Climate change training rolling out to educators in Cumbria

CAfS will be helping to create a national climate training toolkit for educators as part of a new government plan. We will be one of the partners developing the toolkits, as part of the Department for Education's Climate & Sustainability Strategy, announced in April. Every maintained nursery, school, college and university in the country is to have a sustainability lead among their staff, all of whom will have 'carbon literacy' training on the climate crisis and how we can respond. We've been delivering accredited Climate and Carbon Literacy training in Cumbria since 2019 and we're now running a pilot [...]

By |2022-05-18T14:48:29+01:00May 18th, 2022|Homepage, News, Youth, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|

Over £19,000 awarded to locals tackling climate change

Two local projects have been granted funds to combat climate change in Cumbria following a special meeting of the Cumbria Sustainability Network (CSN). Local sustainability projects were invited to apply and present their ideas to reduce carbon emissions to the CSN and to the public for a chance to be awarded the grants of up to £10,000. An audience of over 60 people voted on their preferred local projects that targeted the areas of energy use, land use, waste, and transport. The first ‘winning’ project was the Ulverston Food Waste Project, which received £9,815 to aid in their effort [...]

By |2022-04-28T14:59:31+01:00April 28th, 2022|Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|

Zero Carbon Cumbria celebrates first birthday

It's been one whole year since the Zero Carbon Cumbria project first set sail, and we thought it would be worth taking a quick look back at what's been achieved over the past 12 months. Firstly, for those new to the project, the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership (ZCCP to their friends) is a partnership of 80 organisations from across Cumbria and different sectors of society. Their aim is to drive Cumbria to becoming the first county with net-zero carbon emissions in the UK by 2037. On behalf of ZCCP, CAfS helped to secure a generous grant of £2.5 million from [...]

By |2022-02-10T11:01:50+00:00January 27th, 2022|Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|

Community Climate Grants to move towards a Zero Carbon Cumbria 

A new Community Climate Grant fund of £100,000, backed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, has been launched by Cumbria Action for Sustainability this month to help local community groups fight climate change.     Groups can now apply for grants ranging from £200 to £10,000, for projects and events to raise awareness of the urgent need to stop climate change and to reduce carbon emissions from energy use, land use, waste and transport.    The grants are part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership’s ambitious emission reduction programme to make Cumbria carbon neutral by 2037.       CAfS chief executive, Karen Mitchell, said: “The aim of the climate grants is to help communities to reduce carbon emissions. Thanks to [...]

By |2021-11-25T10:32:43+00:00November 25th, 2021|Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|

Seeds of Resilience

On Sunday 7th November members of climate action groups from across Cumbria came together with local residents for a day of discussion and celebration at the National Trust’s Footprint building in Windemere. The event, entitled ‘Seeds of Resilience’, was organised by CAfS and the National Trust as part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership to mark COP26 Nature Day and to reinforce the message that everyone can take positive action locally to contribute towards global efforts to reduce the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Said Cumbria Sustainability Network Coordinator Helen Attewell, ‘The event brought together members of [...]

By |2021-11-08T15:10:56+00:00November 8th, 2021|Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|

Young people capitalise on COP26 to raise climate concerns

Young people in Cumbria have seized on the momentum generated by the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow to present their environmental concerns to leading figures within the county. They presented the outcomes from a recent successful Cumbria Youth Climate Summit to Councillor Celia Tibble (Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Environment) and Karen Mitchell (co-chair of Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership and CEO of Cumbria Action for Sustainability). The meeting, which took place at Cumbria County Council’s Kendal offices, coincided with Youth and Public Empowerment Day at COP26, the United Nations summit that brought together heads of state, climate experts [...]

COP26 – what we can dare to hope for and what it means for Cumbria

In a few days' time, world leaders will arrive in Glasgow for the UN climate summit, COP26. When the negotiations draw to a close two weeks later, will countries have made the commitments needed to keep global temperature rise within the crucial 1.5 degrees limit? Speaking to school children this week, the prime minister said: "I am very worried because it might go wrong and we might not get the agreements that we need and it is touch and go. It is very, very difficult, but I think it can be done." Whether the PM was managing expectations, or [...]

By |2021-10-28T18:14:27+01:00October 28th, 2021|Climate politics, Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|

Electric Battle Bus rolls into Burneside

The good people at Burneside Community Energy (BCE) hosted the only Cumbrian stop on a UK tour of film makers documenting low carbon initiatives in a big, blue zero-carbon bus. The government-funded Zero Carbon Tour stopped by to feature the successful partnership between BCE and James Cropper PLC, which has seen a range of solar PV arrays installed at the firm's plant. BCE held an event showcasing their success and welcomed representatives from multiple organisations involved in Cumbria’s sustainability efforts.  The Zero Carbon Tour is a project from Planet Mark, a team of sustainability certifiers. They are embarking on a [...]

New scheme boosts fruit and vegetable growing in Cumbria

Cumbrian farmers have dedicated acres of land to growing fruit and vegetables this year, thanks to support from a new initiative, Home Grown Here. The scheme will see a tasty range of fresh produce grown in the county, from peas and potatoes to apples to rhubarb. Fresh from the fields, it will all be enjoyed by Cumbrians and visitors through local retailers, cafés, restaurants, hotels, farm shops and veg box schemes. It’s the brainchild of the Eden-based growers’ co-operative VistaVeg, and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund as part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership’s ambitious emission-reduction [...]

By |2021-08-30T10:54:16+01:00August 25th, 2021|Food, Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|

Huge funding boost for PLACE project

We at CAfS are delighted to announce that a project in which we are a partner has received a huge boost of funding this week. The PLACE project is being run by Cumbria Development Education Centre and they have just been awarded a grant of £248,600. The grant comes from the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery Ninety nature projects across England have been awarded grants from £68,100 to £1,950,000 to create and retain over 1,000 green jobs, backed by the Government’s £80 million [...]

By |2021-07-29T14:31:29+01:00July 29th, 2021|Homepage, News, Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership|
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