Monday, June 6, 2022

Northamptonshire ACRE is calling on community groups, parish and town councils, village halls and Northamptonshire businesses to come together to make their community a greener place at a special conference on Monday September 12th.The Action with Communities in Rural England charity and Climate Action-West Northamptonshire (CA-WN) will be holding a 'Grow Green Together' symposium between 10am and 4pm at the Hunsbury Hill centre, Harksome Hill, Northampton to help local organisations connect and craft a more sustainable future.

The event will highlight the brilliant environmental work already being done in the county. And inspiring guest speakers, including writer and environmental campaigner Dr Mark Avery, will be covering a range of eco topics on the day including moving to green energy, green transport, improving biodiversity and rewilding and sustainable food networks. There will also be a series of Eco Taster Sessions in the months leading up to the event, for the public to sign up to – where they can learn how to be more eco-friendly and sustainable in their everyday lives.

Northamptonshire ACRE CEO Elaine O’Leary said: “We know issues of climate change and its impact on the environment is very important to the communities we work with. And many of them have told us they want to make a positive difference to their area. Some communities are already doing fantastic work in implementing green projects to help lessen their impact on the climate, but others are finding it rather overwhelming and difficult to know where to start. "As passionate advocates of a more green and sustainable future for our county, Northamptonshire ACRE and CA-WN are keen to offer support to communities who want to lessen the effect of climate change on their residents. We want to connect local groups to each other and enable them to develop projects to ‘grow green together’ for a better future."

Jane Wood from CA-WN said: “Climate change and nature depletion are happening now, in the UK and across the world, and many people are increasingly concerned about what the future will look like. It is important to recognise that we can all make a real difference, and that working together amplifies our individual efforts. Through working with CA-WN, and as a parish councillor, I know there are amazing people and community groups in West Northants taking action to help nature thrive and to reduce carbon emissions. This conference will provide practical information and tools to help them be even more effective.”

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