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Ambleside to zero carbon – the story so far

Could Ambleside become a zero carbon community? That’s certainly the goal of the town’s sustainability organisation, Ambleside Action for a Future (AAFAF), and CAfS is helping to make it a reality. In 2019, we began a package of support for the town, thanks to support from South Lakeland District Council and the Space to Connect fund. Here’s a quick guide to what’s been happening. All in the plan What would it take for Ambleside to become carbon neutral? That’s the big question, and we’re helping to answer it. We’re creating a detailed, costed programme that would lead AAFAF towards [...]

By |2019-12-05T16:15:08+00:00December 5th, 2019|Ambleside to Zero, Community energy, Home energy efficiency, News, Renewable energy|Comments Off on Ambleside to zero carbon – the story so far

Calling all teachers & young people!

Are you a young person or a teacher who'd like to take action on climate change in Cumbria? Please could you spare a few minutes to fill in our survey on how we can help you! We are planning to set up a programme of support for young people. There are grants out there that would make it possible for us to do this, but we need to show that there is a real need for our help, and an appetite to take action. That's where our surveys come in. There's one for teachers, and one for young people. By [...]

By |2019-12-05T09:32:18+00:00December 5th, 2019|Homepage, News, Youth|Comments Off on Calling all teachers & young people!

Whitehaven coal mine – what’s happened so far & next steps

Efforts to prevent a new coal mine in Cumbria suffered a blow in November after the Secretary of State decided not to ‘call in’ the county council’s decision to approve the mine. We asked one of the campaigners against the mine to share an overview of what’s happened so far, and what the next steps might be in the battle to prevent it. Our thanks to Maggie Mason for contributing this guest post for us and sharing her unique insight, as a retired minerals planner at Cumbria County Council. CAfS strongly supports the views of campaigners that the new [...]

By |2019-12-02T10:34:41+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Climate politics, Fossil fuels, Homepage, News|Comments Off on Whitehaven coal mine – what’s happened so far & next steps

Raise funds for CAfS as you shop this Christmas

Did you know that when you shop online, you can raise funds for CAfS at no cost to you whatsoever? We always encourage you to consume as little stuff as possible, and to support local businesses for the things you really need to buy. But for those purchases that you need to make online, it's really easy to generate funds for CAfS. It's like giving a little Christmas present to the environment with every purchase you make. Shopping with most big online retailers Some of the biggest online retailers will make a small donation to CAfS when you shop [...]

By |2019-11-22T17:13:39+00:00November 22nd, 2019|Homepage, News|Comments Off on Raise funds for CAfS as you shop this Christmas

General election 2019 – Ask your candidates the hard questions

We go to the polls on Thursday 12 December 2019 to elect new MPs for Cumbria and a new government for our country. Will it be a government that will take the transformational actions needed to cut the UK’s carbon emissions in time to halt damaging climate change? That’s up to us as voters. Climate science demands that every country reaches zero carbon by 2030. The next government is crucial - by the time another general election comes around, it will be too late to put in place the range of actions the science demands. This is our chance [...]

By |2019-11-28T14:34:10+00:00November 22nd, 2019|Climate politics, Homepage, News|Comments Off on General election 2019 – Ask your candidates the hard questions

Could you be our new marketing & communications officer?

If you are an experienced and enthusiastic marketer, a fantastic job awaits you here at CAfS! We are recruiting a new marketing and communications officer to spread the word about an exciting new project that will see 200 charge points for electric cars installed around Cumbria and the wider north of England. You’ll also work alongside our project managers across all our initiatives to tackle climate change, supporting our marketing manager. You’ll engage with the public and organisations around Cumbria on topics ranging from renewable energy and food to housing and transport. We’re looking for someone who has communications [...]

By |2019-11-01T16:01:50+00:00October 31st, 2019|Homepage, News|Comments Off on Could you be our new marketing & communications officer?

Space to Connect grant to boost Ambleside’s community spaces

CAfS has been awarded a £7,300 grant from a partnership between Co-op’s charity, the Co-op Foundation, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. We'll use the ‘Space to Connect’ funding to support Ambleside Action for a Future’s Incredible Edible Group to develop community conversations about how green spaces are used in their area. The grant will also help to develop the group’s skills and capacity to deliver sustainable use of green spaces in the future. It is one of 57 organisations across England to receive a grant from the £1.6 million partnership, designed to help communities tackle [...]

By |2019-11-01T16:02:06+00:00October 30th, 2019|Food, News|Comments Off on Space to Connect grant to boost Ambleside’s community spaces

Cumbria seeks Cold to Cosy Champions

As the clocks go back, the days get shorter and people are switching on their lights and heating, Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) is seeking to recruit 20 energy champions as part of the Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria energy-saving service. “We’re looking for people from across South Lakes, Eden and beyond who are keen to save money on energy bills and are prepared to tell others about the help that’s on offer,” says Tina Holt, energy efficiency project officer with Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), which runs the service. “These champions could be volunteers in their communities, frontline [...]

By |2019-10-30T15:05:35+00:00October 30th, 2019|Draughtproofing, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, Insulation, News|Comments Off on Cumbria seeks Cold to Cosy Champions

New video charts renovation progress at 33a Chapel Street

If you cast your mind back to last summer, you might recall that we started following renovations at an old, stone-walled terraced house in Appleby. 33a Chapel Street’s journey from a flooded, damp building to a warm and cosy home is well under way, and you can see the progress so far in our latest video – a seven-minute recap on the works that have been done and the materials used. You’ll see how the old concrete floor and renders have been stripped out, replaced with an insulated limecrete floor and different types of lime plasters on the walls. [...]

By |2019-10-30T14:41:12+00:00October 30th, 2019|Home energy efficiency, Homepage, Insulation, News|Comments Off on New video charts renovation progress at 33a Chapel Street

Cumbrians asked for views on climate change in county’s first survey

People who live, work or study in Cumbria are being invited to share their opinions on climate change and ways to tackle it in a new survey launched this week. Cumbria Action for Sustainability is running the survey and we want to hear from people from all walks of life and across all viewpoints, to help shape actions to reduce carbon emissions. “There is unprecedented momentum in Cumbria to tackle the causes of the climate crisis and we want to make sure that the voices of people in Cumbria are heard and taken into account as the pace towards [...]

By |2019-11-01T16:02:37+00:00October 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Cumbrians asked for views on climate change in county’s first survey