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Central Scotland Regional Equality Council’s Forth Valley Communities for Conservation project will bring together 120 households from minority ethnic communities living in Central Scotland. The project will aim to reduce carbon emissions in households and empower members of the community to work together to change their behaviour to positively tackle climate change.

 

We will work with the 120 households from minority ethnic communities living in the Forth Valley area to support and advise; build capacity and resilience around climate change through multi-layered interventions. The long-term impact of the project is to help minority ethnic communities make necessary behaviour changes to reduce their CO2 emissions; foster community cohesion through involvement in climate change related initiatives and reduce social isolation.

 

We have been provided with a Climate Challenge Fund Grant of £111,166 to conduct our work from 01 April  2017 to 31 March 2018.

 

If you would like any more information about the Climate Challenge Fund then please follow the link provided (www.climatechallengefund.org).

 

Traditionally, spring signals the mark of new beginnings and at CSREC we are proud to welcome a new project aimed at empowering minority ethnic communities in the Central Scotland region.

Our Forth Valley Communities for Conservation project will aim to foster increased awareness and behaviour changes amongst minority ethnic communities in Central Scotland (Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire) around the topics of energy efficiency, climate change and environmentally friendly transportation. Our Project Co-ordinator, Aneel Singh Bhopal, will work alongside 4 Community Link Officers, Kasia Borowska (Polish and Eastern European Communities), Sherry Bien Macintosh (Chinese and East Asian Communities)and Taya Mozagba (African and Caribbean Communities) , who will, in turn, work with  communities in an effort to educate them on climate change related issues.

Over the course of the next year the project will deliver a variety of fun and informative initiatives centred on the environment. These will include 120 FREE Home Visits, 5 FREE Eco-Driving Sessions, 4 FREE Carbon Discussion Event and 4 FREE Community Events.  

Before we leave you though, it wouldn’t be right, as a Scottish organisation, to ignore one of more important developments over the past few months: the weather! The nights are getting lighter and the mornings are getting warmer so there can be no more excuses for leaving that light on the living room or keeping that heater on the bedroom! Thus, to ensure that you capitalise on the rarest of opportunities to use less gas and electricity, our team have kindly included a series of simple tips to make sure you are still keeping warm for the pending “summer” months whilst also remaining energy efficient as well! So, please, boost your bank balance and protect the planet by following our ‘Summer Savers’ below!

 

Summer Savers

10 tips to top up your warmth and save money this summer!

  • Turn your thermostat down by 1 degree celsius. This can cut your annual heating bill by 10%
  • Turn switches off at the wall when you’re not using them. This will save money and energy.
  • Replace standard lightbulbs with CFL or LED bulbs. This can save you £35 a year.
  • Spend one minute less in the shower each day. This could save you £10 per year, per person.
  • Draught proof your windows and doors. This can save you up to £30 on your annual heating bill.
  • When making cups of tea, only boil the amount of water that you need.
  • Remember to switch of f your lights when not in use.
  • Insulate your home
  • Dry your clothes naturally
  • Use lids on pots and pans when cooking

At CSREC we believe that we all have an individual and collective duty to protect our environment for our own generation and for those to come. This can only happen if we adjust our attitudes to environmental issues. Through the initiatives at the Forth Valley Communities for Conservation project our team will aim to assist the minority ethnic communities in the Central Scotland area to achieve this. So, come on, together we can take charge and make the change!

If you are interested in volunteering or taking part in one of our initiatives then please contact us by telephone on 01324610950 or email us on Aneel.Bhopal@centralscotlandrec.org.uk

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