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) and Volunteer Coordinator, Brian Combe, who will, in turn, work with communities in an effort to educate them on climate change related issues.
Central Scotland Regional Equality Council’s Forth Valley Communities for Conservation project will bring together 120 households from minority ethnic and LGBTI 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 households from minority ethnic and LGBTI 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 CO2e emissions; foster community cohesion through involvement in climate change related initiatives and reduce social isolation.
The activities of the project will result in the following reduction of CO2e over the 2 years:
Project Savings of 178.4 tCO2e and CO2e Lifetime Savings of 969.5 tCO2e.
We will continue to deliver Home Energy Visits, FuelGood fuel-efficient driver training and awareness sessions/community events on climate change. In addition to this we have also launched the CSREC Cycling Club to encourage a more carbon-free travel lifestyle. We will offer free bike rides, free bike repairs and free cycling lessons amongst much more. We will also be providing energy efficient advice to BME owned businesses in the Forth Valley area.
The benefits of our FuelGood eco-friendly driving sessions are as below:
- Reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions
- Reduced risk of accidents while driving
- Lower risk of vehicle wear and tear on tyres, brakes and clutches
- Opportunities to demonstrate your commitment to the environment.
Please click below to see the annual report of our Forth Valley Communities for Conservation project in 2017-2018:
If you would like any more information about the Climate Challenge Fund then please go to: www.climatechallengefund.org
If you or your community group are interested in participating in any of these activities or would like to discuss something specific for you then please contact us on 01324610950 or firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, check us out on social media at twitter.com/fvc4c or facebook.com/fvc4c
We have been provided with a Climate Challenge Fund Grant by Scottish Government to conduct our work from 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2020
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