Join our friendly new community group!

Join Su Billington from Community Hub at Front and local climate expert Patricia Thornley as they welcome you to our friendly new monthly community group focussing on sustainable living.

There will be a different topic discussed at each session; from eating more environmentally friendly food and gardening in a sustainable way, to reducing transport and energy impacts.

The informal monthly group meetings are happening on the first Wednesday evening of every month, from February to July 2022, at the Community Hub at FRONT, Sixways.

Knowledgeable local volunteers are on-hand to inform and guide, bringing the group together to support each other in tackling climate change and making a difference for our community.

Tickets are free of charge but we would like people to sign up by using the Eventbrite links given under each workshop or by emailing ckfutures@charltonkingsparishcouncil.gov.uk

You are very welcome to attend all of the workshops, but it's also absolutely fine to just book in for individual sessions which are of particular interest. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday 2nd February, 7 – 9pm, Free

We will start with some introductions to get a better understanding of why everyone is here and what we all want to get out of the sessions. Then we will explore what sustainability actually means.

We will focus on climate change and look at our own carbon footprints, but also discuss other big environmental challenges e.g. biodiversity and water.

Visit Eventbrite or email ckfutures@charltonkingsparishcouncil.gov.uk to register for this session.

Wednesday 2nd March, 7 – 9pm, Free

We will look at what we eat, how our food is grown and what impact food production (and waste) has on the environment.

How much difference does vegetarianism/veganism make? Is organic and free-range better? Is it always best to buy locally produced?

We will share practical tips on reducing food waste (introducing our community fridge!) and recipe ideas for lower impact eating.

Visit Eventbrite or email ckfutures@charltonkingsparishcouncil.gov.uk to register for this session.

Wednesday 6th April, 7 – 9pm, Free

We will look at the journeys we typically make in and around Charlton Kings.

How do most people travel? What are the viable options? How much fuel and carbon emissions would be saved by taking different modes of transport? Is home delivery of goods more environmentally friendly than supermarket trips?

But also what prevents us from choosing more sustainable transport options. We will share tips and knowledge on cycling, safe routes for children, bus costs and the large environmental impacts of travel further afield.

Visit Eventbrite or email ckfutures@charltonkingsparishcouncil.gov.uk to register for this session.

Wednesday 4th May, 7 – 9pm, Free

We will carry out a practical exercise to calculate how much water we each consume at home. By thinking about how significant different elements of water consumption are in our different lifestyles we will get a better idea of where we can focus energy to get the biggest reductions.

We will also look at how much waste the typical household produces, what it is made up of and what happens to it; then focusing on how to minimize waste by sharing tips on re-use, recycling etc.

Visit Eventbrite or email ckfutures@charltonkingsparishcouncil.gov.uk to register for this session.

Wednesday 1st June, 7 – 9pm, Free

With smart meters installed in many homes there is a lot of information potentially available on how much domestic gas and electricity we use. But how much do we use this information and what can we do with it?

We will look at the key appliances in a home that use most electricity and how to reduce that, comparing experiences of lower energy alternatives. We will share benchmarks on annual domestic gas consumption for different houses and families; exploring what drives this and how we can therefore reduce our heating bills.

Local residents with experience of technologies such as heat pumps and solar will share their experience of these.

Visit Eventbrite or email ckfutures@charltonkingsparishcouncil.gov.uk to register for this session.

Wednesday 6th July, 7 – 9pm, Free

The carbon footprint of what we use in the UK far exceeds that of what we make.

Our consumption of products ranging from fashion textiles through to mobile phones and wooden furniture has far-reaching environmental implications around the globe.

We will consider how to be a more informed consumer in managing this. We will also share experience of different green utility tariffs and to what extent we think they are effective and consider what role there is for ethical banking and whether it really matters where we stash our pension pots.

Visit Eventbrite or email ckfutures@charltonkingsparishcouncil.gov.uk to register for this session.