As it’s Climate Week, we have a guest writer from the Sustainability Team, Nichola Hughes:
It’s described as “a supercharged national occasion that offers an annual renewal of our ambition and confidence to combat climate change”. Sounds like something you can’t argue with. It’s also particularly significant for Lewisham Council as we recently signed up to Climate Local – pledging our commitment to local action to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.
Nationally, over 3,000 events will be taking place up and down the country this week, all with a common goal of inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. The events range from a pedal powered film screening to a vegetarian punjabi cooking course. There are events happening in Lewisham too – check out the Event Map on the Climate Week website.
Exploring the Climate Week website, I was most interested to see what suggestions were included under the ‘how to get involved’ section. It would seem that the most significant things that our residents can do are:
1) Green your home and cut your utility bills by becoming more energy and resource efficient at home
2) Switching to a green energy supplier like Ecotricity who invest 66% of their profits on building new sources of green energy
3) Sign the Climate Week declaration, calling on the UK government to do more to prevent climate change
4) Go to a climate week event near you!
To mark ‘Climate Week’ Lewisham Council has organised an interactive event to help break down barriers to cycling and walking. Residents can also learn how to cycle confidently on the borough’s streets as well as become more fuel-efficient in their homes and vehicles. The Clean and Green Travel Event is on 8 March between 10am-4pm in Sainsbury’s car park, New Cross, SE14 5UQ, no booking is required.
I very much hope that the week of events will go a long way towards renewing national and local ambition and confidence to combat climate change.