Climate Emergency

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The Climate Emergency facing our world is a very real issue, but there is plenty we can do to take action to help protect our planet.

Cheshire West and Chester Council declared a Climate Emergency in the borough in 2019 and put forward its Climate Emergency Response plan, which aims to help the borough become carbon neutral by 2045.

This is a space to share ideas, stories and tips about what you are doing locally to reduce your carbon emissions and impact on the environment. Now's the time to react and play your part to make our borough carbon neutral.


The Climate Emergency facing our world is a very real issue, but there is plenty we can do to take action to help protect our planet.

Cheshire West and Chester Council declared a Climate Emergency in the borough in 2019 and put forward its Climate Emergency Response plan, which aims to help the borough become carbon neutral by 2045.

This is a space to share ideas, stories and tips about what you are doing locally to reduce your carbon emissions and impact on the environment. Now's the time to react and play your part to make our borough carbon neutral.


What are you doing to tackle the Climate Emergency?

Residents, community groups, schools and businesses across the borough are busy playing their part to protect our local environment and reduce their impact on the planet by reducing their carbon emissions.

Lots of people taking action together can make a big impact and we want to hear all about the things you are doing. It could be a short tip, a blog or vlog on a certain topic, a pledge to say what you hope to achieve or about an event you’ve organised.

By sharing your story, you could inspire others across the borough to take action today and help us achieve our ambition of being a carbon neutral borough.

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We may occasionally contact people who have uploaded an inspiring story to ask if we could share it wider, such as on the Council's social media channels or our Climate Emergency enewsletter. We will always ask permission before we do this and we will only share stories with your approval.

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    Ditch the car – help the climate and your health. I did.

    by Patrick Eakin, 3 months ago

    And I’m a GP. Having not cycled since primary school, it was remarkable how little time it took me to get back on a bicycle and then before I knew it, I had sold my car and the bicycle was my primary mode of transport.

    I always had excuses for not doing it before: How would I visit patients? What about the traffic? Rain?

    But, with a second-hand bike picked up by my wife, I cycled into town a few times. First, just to catch the train, then to do some shopping. It was so simple; work was the next... Continue reading

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    The importance of bees

    3 months ago

    World Bee Day, Friday 20 May 2022, is a great opportunity to consider what we can all do to make our outdoor spaces better for bees.

    Gardeners have noticed that there is less of a buzz in the air because bee numbers have been falling dramatically in recent years. Experts are worried that this trend might continue and, if it does, it could have serious implications.

    Bees visit flowers to collect nectar and pollen, which they use as food for themselves and the larvae in their hives or nests. By moving from flower to flower, bees are important pollinators of... Continue reading

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    Why 2,000 homes in Ellesmere Port could help solve our climate crisis

    3 months ago

    An area of up to 2,000 properties in Ellesmere Port has made the shortlist (of two) to be the UK’s first ‘hydrogen village’.

    Ellesmere Port could be home to the UK’s first ‘hydrogen village’ in a project that’s critical to helping solve the global climate crisis.

    Up to 2,000 properties in the Whitby area of the town would stop using natural gas for heating and cooking, and instead use hydrogen.

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    New videos put climate change on shopping list

    by Grace Marshall, 4 months ago


    Winsford shoppers will be getting something for nothing in the form of top tips on tackling climate change.

    NHS Cheshire CCG has joined forces with Cheshire West and Chester Council and local animator Lazerray Motion, to produce a series of short videos that are being screened in the CineWindow in Winsford Cross Shopping Centre.

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    Learn to get your cycle roadworthy.

    by Ian S, 4 months ago

    The Chester Cycling Campaign, with the support of Bren Bikes, is offering introductory cycle maintenance courses on the first Wednesday of each month during the summer. We aim to show you how to fix a puncture, to check your bike for roadworthiness and adjust it for comfort. The courses are free and can be booked at chestercyclecity.org
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    Eco Communities May What's On and save the date Festivals

    by Eco Communities , 4 months ago

    We have lots on each month, but they are not much fun unless you join us.

    We have at least two litter picks, this month we are back on the Million Mile Clean from the Countess of Chester Park. We will be completing a Citizen Science project on producers contribution to littering.

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    Eco Communities are on a Million Mile Mission to keep Chester clean - 7th May - 3pm

    by Eco Communities , 4 months ago

    We are still on our Million Mile Mission to keep Chester Clean. Help with our Citizen science project to report back on those brands causing the most litter, key to ensuring businesses change.

    7th May - 3pm
    Countess of Chester Park, Friendly Bench.

    BOOK HERE

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    How Volunteering can Inspire you to make a Difference

    by Eco Communities , 4 months ago


    Volunteering means giving your time and abilities to aid others (usually a non-profit organisation like Eco Communities) without reward. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness. Want to do something... Continue reading

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    Fighting food waste

    4 months ago

    Wednesday 27 April is ‘Stop food waste’ day. A time to be grateful for the good food we eat and reflect on how much we buy and waste.

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    Save the earth one litter pick at a time

    by Eco Communities , 4 months ago

    Eco Communities ask you to act as part of ‘A Billion Acts of Green’ this Earth Day and become a volunteer

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