LOCAL: Community Group Hosts Event To Promote Sustainability

A voluntary group in Hanover is set to host an event which will develop a plan for a more sustainable community.

One Planet Living is being held on Saturday 28th November by Hanover Action for Sustainable Living, a group run by local residents and based in the Hanover community centre. Consisting of a range of workshops designed to develop an action plan for the area, it is based on the ten principles of local charity Bioregional, which supports communities to cut carbon emissions, preserve local culture and promote wellbeing amongst the population.

Hanover Action for Sustainable Living was founded in 2009, after a film screening encouraged a group of residents to seek practical steps they could take against climate change. It has since had successes with projects such as a community garden, and has received support from local Green MP Caroline Lucas. Recently, it held a ‘Feeding the 5000’ event on The Level, in which free meals were created from food which otherwise would have gone to waste. The community centre they operate from is pioneering in itself, having reduced its carbon emissions as an example to local residents into how they could achieve the same results in their own homes.

The One Planet Living event is being held the day before a large-scale protest in London, organised by the Campaign Against Climate Change. While One Planet Living focusses on making change at a grassroots level, the march is directed at governments in the hope they will be persuaded to take meaningful action at the UN Climate Change Conference this December. Current data suggests that global temperatures will eventually rise by 3°C above pre-industrial levels, a figure which Oxfam has labelled “disastrous”.

One Planet Living is being held on Saturday 28th November at the Hanover Centre. For more information go to: www.hasl.org.uk

by Tommer Spence

The Verse Staff

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