Ross-shire community bids to address climate change

Local people in the Strathpeffer area have got together to address climate change through a number of different initiatives led by Strathpeffer Community Association’s successful bid for funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

Strathpeffer Eco Gathering on Saturday 17th November 2018 brings together local community groups, residents and partner organisations to provide an opportunity to learn more about the links between how energy use works at home, in their community buildings and local businesses and climate change.

The event also features a chance to test drive an electric car, have a go on an electric bike, have your push bike checked over ready for winter, find out how your business can be supported to bring down bills and what more we can all do together to save energy and bring down out carbon footprint. The event takes place at Strathpeffer Community Centre and will run from 11am until 3pm.

Strathpeffer Eco Gathering has been organised by Strathpeffer Community Association which is a local independent charity as part of their Strathpeffer Saves project which is supported by a grant of £55,000 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

Strathpeffer Saves offers free support and advice to help people to save energy in their homes; and encourages people to grow their own food as well as supplying information on a range of issues about how to reduce your carbon footprint.

Cameron Duncan, Development Worker for Strathpeffer Saves said:

“Strath Eco Gathering promises to be a great day out for local families with lots of free activities, including test driving an electric car, having a go on an electric bike, a mechanic checking your bike over for winter and fun activities for children about their environment”

“We hope that the local community will enjoy learning about things they can do to make a difference and help tackle climate change as well as benefitting your heath and saving you money”.

Maree Todd, MSP who be opening the event and presenting groups with the Climate Change Pledge commented:

“The Climate Challenge Fund projects delivers tangible community and social benefits while helping address climate change. Of course, I’m delighted that my own community is participating!

“Climate change is one of the most significant issues we face as a society – every step we take towards meaningful and lasting change is vital. If we work together, we’ll have more impact. I’m really looking forward to the gathering and learning more about the work happening in the village.”

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, manage the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. Pete Leonard, Operations Director for Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“It is fantastic to see several community groups in the Strathpeffer area signing up to Scotland’s Climate Change Pledge for Communities and expressing their support and commitment to taking local action on climate change.

“We encourage community members to find out more about how the Strathpeffer Saves Climate Challenge Fund project can help them to improve their home energy efficiency which will reduce carbon emissions, energy bills and help to tackle climate change.

“We look forward to empowering many more communities to take action on climate change. We see it as part of our work to make Scotland clean, green and sustainable.”

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) is a Scottish Government grant programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to help tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. The CCF has awarded 1,097 grants totalling £101 million to 658 communities since its introduction in 2008, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency.

Peter Walling, Chairperson of Strathpeffer Community Association said:

“We are very pleased to provide the opportunity for people to take action at a local level to help the fight against Climate Change.

We must all do something, however small. By working together, individuals and groups can make an impact. We appreciate the continuing support of Keep Scotland Beautiful.”

Strathpeffer Saves and this event is supported by Strathpeffer Primary School, Home Energy Scotland, Resource Efficient Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland and a number of local community organisations in the Strathpeffer area.

The event takes place at Strathpeffer Community Centre, School Road, Strathpeffer IV14 9AG from 11am – 3pm and will be opened by Maree Todd, MSP at 10.45am.

Further details at www.strathpeffercommunitycentre.co.uk and on Facebook.

15 November 2018

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