Winchester Climate Action Network (WeCAN)
Working with Winchester Action on Climate Change to inspire community climate action
Project duration: July 2021 ongoing
CSE and Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) are working together to inspire and support community climate action in and around the city of Winchester.
The work has been commissioned by Winchester City Council whose ambitious climate agenda includes becoming carbon neutral themselves by 2024 and the wider District by 2030.
WeCAN will support and strengthen climate action in Winchester by inspiring communities – including parish councils in the area – to take meaningful steps forward on climate change issues. We and WinACC will support those already taking climate action and to engage with communities who are yet to do so.
Harriet Samson is managing this project for CSE. "This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a local organisation which knows its community, and to combine our wealth of community engagement and communications experience, and our carbon footprinting resource, to stimulate climate action across Winchester. This is a critical component of Winchester’s ambitions to be carbon neutral within the decade."
Back in May, and in order to understand current levels of engagement, all the parish councils and to scores of community organisations were invited to complete a survey, the results of which showed where climate action was already happening and where there were difficulties and barriers to meaningful change.
Using our carbon footprinting too, Impact, we then developed carbon footprint reports for each parish, showing the communities the scale of their carbon emissions and the key sectors and consumption activities that contributed the most. These reports will help inform local communities where to focus their actions to make the most difference, and to help the groups interpret the content of these, we ran a series of three webinars answering questions and discussing the detail and implications.
In the next stage, starting in the autumn, we will run climate emergency action days to help the parish councils and their residents develop climate action plans. This will coincide with Winchester Green Week (September 2021, dates TBC) in which we and WinACC will support engaged parish councils and community groups with climate change communications advice and resources.