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Council teams up with Lichfield environmental groups

Mike Kinghan, Chris Cole, Robin Taylor, Ruth Plant, Cllr David Smith and Kate Sadler (member of LoCaL)

Mike Kinghan, Chris Cole, Robin Taylor, Ruth Plant, Cllr David Smith and Kate Sadler (member of LoCaL)

Environmental groups in the area are being joined by Lichfield District Council in their bid to fight climate change.

Council officials have met with with members of Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group (WFEG) and Low Carbon Lichfield (or LoCaL) to discuss ways to encourage more people across the district to create low carbon action groups in their area.

Councillor David Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council, explained:

“We are committed to reducing Lichfield District’s carbon footprint, and commend local groups such as WFEG and LoCaL, who are working on ways to fight climate change and reduce energy use in their area.

“I am sure there are lots of people across the district that are worried about climate change and want to make a difference. This is why we’re helping local people to form their own action groups.”

Residents can visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/gogreen to see hints and tips about how to reduce their carbon footprint and log their intention to start or to join a low carbon group.

Michael Kinghan, chairman of Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group, added:

“Climate change affects everyone and we need to reduce our use of fossil fuels dramatically. The good news is ‘green living’ is smart living. Saving energy makes sense for our pockets as well as for the planet and its inhabitants – both human and animal. Governments, businesses, organisations and individuals all have an important part to play in fighting climate change. 

 “If you would like help to set up your own group please contact me via mike@wfeg.org.uk. Or, if you are interested in joining us, come along to one of our informal social evenings on the first Thursday of every month at 8pm in The Bell Inn, in Whittington. For more information, please visit www.wfeg.org.uk.”

Robin Taylor, founder of Low Carbon Lichfield, added:

“We’re delighted the District Council is so supportive of our aims, and has pledged to help create more low carbon action groups. As a fast growing network of local people, businesses and organisations, we are working together to transform Lichfield into a low carbon city. Our aim is to encourage and advise households, businesses and private and voluntary organisations in the district to reduce their carbon footprints, and to get behind the call to invest in alternative, sustainable sources of energy.

“Everyone is welcome to join us. We meet for the Green Drinks open forum every third Wednesday of the month and formally every fourth Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at the King’s Head in Lichfield. For more information please call 01543 263704 or email r.taylor@virgin.net.”

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