Manchester wins funding boost for pioneering Zero Carbon Communities Campaign to launch in Spring 2021!
The funds from Hubbub and a development grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will see the project aim boost environmental engagement and shape the direction of climate action in five Manchester neighbourhoods, as the community-focussed element of a wider programme of multi-level climate action across the city. The city is committed to urgent action to reduce our Carbon Dioxide emissions by 50% during 2020-2025 and down to zero by 2038 at the very latest,and five of our local communities will be suported by an inovative multi-agency collaboration between Manchester Climate Change Agency and Partnership, Hubbub, Manchester City Council, The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Amity.
Manchester Climate Change Agency will work with five community groups and a range of citywide partners, serving as a bridge to help grassroots community preferences and needs to feed into the work of strategic organisations that can make a real difference to people’s lives.
Environmental charity Hubbub will lead on the campaigns and communications element of the programme, trialling a series of neighbourhood initiatives and running a positive city-wide communications providing residents across Manchester with practical tips and advice for living more sustainably.
Gavin Ellis, Co-founder of Hubbub says: “We know that people are increasingly concerned about climate change, but they aren’t always sure what they can do to make a difference. This support from The National Lottery Community Fund will be invaluable in helping Manchester residents understand the simple changes they can make to their everyday lives to play their part in tackling climate change. We look forward to announcing more details of our plans next week and to supporting Manchester on its journey to become net zero.”
Councillor Angeliki Stogia, Executive Member for Environment, Planning and Transport at Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester is leading an ambitious programme of zero carbon action where everyone plays their part. Our vision is for a green city with walkable neighbourhoods, clean air, good jobs, warm homes and affordable energy, safe cycling routes and a public transport system that works for everyone. This calls for everyone to get involved now. Our participation in this programme will support our residents and communities to learn and share practical ways to reduce our carbon footprint every day and empower communities to be at the heart of taking action on climate change”.
Lisa Lingard at Manchester Climate Change Agency, says: “This funding from The National Lottery will enable Manchester to put our communities and residents at the heart of climate action at a local level, invest in community-led projects and demonstrate how communities working together with a range of organisations can learn from each other to address the climate emergency”.