A local focus for global crises
We have a climate emergency – but many of us don’t know what to do.
- Do our personal actions really matter?
- Where can we get independent advice?
- What help is available in our areas?
Two local sustainability groups are working in areas of Bristol with relatively high consumption - Clifton Climate Action and the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Energy Group.
People here face particular, practical challenges – hard-to-insulate period buildings, often divided into flats; no front gardens for bikes or EV charging; no room for big recycling boxes; and high populations of students and elders.
What we do and why we need funds
The two groups run entirely on volunteers, putting on local talks, developing local projects and liaising with the council on local energy, transport and waste issues.
We now need funds to scale up our local carbon-cutting projects. These include:
- a free energy auditing service for local small and medium enterprises;
- a website for each group promoting local and green resources;
- home energy efficiency courses;
- carbon literacy courses;
- developing better recycling facilities;
- promoting alternatives to private cars;
- collaborating closely with other sustainability groups across the city;
- more public talks and workshops.
Volunteers can’t do this alone
Volunteers cannot achieve this alone. We need to make the groups sustainable. Employing a freelance administrator to cover both groups will cost £10,000 a year. We are applying for grants but hope to raise at least half from the Bristol public.
The climate crisis is now. We have eight years of carbon budget left before we risk a cascade of global tipping points. Helping the public cut their carbon is the most important thing we can do. Please support us. Thank you.
To learn more about either group please look us up on Facebook or go to cliftonclimateaction.org or bcrenergygroup.org.
Main image of Clifton Suspension Bridge by Roman Grac from Pixabay. Photo of bikes in Clifton by Sam Saunders.