A new centre in the heart of Lewes to provide information, and guidance on action to tackle climate change is being set up by a coalition of local groups – and hopes to open its doors in the Spring.
Across the country, climate emergency centres (CECs) are starting to be established. In Ilford, Guildford and Exeter, centres are being set up by volunteers to share ideas and information on how local communities can take action both to reduce climate change and manage its impacts. As the effects of climate change become more evident – and the fight against it more urgent – a physical space where local people can go to address concerns and challenges may become increasingly valuable.
Unsurprisingly, lots of people have been keen to help a CEC take shape in Lewes. The result is Lewes Climate Hub. After months of work by members of a range of local groups (see below) Lewes Climate Hub is making its home at 2 Fisher Street – just around the corner from the Lewes Tourist Information Centre.
Lewes Climate Hub will be sharing this space with Lewes Community Volunteers – the volunteering group that’s emerged out of Lewes Coronavirus Volunteers. Lewes Climate Hub plans to provide plenty of practical information and inspiring ideas on a range of issues – from how households and businesses can cut carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency, to community action to improve biodiversity, generate clean energy and help support local food production. The Hub will also provide signposting to local climate projects in which residents can get involved.
Obviously, under current Covid-19 restrictions, Lewes Climate Hub can’t open its doors to the public just yet – but it will be providing window displays and is planning a range of remote events through its website at www.lewesclimatehub.org. You may have already seen its Christmas window display (pictured).
The success of Lewes Climate Hub will, of course, be down to the energy and expertise contributed by its affiliate groups and the support of local residents. If you are part of a local community group that would like to become an affiliate of Lewes Climate Hub, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you’d like to keep up to date with Lewes Climate Hub’s latest news, subscribe here.
Lewes Climate Hub – affiliate groups so far
- Common Cause
- Community Energy South
- Cycle Lewes
- Friends of Lewes
- Lewes Extinction Rebellion
- Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust
- Ovesco Community Energy
- Plastic Free Lewes
- Transition Town Lewes
- Seaford Environmental Alliance
More about our affiliate groups here