Communities

MEA recognises that our communities offer the potential for sustained action on fuel poverty, climate change and wider sustainability. We believe this can create more inclusive and resilient communities better able to respond to these challenges.

We grieve for what we have unleashed, and yet through that grief comes hope, hope for radical action, and a better way of living. We sense the ground is shifting and that slowly we may now start to see change seep in. However we are not naïve about this being easy, or even whether this will end well. But we must work today to bring about change with whatever opportunities come our way.

We also know that communities need support to make this happen. We think we can help. Below are some areas where we could work together:

1. Community training. We can provide Carbon Literacy training for your community in a full day interactive session, which is accredited.

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2. We currently run a successful Climate Change Communications Service, now in its 10th year, which raises awareness about climate change and encourages individuals and communities to take positive steps towards a low carbon lifestyle. It supports community groups across two counties via a monthly newsletter, website, training and events. We would be happy to develop a similar service for other areas.

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3. Our Fantastic Home exhibition is a mobile energy efficiency exhibition – a “house on wheels” – which offers home energy efficiency and domestic renewables advice in a fun, interactive and engaging way. It visits around 20 community-focused events per year. It is available for hire and comes with an experienced, qualified member of our staff.

Other areas of work we could develop

  1. We’ve got to make sure that vulnerable householders are not left behind as the Climate Emergency unfolds. They must benefit properly from the energy saving, innovation and energy generation opportunities that are emerging.
  2. Working with householders to develop deep retrofit projects achieving cuts in energy and carbon of up to 90%. These will need to combine finance, installers, products and householder aspirations.
  3. Working with faith networks to link faith and action on climate change.
  4. Developing projects with communities and Network Operators, to move energy supply and demand onto a low carbon trajectory. This could include the use and uptake of electric vehicles, opportunities to trade electricity locally, implement energy storage solutions, or develop smart grid applications, tariff changes and/or renewable energy generation.

To discuss how we could work together please contact Simon Ross on 01743 277106 or email simon@mea.org.uk

Find out how we can help

Contact Simon Ross on 01743 246007
or email simon@mea.org.uk