Many councils across the country have declared a Climate Emergency. Little Wolford Parish Meeting recognises we are in a time when our climate is changing and we must all take action to adapt to and mitigate the effects. Change needs to happen at a local level. With that in mind we have put together some steps and contacts on this page to help residents.
- Reduce waste - there are lots of initiatives to help us reduce waste which goes to landfill. Offer free goods and services to local people on the War on Waste Shipston Area Facebook group. Donate unwanted items to local charity shops. A little further afield is the Alcester Repair Cafe, modelled on the Netherlands scheme to promote skill sharing and a culture of repair rather than waste. Support kids with cancer by buying refurbished bicycles from the Charity Bike Shop in Alderminster.
- Food sharing - this can be done informally between neighbours, swapping a glut of tomatoes for chutney or simply leaving boxes of apples or other home-produced surpluses at the ends of driveways for people to take.
- Buy local - one way to reduce carbon emissions is to move to a plant-based diet. But when consuming meat and dairy, we can also help by buying from farms with a sustainable ethos and buying local. Buy milk from a vending machine and other dairy products from North Cotswolds Dairy in Long Compton and locally raised meat from the butchers in Teddington Stores.
- Green energy - many homes rely on oil-powered boilers. Updating to a modern boiler can make fuel use much more efficient. Maybe your property is suitable for making more use of renewable energy such as solar panels, air- or ground-source heating systems or even a wind turbine. For advice in our area get in touch with Act On Energy. And follow this link for Solar Together, a solar buying group scheme from Warwickshire County Council and IChoosr.
- Green transport - we live in a very rural part of south Warwickshire, meaning it is harder to travel using public transport. But there are still positive changes to make to how we all travel. Consider going electric when you next change your car; read more about charging electric vehicles within the county at Electric Car Home and the Warwickshire County Council website. Or look into whether Liftshare would work for you.
- Reduce flood risk - climate change can mean increased risk of flooding. Help reduce pressure on local drains by reducing hard surfacing around your home, collecting and reusing rainwater (which will also alleviate demand for mains water during periods of drought), and making a rain garden. For more information on flood management in our area, visit Shipston Area Flood Action Group.
- Stay cool - hotter summers and more extreme heat waves means we may struggle to keep cool in our homes in future, elderly residents being especially at risk. Recent research from the Royal Horticultural Society and the University of Reading suggests ivy growing up the front of houses is one of the most effective plants to help cool buildings - click here for more.
- Strengthen biodiversity - support Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in their efforts to promote nature across the county. Discover how to garden for wildlife with Wild About Garden, a partnership of the RHS and The Wildlife Trusts.
- Sustainable development - we would encourage all planners and householders to consider sustainable principles when undertaking local development. This might mean incorporating rainwater harvesting systems into new builds, using eco-friendly materials in building projects or incorporating wildlife bricks or nest-boxes into new barns and extensions.
- Take action - visit Stratford Climate Action for more ideas.
Green Shoots community climate change fund 2021 is available from Warwickshire County Council for community and voluntary organisations.