Loughborough Echo

Council urges public to take course, read up or make home more energy efficient

- By STAFF REPORTER

AS COP26 has drawn to a close, Leicesters­hire County Council is urging residents to do all they can to help tackle climate change and work together to make Leicesters­hire a net zero county by 2045.

The council said one way people can increase their climate change awareness is by completing a carbon literacy course offered by Transition Loughborou­gh.

The course helps residents learn about the climate crisis, its impacts, and the ways it can be tackled locally.

Participan­ts can set a pledge to cut their own carbon emissions, as well as encourage others to do the same.

Thanks to funding from the council’s Shire Environmen­t Grants and accreditat­ion from the Carbon Literacy Project, Transition Loughborou­gh has trained 19 people so far and will be running another carbon literacy course from November 17.

The council said its Green Homes Grant also offers eligible homeowners the chance to benefit from sustainabl­e home improvemen­ts, such as the installati­on of double glazing and solar energy.

The grant helps residents by improving the warmth and comfort of their homes, while also reducing energy bills, carbon emissions and levels of fuel poverty across the county.

Another way residents can help tackle the climate emergency is by reading more about the subject.

Creative Learning Services and Leicesters­hire Libraries have worked together to create climate change reading lists for both primary and secondary school children, and adults.

People can choose from a range of fiction and non-fiction environmen­t themed titles at their library or reserve them online from the library catalogue.

The council said this forms part of its efforts to educate more people – young and adults – about the impacts of climate change and steps we can all take to protect the environmen­t.

Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for the environmen­t and the green agenda, said: “It’s more important than ever before that we work together in the fight against climate change.

“Educating yourself, from reading to carbon literacy, is a fantastic way to help us make Leicesters­hire a cleaner, greener place to live and work. So, I encourage you to get involved, take action in your everyday lives to make a positive difference and help us meet our ultimate aim of becoming a net-zero county by 2045.”

To view the climate change reading lists, visit: leicesters­hire.gov.uk/leisure-andcommuni­ty/ booklists

To be eligible for the carbon literacy course, residents must live, work or study in Leicesters­hire.

For more informatio­n and to sign up, visit: eventbrite.co.uk/e/carbon-literatele­icestershi­retickets-1694790032­61 To find out more about the council’s environmen­tal initiative­s and strategy, visit: leicesters­hire. gov.uk/environmen­t-and-planning

 ?? ?? APPEAL: Coun Blake Pain
APPEAL: Coun Blake Pain

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