The Gloucestershire Area Meeting Sustainability Support Group has secured funding from Quaker Peace and Social Witness to train local facilitators (Quaker and non-Quaker) to run a community carbon reduction programme in their neighbourhood, church or other community groups. The programme comprises 7 sessions, looking at home energy, waste and water, consumerism, food and transport. The aim is to help one another to reduce our carbon footprints in a supportive group environment. The programme has been tried and tested by Transition Leicester. Known as “Footpaths”, many groups in Leicester and elsewhere have already taken part.
The programme is aimed at people who take climate change seriously and want to reduce their own carbon footprint, but aren’t sure what else they can do. In Leicester, it was found that although the participants in the sessions were aware of the issues, their carbon footprints were around the average for the UK, so with plenty of scope for learning and action.
Sessions are very practical, and create the opportunity for people to think about their needs, and how to meet them in a low-carbon way. The programme also deliberately focuses on emotional support and group work, knowing that making changes with others is more fun and easier than doing it alone. See http://www.leicesterfootpaths.org.uk/ for more background information.
We have already had a lot of interest, and booked the facilitator training for the weekend of 22/23rd April. It’s not too late to sign up – please let us know if you are interested (firstname.lastname@example.org).