Local MP Anna McMorrin joins forces with over 150 local residents to form the Cardiff North Eco Team as Wales celebrates its first Climate Week online.
Residents, elected representatives and community groups came together virtually yesterday evening (4th November) to form Cardiff North’s first Eco Team – a community network to help raise awareness of the climate crisis and empower each other with easy, affordable ideas to live in a more eco-friendly way.
The Eco Team aims to create a healthier, happier and more sustainable Cardiff North and is a platform to share knowledge, expertise and ideas for local projects to live more sustainably and reduce the community’s impact on the environment.
The Member of Parliament for Cardiff North, Anna McMorrin who organised and launched the Eco Team, said:
“Despite the challenges and pressures of the pandemic on families and livelihoods, Cardiff North has told me the climate emergency remains one of their top priorities and they want to do their part to help tackle it.
Many families have contacted me who are really trying to make eco-friendly decisions in their daily lives, but don’t always find them convenient, affordable or sometimes don’t even know where to start.
Raising awareness, empowering ourselves and each other to make small and achievable changes at home and working together in our communities is at the heart of the Cardiff North Eco Team. I’m really excited to work with the community and collaborate with existing local projects to get this fantastic initiative off the ground and help improve accessibility to sustainability.”
The project launch coincides with Wales Climate Week, with businesses, local government and communities across the nation coming together to share ideas and collaborate on ways to reduce our environmental impact for a low carbon Wales.
A number of ideas discussed included a “Before I Buy” initiative – a community borrowing scheme to prevent unnecessary purchases and landfill waste, as well as a vegetable community sharing programme.
Martine Brown, Climate Ambassador for Birchgrove Women’s Institute and core member of the Eco Team said:
“This is an excellent initiative that will really help to spread awareness of the climate crisis locally and how to live a more sustainable life in a way that is accessible and affordable to all. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we achieve in the coming months.”