difference.
Nearer to home you may not be aware of the £2.5m 5 year Zero Carbon Cumbria (ZCC) project (https://cafs.org.uk/our-projects/zero-carbon-cumbria-programme/) coordinated by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (https://cafs.org.uk/ ) in which over local 70 partnership organisations are working together to achieve net zero in the County by 2037. The CAfS website https://cafs.org.uk/for-communities/ provides a rich resource for anyone who is unsure where to start. You can hear more about how ZCC is acting for you at the workshop.
Sustainable Brampton is also a member of the Cumbria Sustainability Network (CSN) which comprises the sustainability and environmental community groups which are collectively supporting ZCC. The CSN is administered through CAfS and the workshop will also include a short briefing about the aims and objectives of CSN over the next 5 years.
This free event will run from 11am to about 3pm in the Brampton Community Centre on Sunday 26th September as our contribution to the Great Big Green Week (https://greatbiggreenweek.com/ ) which is a nationwide event celebrating community action on climate change.
The outline programme will be:
Those present will be encouraged to make their own pledges guided by the answers generated by the audience, which will be circulated afterwards more widely.
- Carlisle’s response to the climate emergency (Natalie Naisbitt) 10 mins
- Zero Carbon Cumbria over the next 5 years (John Forbes) 10 mins
- How the Cumbria Sustainability Network is supporting communities (Helen Attewell) 10 mins
- Re-energising Sustainable Brampton based on ‘There is no Planet B’ (Tim Coombe) 10 mins
- ‘Let’s Meet Each Other’ free buffet lunch 60 mins
- Ideas, feedback and voting (facilitated by Laura Rutter of CVS) on the following questions (supporting material will be circulated to participants beforehand):
- What can I personally change in my home? (10 mins)
- What buying habits can I change? (10 mins)
- How can I apply the principle of biodiversity to what I eat every day? (10 mins)
- How can I apply my personal strengths to this movement and what can I offer to my community? (10 mins)
- A more general discussion about global issues that are of concern locally (10 mins)
The SB Climate Reading Group will be meeting shortly before the workshop in September to discuss Mike Berners-Lee’s latest book ‘there-is-no-planet-b’ which provides a wealth of ideas for both individual and collective action. Anyone who has read it will be well prepared to contribute at the workshop!
Please register for this event by replying to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I will circulate additional material beforehand to all attendees to help stimulate ideas on the day. There is plenty of room in the Café and please feel free to invite others you think may be interested. The first step on a long journey is always the most difficult one to take!
I am available to answer any questions on the Sustainable Brampton ‘Give and Take’ stall at the coming Farmers’ Market on 28th Aug or the following day (29th August) at the Community Open Day at Brampton Community Centre which Sustainable Brampton is also supporting.
I look forward to hearing from you.