An event to combining creativity, nature and community in Carlisle will be held tomorrow to celebrate how the city can tackle the climate crisis.
Part of national Great Big Green Week, the event will be held between 10am and 2pm outside the Old Town Hall.
Great Big Green Week, organised by the Climate Coalition, takes place between tomorrow and September 26.
It aims to celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect nature, to encourage others to get involved, and to show the groundswell of support for climate action.
In Carlisle, local artists and organisations are coming together for the city centre event.
These include Sustainable Carlisle, Carlisle One World Centre, Cumbria Organic Farmers and Gardeners, Garden Organic/Cumbria Master Composters, Food Carlisle, Carlisle Cycle Community Hub and Carlisle City Council.
Councillor Nigel Christian, portfolio holder for environment and transport on Carlisle City Council, said: “We have made a commitment to tackle climate change and we will play our role in protecting the environment. We have put in place a programme of action and are working to encourage behavioural change.
“We, along with our partners, are committed to ensuring that services are delivered in a way that protects the quality of the environment and minimises any adverse impact on community well-being. We are part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership that successfully bid for £2.5 million of National Lottery funding to cut carbon emissions in the county.
“We are working to reduce our carbon footprint and are supporting the installation of electric vehicle charging points within the city and are striving to have a more efficient fleet of council vehicles. We already have in place several 100% electric vehicles and aim to extend the number of charging points within our car parks.
“We are working with Cumbria County Council on their walking and cycling strategy with the aim of promoting sustainable transport.
“Other initiatives include sustainable planning for St Cuthbert’s Garden Village. This exciting initiative aims to achieve zero carbon communities in as far as this is possible.
“The Energy Masterplan in the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal will also deliver bespoke plans for the area and improvements to Carlisle Railway Station, providing a transport hub to encourage the use of sustainable transport.
“We will continue to take positive steps forward and are committed to our Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.”