26 Feb 2008 10:02:19
Climate change group seeks "low carbon champions"
A new action group on climate change has been formed to encourage residents of Winchester to cut the city's carbon emissions by one-third, it has emerged.
Winchester Action on Climate Change hopes the target can be reached by 2016, according to the Hampshire Chronicle News.
The group is currently launching a number of low-carbon schemes, including opening a more permanent base for its operations at the University of Winchester and collaborating with Winchester city council to develop ways to increase the uptake of home energy conservation efforts.
In addition, Winchester Action on Climate Change is seeking "low carbon champions" - people who are willing to encourage others in the community about how best to reduce their carbon footprint.
"We need more people committed to making a real difference, and will provide training and support for all those willing to become low carbon champions," said Robert Hutchison, the group's convenor.
"Climate change is everyone's issue and we want to engage every household and organisation in the district."
The committee's draft plan for the 2008-9 period is expected to be finalised by the end of next month.