Going Carbon Neutral – The Story of Ashton Hayes with Garry Charnock
Please note: This event is now fully booked
There’s a rare chance to hear how a small Cheshire community became England’s first village to set its sights on going carbon neutral.
Garry Charnock, the driving force behind it, will tell you the story of Ashton Hayes’s ‘bottom-up’ community-led journey and what the impact has been.
Launched in January 2006, this apolitical project has inspired behavioural change and residents have saved an average of 24 per cent on their energy use (with some saving 50 per cent). Emissions from air travel and car use have also reduced by at least 35 per cent.
In addition to the carbon savings the project has given residents the confidence to start a host of other social actiivities. The community has planted 14,000 trees, mapped local biodiversity, bought the community shop, developed an award-winning recreational ground and formed a community energy company that has enabled the primary school to become carbon negative from May to September.
Not surprisingly, the project has attracted widespread support from the local community and from the University of Chester, local government, numerous businesses and the media. The village has now linked with hundreds of like-minded communities around the world and has featured extensively in global media.
There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discuss how such an approach could work in your community.
The event is at Wilf’s Café in Staveley on 29 November, and even includes a buffet. There are just 45 free tickets available and priority will go to residents of South Lakeland if we’re oversubscribed, as the event is possible thanks to funding from the district’s council.
We’d suggest booking quickly!
Location: Wilf’s Cafe, Staveley nr Kendal
Timings: 6.30pm for buffet. Talk begins at 7pm. Event closes at 9pm.
Accessibility: The event is upstairs and there is no lift access.
Garry was also a founder trustee of Pure Leapfrog, a charity supporting community action on climate change. In 2011 he was awarded Climate Week’sInspirational Leader in Climate Change and in 2016 he was named by Foreign Policy in Washington D.C. as Global Thinker. Last year he was a keynote speaker at the Telluride Mountain Film festival in Colorado and also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Chester for his work on community engagement in climate change action. Garry is a water engineer and journalist by background and is married with two sons.