Lack of Community projects in Cornwall addressing Challenge of Climate Change

Organisers of a Conference in Bodmin are claiming that there are a lack of community projects in Cornwall, which are addressing the environmental challenge of Climate Change…

Community organisation Cornwall Waste Action is co-ordinating the Sustainable Action in your Community conference in partnership with Rezolve Kernow, which is being held at the Shire House in Bodmin on April 10th 2008.

Research by Cornwall Waste Action, has discovered that Cornwall has the least amount of Community waste sector projects, when compared to most other counties In England.

A comparison of activity between Cornwall and Devon on community composting activity reveals there are over 25 community composting projects in Devon, ranging from small groups working on allotment sites or promoting home composting, to social enterprises with Local Authority contracts providing kerbside collection services, whilst in Cornwall there are only three active composting projects.

There are a wider range of community based projects, that the conference organisers would like to see developed in Cornwall, to promote sustainability, these include furniture and timber re-use projects to the creation of community gardens and plastic bag free town initiatives.

Cornwall Waste Action Co-ordinator Guy Doncaster says, “This event is not about discussing the environmental challenges of the future and complaining, we want people to take action in their own communities and do something that can collectively make a difference, through lifestyle change or sustainable community based initiatives”. Mr Doncaster added “Throughout the UK, local people are establishing projects that help address the problems associated with climate change. In Cornwall there is interest in such activities, but we now need to engage the involvement of everyone in the community, to enable a sustainable future both locally and globally.”

The Sustainable Action in your Community conference will provide practical advice on how to start up, promote and run community based sustainability projects. The event will be opened by Dan Rogerson, the MP for Bodmin and co-chair of the Parliamentary Sustainable Waste Group and will feature a keynote speech from David Meneer, Chief Executive of Fifteen Cornwall and former Eden Project Marketing Director.

The event is aimed at delegates from existing community organisations as well as interested individuals who want to be part of the movement for a sustainable change in Cornwall. Organisers are keen to have a diverse range of delegates attend, to enable the conference to have a greater impact.

All delegates will be encouraged to take away practical actions for use in their own communities. Whilst expert speakers will give presentations and run workshops on subjects ranging from social enterprises and furniture reuse to buy-local schemes and community

For more information and to book a delegate space contact Cornwall Waste Action.

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