We find ourselves at a pivotal moment in history, facing the urgent task of preserving our planet for future generations. Climate change is a global problem with the potential to affect every living thing on this fragile planet. Climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions is impacting our weather patterns and producing extreme weather events more often than we have ever seen. It is a problem that seems so immense, we as individuals can feel powerless against it. However, if members of communities make small changes to their way of life, we can help to make an enormous difference.
Eastleigh Town Council has signed up to the Greening Campaign.
What is the Greening Campaign?
The Greening Campaign is a structured processes, guiding us to act on Climate Change and Biodiversity within our community. The Campaign understand that taking action on Climate Change is daunting, which is why they provide communities with the help and support that they need to succeed. They will work through as much or as little of the process as our community chooses.
Engaging the community
The Greening Campaign was founded in 2008 by Terena Plowright. Terena wanted to engage everyone and so started the Greening Campaign in her own community. To her surprise, she found that if people are given clear advice and ideas on how to save money and CO2 in a fun and visible way, they take action! People all over her community started to change their behaviour and so the Greening Campaign was born.
Making the campaign visible was key to its success. Soon afterwards, more communities asked if they could copy the format. Now, over 200 communities have started a campaign. Eastleigh is the next community in that list.
Who can tackle climate change?
The unique part of the Greening Campaign is that it allows anyone to tackle Climate Change and lead their community. You do not need any experience or knowledge in any of the topics. The campaign brings a pathway for you to follow, experts to support you and ideas and tools to use to make it fun and achievable.
If you don’t believe this is possible, just look at how Vegans changed vast sections of our supermarket shelves simply by constantly carrying a message, building numbers and being choosy about how they shop. We can do this with Climate Change. We want everyone to be excited about the environment!
Greening Eastleigh - Lottery funded programme
We are thrilled that the Greening Eastleigh Campaign has been selected by the Greening Campaign to receive lottery funded support. This funding, which is only being made available to 20 communities across Hampshire, allows us to receive some extra, expert support as we roll out the campaign across Eastleigh Town. This money will make a huge difference to the outcome of our campaign.
The Five Pillars
As a result of the lottery funding, the Greening Campaign are bringing 5 pillars of support to our community in Eastleigh. Experts will support us with extensive knowledge in these subjects.
Space For Nature
Nature needs our help. Expert support is available from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. You will learn the skills to change spaces in your community and make a real difference for nature. Further details here.
Energy Efficient Warmer Homes
We need to reduce our energy consumption. Expert support is available from the Sustainability Centre and the Environment Centre to bring you some easy solutions and information. Further details here.
Health & Wellbeing
A different climate is already bringing challenges to keeping us active and well. Anthea Cooke, a Health Professional, will support you to tackle raising awareness on keeping the community safe. Further details here.
Cycle of the Seed
An inspiring new programme to encourage food growing in the community, open discussions around food security and bringing education around the issues connected to soil health. Further details here.
This programme will encourage residents in the community to prevent waste. This is not about recycling or re-using, but is about how to stop us generating waste in the first place. Further details here.
Our Greening Eastleigh Campaign is still in the very early stages. If you are passionate about the environment and want to help make a difference, why not come on this journey with us?
If you are interested in hearing more, please fill in the form below and a member of the Council will get in touch.
Keep checking this page for further updates.