New assistance for rural communities on the journey to Net Zero
Action with Communities in Rural Kent and The Bay Trust are delighted to announce a partnership arrangement to help rural communities contribute to the Net Zero Carbon agenda.
The partnership will see the two charities deliver a series of events, training and bespoke project support to community groups, charitable bodies, social enterprises et al involved in operation of village halls, community-led housing, green space, retail, transport and further initiatives in villages and small towns across Kent & Medway. This will draw upon the community development and environmental education expertise within this partnership.
It is intended that the partnership will support rural communities to achieve a wide-range of successes – from simple, every day, measures that can be taken to reduce waste through to creation of “showcase” projects that can inspire communities to take positive environmental action no matter where they are.
As befitting a project focused on sustainability, both charities view the partnership as something for the long-term and as something that will be shaped by the beneficiaries and members they serve.
Sir Crispin Tickell, Patron of The Bay Trust, said ““We cannot rely on national governments alone to bring the rapid and radical changes needed to properly address increasing climate destabilisation. This initiative is invaluable in guiding and encouraging timely local community responses to a Net Zero Carbon future.”
Richard King, Chair of Action with Communities in Rural Kent, added “unless action is taken now Global Warming is on course to create an unprecedented climate disaster. It is the biggest threat ever faced by humanity and Rural Kent is keen to play its part in positively assisting the move to reducing the planet’s net. carbon emissions to zero as swiftly as possible.”
The first events operated by the partnership will take place during the spring and summer of 2021.