A road show with a wealth of the best green living tips will be touring the village halls and town halls of Wiltshire and Swindon between Friday 6 February and Wednesday 25 March.
The Greener Living Roadshow, run by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, will have masses of free information on hand about how families and individuals can really make a difference to the planet, their pocket and future generations. It will run 10 events, two in each of the existing local authority districts.
Although the core theme of the event is climate change, the Roadshow will pull together a wide range of environmental issues that will draw in people with different interests.
“Many people are realising that doing nothing about climate change is no longer an option. We all have a part to play, but sometimes people simply don’t know where to start,” says Emma Harrington, project officer from the Trust’s Environmental Action team.
“According to our research, individuals do not see addressing climate change as a stand alone issue; they see it as part of a range of lifestyle changes they wish to make to improve their quality of life and create a better world. They are right, and deserve our help.”
The Roadshows are aimed at all members of the public, whether they have never considered their impact on the environment before or are already very green.
Each individual event will be tailored to take account of the interests of local green groups, or schools and businesses with a green connection. These are being invited to join in with the mass of stalls, stands, activities and experts that will make up the Roadshows, and will help people become more aware of what services and groups are available locally, so they might feel inspired to get involved.
“The team has put together some really great ideas about how we can help to curb climate change from many different angles,” says Emma. “Our aim is not to alarm or lecture anyone, but simply to get out and support people face-to-face where they live.”
The Roadshow’s likely offerings:
• A demonstration of the Wiltshire Green Map, an online resource for promoting and accessing local environmental initiatives.
• Stalls from local green groups from the Worldchangers Network.
• Advice on local walks, nature reserves and conservation projects that promote health through enjoyment of the natural environment.
• Demonstrations of local food from local suppliers.
• Samples of environmentally friendly cleaning products and cosmetics, and solar energy gadgets.
• Advisors from the Energy Saving Trust and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme).
• Inspirational videos.
• Energy conservation suggestions for the home.
• Advice about reducing waste, including composting. The Trust’s local compost ambassadors will be invited to attend and hold workshops.
• Stalls from other environmental organisations.
Competitions around the climate change theme are currently being run in primary schools through the Trust’s Environmental Learning Team and the children’s work will be displayed at the Roadshows too.
“We hope people will come along to one of the Roadshows during a lunch break or while shopping to find out how they can do their bit to protect our environment with a New Year’s resolution of putting at least one thing into practice,” adds Emma.
The Roadshow will be at the following venues:
Friday 6 February – Warminster Assembly Rooms 12-4pm
Saturday 7 February – Aldbourne Memorial Hall 10-2pm
Saturday 14 February – Downton Memorial Hall 10-2pm
Saturday 21 February – Paxcroft Mead Community Centre, Trowbridge 10-2pm
Sunday 22 February – Corsham Town Hall 11-3pm
Saturday 28 February – Malmesbury Town Hall 10-4pm
Sunday 8 March – Swindon Steam Museum 11-2pm
Saturday 14 March – Salisbury United Reformed Church Hall (Fisherton Street) 10-3pm
Saturday 21 March – Pewsey’s Bouverie Hall 10-2pm
Wednesday 25 March – Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon 10-2pm