Future proofing rural communities in Warwickshire

Warwickshire Rural Community Council logoWarwickshire’s rural dwellers are being encouraged to move to the forefront of the battle to address climate change by creating a ‘cheaper, greener, more sustainable’ future for their countryside communities.

Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC) says that, historically, rural communities have always been willing to embrace change and see the strong community spirit at the heart of many villages as key to their future success.

WRCC Senior Field Officer, Linda Ridgley, said:

“Countryside people have always been proactive when it comes to dealing with change and our experience shows that they care greatly about building a sustainable future. As an organisation dedicated to helping rural communities improve their quality of life, we are providing them with support wherever we can and believe that if they harness the genuine enthusiasm and community spirit that so many of them possess, they will be at the forefront of climate change and sustainability movement in Warwickshire.”

Now rural representatives are being invited by the Council to attend a free workshop where information and ideas on ‘future proofing’ will be explained. Also, support will be provided to help communities address the causes of climate change.

The free ‘Future Proofing Your Community’ event will be held on 31st October 2009 at Ettington Village Hall between 10am and 6pm. To book a place, or for more information, telephone 02476 303232 or email stevep@wrccrural.org.uk.

WRCC point out that despite the rural areas being generally thought of as more environmentally friendly than cities, a new study has shown that city dwellers actually have smaller carbon footprints than national averages.

Research from the International Institute for Environment and Development reveals that per capita greenhouse gas emissions for a Londoner in 2004 were the equivalent of 6.2 tonnes of CO2, compared with 11.19 for the UK average.

In contrast, the rural northeast of England, Yorkshire and the Humber, were singled out for having the highest footprints per capita in the UK.

Linda added:

“The use of public transport and denser housing are two of the reasons for the comparatively low carbon footprints in urban areas. In rural areas, the use of personal transport to reach supermarkets and other amenities has a considerable impact on household footprints, along with the fact that many houses are old and less environmentally sound, with a large number running on electricity only due to other sources of energy like gas being unavailable.

“The government has set targets for a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2010, and 60% by 2050, so it is really vital that rural communities get together and find ways to reduce the footprint they generate by looking at a range of ideas that, contrary to popular belief, are often straightforward and extremely rewarding to implement.

“To demonstrate this, we are inviting local groups who have already achieved some aspect of future proofing, for example local food production, local energy generation, and energy efficiency measures to give first hand advice and explain the benefits to be had. We will also be on hand to give advice on issues such as reducing food miles, starting a car sharing scheme, rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling, and managing waste more sustainably – all or which can all have a major impact on the overall carbon cost of local life.

“It’s also worth considering where a community’s energy comes from in the first place. What about looking at low carbon micro-generation — small systems such as solar photovoltaic, wind generation and heat pumps — to provide clean, green energy locally?

“Warwickshire Rural Community Council is passionate about helping rural communities to become more sustainable and though it can sometimes be hard to see how the little actions we take on an individual level can really make any sort of difference to major issues such as carbon emissions, climate change and the increasing use of the world’s resources, communities who work together can make a real difference.”

Thanks to Linda Ridgley from the Warwickshire Rural Community Council for providing this guest post.

The Council is the only organisation solely dedicated to supporting rural communities in Warwickshire and Solihull. They exist to improve quality of life for rural people and to make sure that the unique rural community life in Warwickshire is protected and developed.

The ‘Future Proofing Your Community’ event will be held on 31st October 2009 at Ettington Village Hall between 10am and 6pm. To book a place, or for more information, telephone 02476 303232 or email stevep@wrccrural.org.uk.

One Response

  1. If we look at the above differences between urban and rural areas in Indian prespectives,the mere fact that 57% of rural population is not having assess to electricity .Furthermore even the current rapid growth of the per capita motrorized demand and electricity demand increase is not Expected to Take
    India to Current Developed wold
    Levels Even by 2031.

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