Berwick together for climate and nature

Berwick Climate and Nature (BerwickCAN) is a grassroots climate and nature action group based in Berwick-upon-Tweed which began as a litter-picking group in 2014. Our aim is to help implement Northumberland County Council’s Climate Change Action Plan 2021-23 in the Berwick area. To achieve this, the Council has invited BerwickCAN into their Community Climate Champion scheme to:

“help spread awareness of climate change and the initiative the Council are taking to help reach carbon neutrality”

Northumberland County Council

Northumberland County Council pledges to reduce carbon emissions by 2025 and to achieve carbon neutral by 2030. This means taking out of the environment the same amount of emissions that go into it. Below are ways which you can help to achieve this goal:

While there are many “quick” and “medium wins” to reduce carbon emissions, one of the “long-term wins” is to think about energy efficient ways to heat and power your home. In order to meet UK commitments under the Paris Agreement to stay below 1.5C, and legal obligations under the Climate Change Act 2008, as amended in 2019, campaigning group Insulate Britain points out that “emissions from heating and powering homes must be reduced by 78% in less than 15 years and then to zero by 2050”. Almost 15% of the UK’s total emissions come from heating homes alone.

Locally, Berwick releases about 75 tonnes of carbon into the environment every year. Most of this is not absorbed by trees, the sea, green landscapes and in other ways, “causing devasting effects to our natural environment and to our health” (NCC). Yet, Berwick CAN do a lot to mitigate against the climate and nature crises, and enhance wellbeing and mental health. This is why Berwick CAN has launched a Clean Air Berwick Campaign for a #GreenerBerwick.

BerwickCAN is also contributing to The Climate Coalition’s Great Big Green Week in Berwick and is funded by the Northumberland Climate Change Funded. This national event will take place from 24th September to 2nd October 2022 (The Great Big Green Week).

“Our actions reinforce, deepen, and can even irrevocably alter our sense of who we are. Not only that, but what we do changes others, too.”

Katherine Hayhoe (2021) Saving us: A climate scientist’s case for hope and healing in a divided world.