Some websites of interest
Please note that these sites are not under the control of Stretton Climate Care. The links are posted because we believe that they are of interest. We do not necessarily endorse every opinion posted on a website.
Focussing on south Shropshire and working with the Shropshire Climate Action Partnership. Many individuals are working in both organisations and we will work together to achieve a Zero Carbon Shropshire by 2030. We aren’t waiting to get started and our report in April will feature best practice wherever it is, near or far, if we feel it has potential for our area.
SCAP has published Version 1.2 of the Zero Carbon Shropshire Plan. Developed through the intensive efforts of over 100 volunteers from all walks of Shropshire life and supported by an extensive network of local enterprises, community groups, councils, charities and other public sector and private sector organisations. This plan captures the ongoing ‘work in progress’ being undertaken through seven working groups
An independent regional charity employing advisers and working with several Councils in the Midlands. Their overriding objective is to support householders by delivering practical solutions. In this area there are over 75,000 households struggling to stay warm, and with partners, MEA are working to reduce fuel poverty and cold homes, promote energy reduction and encourage the uptake of renewable energy. Do look at their most recent leaflets on Keep Shropshire Warm Leaflet 2020 and Keep Shropshire Warm – Autumn 2020
Shropshire Council Climate-Pack
Climate Emergency Resource Pack for Shropshire, a one-stop shop covering a host of resources relating to climate change and sustainability.
Local climate care groups:
Lightfoot – Bishop’s Castle
Sustainable Newport (previously Newport 21)
The Environment network of local groups in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin promoting communication and education on the subjects of Climate Change and Sustainable Living. Well worth taking a look at their page of links GSX Useful Links
Shropshire Council have updated their recycling and rubbish page – worth taking a look.
An alliance of local green, environmental and Transition Town groups, activists, environmental organisations & businesses, local community groups, town and parish councils and interested individuals. See their collaborative work with Hereford Council The Great Collaboration: leading to a zero carbon Herefordshire, which has a good Resources page.
Thirty two of our houses (plus some additional flats) in Herefordshire and 80 homes in Shropshire will be fitted with high-quality external wall insulation, limiting heat loss and helping the home to be more comfortable to live in. Effectively insulating a home while ensuring proper ventilation also limits the effects of condensation and damp, which can be an all-too-common concern in rural homes.
A small charitable co-op, whose aim is to promote sustainable living in Herefordshire and beyond, working to reduce Herefordshire’s carbon footprint.
Working with hub schools across Herefordshire and the Marches, The Marches Climate Education Group is a collection of likeminded schools who are passionate about the climate crisis and want to take action. It is run by teachers, for teachers. The lead teachers are there to support and guide neighbouring schools in their journey to become more sustainable.
National Resources: Schools, Energy, Buildings, Transport, Plastics waste, Public engagement
Let’s Go Zero brings together UK schools who want to be zero carbon, are reducing their own climate impact, and demanding greater UK government support to achieve this goal. The campaign will show national government that there is a substantial demand amongst teachers and pupils to become zero carbon, with the potential for schools to catalyse wider change in their communities.
‘Parent’ to Let’s go Zero. Climate champions, organisations on the frontline of the climate crisis, are creating something extraordinary. A planet powered by low-carbon start-ups, bold green policies, liveable cities, better work and clean energy for all. We help these innovators attract investment and funding, build their networks, and create radical change. We do this because we believe in them, and their vision of a cleaner, fairer, healthier world.
An independent national charity initiated in 1979:
Our vision is a world where sustainability is second nature, carbon emissions have been cut to safe levels and fuel poverty has been replaced by energy justice.
Our mission is to share our knowledge and practical experience to empower people to change the way they think and act about energy.
We do this by giving advice, managing innovative energy projects, training and supporting others to act, and undertaking research and policy analysis. At any one time we have around 60 different and separately-funded projects underway. All of these are helping people and communities to meet real needs for both environmentally sound and affordable energy services. We are based in Bristol although much of our work has relevance and impact across the UK. Our clients and funders include national, regional and local government and associated agencies, and companies in the energy sector.
Well worth taking a look at their Resources page and Advice leaflets all available to download.
Our organisation was founded in 2004 as the first British charity to focus exclusively on public engagement with climate change. We’re proud of the impact we’re having, which you can learn more about in our 2019 Annual review.
Energy Saving Trust provides leadership and expertise to deliver a zero carbon society. Work with individuals, business, communities and governments to save energy and reduce carbon emissions. To address the challenge of reaching zero carbon targets, we need to reduce our energy consumption, install new infrastructure and accelerate a move to sustainable, low carbon lifestyles.
We provide advice and support to promote the transition to a smart, decarbonised, decentralised energy system. We focus on homes, communities and transport to deliver the wider societal and environmental benefits of energy saving, while actively mitigating climate change.
We have a team of advisers and technical specialists, on standby, to help you implement meaningful change and achieve serious savings – an average of 24% on energy bills. We offer free, impartial support to small and medium-sized Scottish businesses providing:
- A free energy opportunities assessment, at your convenience, to identify where and how savings can be made;
- A comprehensive report – written for you, highlighting key actions you can take now, at no cost, and signposting major changes, and how to access support, further advice and financing.Whether you are just starting out on your energy planning and reduction journey, or have already made progress, we offer a free, accommodating service that will support you every step of the way.
One of a wide range of short online courses offered by this organisation. FutureLearn partners with top international universities and specialist organisations to offer online courses and degrees from science and engineering through literature, the arts and humanities.
UK100 is a network of highly ambitious local government leaders, who have pledged to secure the future for their communities by shifting to 100% clean energy by 2050. Local leaders are working together to create flourishing communities, seizing the opportunities of technology to create jobs and establishing a nationwide project of renewal, focussed on local needs and ambitions. The Countryside Climate Network amplifies the rural voice as part of our national policy advocacy Countryside Climate Network.
Zero Waste Scotland recognises that behaviour change on issues around waste can often be most effectively achieved through community engagement at a local level … supports the work of community groups through our Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme funded by Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support projects involving waste and circular economy activities, or installation of energy efficient measures in community-owned buildings.
The Passivhaus Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard and methodology. Passivhaus is the leading international low energy, design standard. Over 65,000 buildings have been designed, built and tested to this standard worldwide.
The Trust aims to promote Passivhaus as a highly effective way of providing high standards of occupant comfort and health as well as reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK.
We believe that everyone should have access to attractive housing, located and designed to ensure that people do not need to use or own cars to live a full life. We therefore support new housing that promotes walking, cycling and public transport and avoids dependence on cars. Equally, we oppose developments that will not achieve this outcome.
Custodians of the National Cycle Network, a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone, connecting cities, towns and countryside, loved by the communities they serve.
Working with researchers, businesses & policy makers, the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions supports the transition to a low-carbon energy system.
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) a cross-party government team, supporting the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). We are providing over £900 million to position the UK at the global forefront of ULEV development, manufacture and use. This will contribute to economic growth and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution on our roads.
The AQEG provides independent scientific advice on air quality to Defra, in particular the air pollutants contained in the Air Quality Strategy (AQS) for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and those covered by the EU Directives on Ambient Air Quality.
Mission: To enable young people to fulfil their potential by providing resources and support to schools to engage them in environmental projects, building their skills and aspirations while encouraging them, their community and wider society to live in a more sustainable way.
ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is the national voice for our 38 member organisations who make up the country’s largest rural network. Together, we reach 52,000 grassroots organisations in 11,000 rural communities.
Climate Research activity
The Tyndall Centre is a unique partnership between the universities of East Anglia (Headquarters), Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle, Sussex and Fudan University in Shanghai. Founded in 2000 to conduct cutting edge, interdisciplinary research, and provide a conduit between scientists and policymakers. With nearly 200 members ranging from PhD researchers to Professors, the Tyndall Centre represents a substantial body of the UK’s climate change expertise from across the scientific, engineering, social science and economic communities.
County-wide Climate Emergency Groups
The Carbon Neutral Cornwall ‘Hive’ is Cornwall’s new online resource to help you find out what other people are doing to help tackle climate change, and where you can share your own ideas, and information about your carbon neutral projects and activities.
An exciting and ambitious new programme will soon be under way aiming to make Cumbria the first carbon-neutral county in the UK. Thanks to a £2.5 million grant from the National Lottery Climate Action Fund, a five-year programme of events and activities will start in January 2021, led by the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership.
A not for profit organisation developing a good carbon practice network. We support people, groups and organisations in the region to reduce their carbon footprints. Our aim is to bring together Yorkshire communities to co-produce a roadmap for a climate-smart, successful, sustainable and resilient county; making Yorkshire a leading light in the fight against climate change. Our objectives are to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the environment by building a Yorkshire-wide movement committed to transitioning the Yorkshire region towards zero-carbon, in a way that is socially and economically just.
Community Energy Groups
STCE is being set up as a Community Benefit Society to develop and own community energy projects in Shropshire and Telford. One of the first projects that STCE are looking at, is the Twemlows Solar Farm near Whitchurch. This 10MW scheme was built in 2015 using private finance but is now looking for a new home in the community sector.
Pomona Solar Co-operative is harnessing the power of the sun for the benefit of people in Herefordshire.
The Big Solar Co-op is a new approach to subsidy-free community solar from the ground up, supported by Sharenergy. We’re working with community solar groups across the UK on an approach which:
- Makes solar viable on a huge range of sites even in the absence of Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs)
- Empowers and supports volunteers to work together to get it built
- Works towards the alleviation of climate change through large-scale, grassroots community action
BWCE is a not for profit community benefit society, owned and run by our members for the benefit of the community. Our vision is for a local area able to supply decreasing local energy demand with increasing generation from renewable energy, driven by collective action and community ownership. Our focus has been on developing clean local energy, community-owned for the common good.
CREW Energy is a not-for-profit cooperative made up of south-west Londoners who care about making this corner of London a more resilient and sustainable community. By helping community groups and individuals across the boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth access low-carbon solutions, our volunteers are helping to reduce the carbon emissions of the capital.
SELCE (South East London Community Energy Ltd)
Since 2010, community groups all over the country have started to take a different approach when it comes generating energy. The Community Energy England website reveals the huge benefits that these projects that not only generate their own energy but control how it is used as well. To accelerate the transition to a sustainable future in SE London, we formed Selce as a co-operative for the benefit of the community.
Land and Biodiversity
We are a community-led Trust based in the Middle Marches committed to the promotion and development of sustainable and environmentally responsible agriculture that supports a thriving natural world. Our Vision is to help create an ecologically healthy and sustainable countryside in the hills of the Middle Marches to inspire both residents and visitors. For more detail, do take a look at The Hub
The Shropshire Hills contain two large upland nature reserves, the Long Mynd, owned and managed by the National Trust and the Stiperstones, owned and managed by Natural England. The two organisations decided together that there was a good opportunity to establish a project to create linkages between the two sites which, together with improved management, would help make them bigger, better and joined – key aspirations for improving England’s network of protected sites. The project is called ‘Stepping Stones’ (see below).
Stepping Stones is a National Trust-led programme of landscape-scale environmental projects in the Shropshire Hills. Their 50-year vision is for natural habitats in the Shropshire Hills to be restored, healthy and connected, and for the people who live, work and play in this remarkable area to understand and support our efforts.
Shropshire Wildlife Trust project: Natural flood management to reduce the downstream maximum water height of a flood (the flood peak) or to delay the arrival of the flood peak downstream, increasing the time available to prepare for floods. The myriad Slow the Flow items work together, helping to reduce flow rate in the valley, under storm events. This is achieved by restricting the progress of water through a catchment in 3 ways:
- Increasing soil infiltration and allowing water to soak away.
- Storing water by using natural features such as ponds, ditches or low lying land or by creating new ponds and areas to store water.
- Slowing water by increasing resistance to flow. For example, by planting trees on the floodplain or constructing “leaky dams” in channels.
A small, enthusiastic group of local smallholders living in the Stiperstones and Cordon Hill area of the Welsh Marches, who are interested in the the management and conservation of wildflower rich hay meadows.
An informal network of meadow owners managing and conserving flower rich grassland … 61 Herefordshire Meadows members are now supported by Natural England as a Facilitation Fund Group. We work collaboratively across the whole of the Herefordshire landscape holding events and discussions on how to manage, create and restore meadows to benefit wildlife, soil and water quality, historic features, natural flood management and livestock farming businesses.
The International picture
The European Green Deal provides an action plan to
- boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy
- restore biodiversity and cut pollution
The plan outlines investments needed and financing tools available. It explains how to ensure a just and inclusive transition.
The EU aims to be climate neutral in 2050.