Great Big Green Week!

There were many events across Preston for the biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature at the end of September

Mayor of Preston Cllr Neil Darby who is a longstanding member of CAP welcomed children and staff to the Mayor’s Parlour from some of Preston’s Primary Schools which had created posters showing the environmental activities and achievements from the 21-22 academic year.
These were displayed at The Town Hall, Preston Climate Emergency Centre, The Larder Cafe and Intact Centre.

‘Sustainability Saturday’ took place at The Larder, PR1 1DD with the monthly Repair Cafe offering electrical and sewing/clothing repairs, alongside children’s Dragonfly craft using recycled materials.

A ‘Preston Pedals’ mechanic fixed several bikes FREE!
People enjoyed delicious food and drink from the cafe.

At ‘Preston’s Climate Emergency Centre’  32 Cheapside (Flagmarket), PR1 2AR, lifelong environmentalist and dedicated anti-franking campaigner Nick Danby gave a talk on why the climate emergency means the moratorium on fracking needs reinstating.

Senior Project Officer with Low Carbon and Renewable Energy at LCC Robin Jones gave a presentation on ‘Solar energy strategies’ showing how Preston Solar Action is aiming to put this community energy project into action.

Dr Julie Ridley who leads the National Lottery funded project ‘Preston Pedals’ facilitated discussion on how ‘Everyday cycling’ is a way to tackle climate change.

‘Cosy Homes’ and ‘Staywarm Energy’ offered energy-saving advice at The Intact Centre in Ingol. Staff member for Intact’s nature reserve ‘Dobcroft’ Ian Wright, gave a presentation ‘Nature’s Solutions to Climate Change’ followed by a walk round.

The ‘Green Choir’ which had only met 5 times under the leadership of Jon Aveyard of Preston Music Workshops, shared songs of nature and songs of humanity.

Members of the public signed the ‘Warm this winter’ campaign petition and made smoothies with donated fruit by pedal power.

Preston Climate Emergency Centre

Preston’s Climate Emergency Centre, the 17th Climate Emergency Centre in the UK, and first in the North, opened on 13th August.

The aim of the Climate Emergency Centre is to provide a space where the people of Preston can come together to learn; discuss how to reduce their carbon footprint, and tackle other social issues as they arise. Many of us were unprepared for the pandemic, let’s not let this happen again with our children’s futures, the environment and natural world. By working as a community we can achieve big things!

Blog Preston published an article which you can read more about the opening of the centre and its aims.

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