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Our Membership

The Wiltshire Climate Alliance was established to bring groups and individuals together. To create a place where people who are passionate about climate change or are concerned about the impact human activity has on the environment can share ideas and tell the world what they are doing. 

How do you become a member?

Joining The Wiltshire Climate Alliance could not be easier. You can join either as an individual or as an association, just click on the relevant box and you will be asked to complete a very short form. If you join as an association, we can add a listing of your group below so that people who are interested in these important issues can become involved.

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Zero Chippenham.

Zero Chippenham is a not-for-profit, voluntary group dedicated to zero carbon, zero waste and zero pollution. In the face of a climate and ecological emergency, our top priority is tackling the causes of climate change by helping our community reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2030, in accordance with the science.

Our current action areas are:

  • Community Energy: including PV for schools and our Community Solar Panel Discount Scheme;

  • Sustainable Transport: including events such as our Electric Vehicle Day at Castle Combe, scheduled for Spring 2021;

  • Tree Planting: including working with the Town Council and partnering with local farmers to plant trees through our Tree Planting Scheme Carbon Offset Scheme

  • Air Pollution: including using mobile Air Quality Monitoring equipment to raise awareness and identify low pollution walking, running and cycling routes for school children and others;

  • Community Engagement: building on events such as our Sustainability Day and Sustainable Business Conference, schools and community events, and the recent Climate Emergency Workshop at Chippenham Area Board.

For more information about our activities and how to get involved please visit our website.

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Climate Friendly Bradford-on-Avon.

Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon works to reduce carbon emissions and increase sustainability in the Bradford on Avon area.

Our activities are frequent, wide ranging, both fun and serious.
We take every opportunity to raise awareness and take practical action.

We are totally inclusive and there is plenty of opportunity for people of all ages, abilities and interests to get involved.

All are welcome at our monthly meetings, where we usually have a speaker, as well as time for questions and to chat...  Here is the link to our website.

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Sustainable Devizes.

Sustainable Devizes is a community group seeking ways to strengthen the local economy, reduce our environmental impact, and build resilience for a future beyond cheap energy and a changing climate. We are part of the Transition Network “A movement of communities coming together to re-imagine and rebuild our world”.

For more details of our aims and activities see the About page.

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Trowbridge Environmental Community.

Our aims:

  • To raise awareness of environmental issues in and around Trowbridge

  • Encourage local communities to participate through positive practical action, demonstration and discussion

  • Work with other local groups, charities and local councils to make Trowbridge a more resilient place for future generations

  • Inspire and motivate others and change lifestyle to the better of our community

Interesting in joining us? Here is link to our website

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Salisbury Transition City

Salisbury Transition City was set up in 2015, it sees itself as a catalyst and partner to inspire, encourage, enable and work alongside those who want to develop and action a plan for a sustainable Salisbury.  We cannot achieve much alone but when we work alongside each other, learning from each other and playing to our individual strengths, we can achieve real change. 

 

We are not politically affiliated to any party or movement; the issues are too large and important for that, because we are a grassroots movement, the drive for change will come from the community.

 

For more information visit our website HERE 

Royal Wootton Bassett Environmental Group.

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We are a friendly, inclusive group of people of different ages and interests in the environment.

Most of us live in Royal Wootton Bassett, and the surrounding areas. Members include long-time environmental campaigners as well as those who are just starting to want to find out more and everyone in between. Whether you are enthusiastic about sustainable food or into recycling and zero waste, looking after our local wildlife and land, or reducing carbon emissions, you’ll find someone here to share your interests.

We meet each month (currently online) to share information and ideas about living more sustainably – both as individuals and as a town. We usually have a guest speaker. Recent topics have included talks on our local nature reserves, gardening for wildlife, and how we can use a green recovery from the pandemic to transition to a sustainable future. We also have two project working groups on developing a cycling network, and rewilding our town. 

Everyone is welcome!  Please visit our website on the following link to find out more or join our Facebook group here 

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Extinction Rebellion - Various groups across Wiltshire.

Our world is in crisis. Life itself is under threat. Yet every crisis contains the possibility of transformation. Across the world, heralded by the young, people are waking up and coming together. 

We hear history calling to us from the future. We catch glimpses of a new world of love, respect and regeneration, where we have restored the intricate web of all life. It’s a future that’s inside us all – located in the fierce love we carry for our children, in our urge to help a stranger in distress, in our wish to forgive, even when that seems too much to ask. 

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.

There are several XR groups across Wiltshire. We have listed some below with links to the relevant Facebook Pages:

  • Salisbury XR Community - Facebook link

  • Chippenham XR Group - Facebook Link

  • Bradford-on-Avon XR Supporter group - Facebook Link

  • Devizes and Marlborough XR - Facebook Link

Nadder Valley Energy

Nadder Community Energy.

Community energy is a growing movement in which energy generation is owned not by large industrial companies but by local communities, with the profits invested back into the community.

Typical ways to generate renewable energy are wind turbines, heat pumps, biomass boilers, anaerobic digesters, hydro schemes and PV (solar) panels on roofs or mounted on the ground.

Community energy groups also work on combating fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency by modifying insulation and draught-proofing.

Please get in touch. Nadder Community Energy is always wanting to hear from people who would like to get involved in supporting our work.

Visit our website on this link. 

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Malmesbury Community Climate Action Network.

Malmesbury Climate Action Network was formed at the start of 2020 when 200 people from the Malmesbury community came together to discuss their concerns for the future and what they wanted to do about it. From the event seven working groups were formed, tackling multiple aspects of sustainability – 

Transport,

Community Energy,

Trees/Biodiversity,

Resource Sharing,

Community Agriculture

Education and Lobbying

and Overall Strategy.

Supplemented by the work of a central committee and supported by a formal partnership with the Town Council, the groups are currently in the process of developing their goals and objectives.

Do visit our website

You can also find us on Instagram and Facebook.

Carbon Neutral Aldbourne.

Carbon Neutral Aldbourne was set up by a group of Aldbourne residents who feel passionately that our lovely village should play it’s part in preventing climate change.

Our priority is to reduce Aldbourne’s emissions to as close to zero as possible by 2030. We plan to do this by helping residents to calculate their carbon footprints and then by providing a space – both on and offline – to share ideas on carbon reduction. 

We are also passionate about nature and believe that fighting climate change is about more than just reducing emissions. We want to live in a world where we are all more connected to the land and where our food comes from. Working with rather than against nature and creating spaces where people, plants and animals flourish is an important part of what we do.

We hold regular meetings in central village locations. We would love to see you at a meeting or hear from you if you have ideas on how we can achieve our goal to reduce emissions.

We do not claim to have all the answers but we feel that collectively we are stronger and have more chance of making an impact.

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Sustainable Calne.

What we are
We are an unincorporated association governed by a core membership with elected officers (see Our Organisation)

What we stand for (in short)
Working together as a community to encourage and facilatate local action to help reduce the effects of the Climate Crisis for our world.

What we are doing & planning to do
Educating ourselves to: Learn about and celebrate the local and global environment within the context of the climate crisis, and to understand the plans and challenges to achieve a zero carbon Calne by 2030.

Taking action through education, events and projects to: achieve Sustainable Calne’s zero carbon targets for 2030 in the community, while collaborating with Calne Town Council on its own Zero 2030 plan to reduce carbon emissions from services and infrastructure that it has influence over.             

We aim to achieve our objectives by: Providing inspirational opportunities to celebrate and appreciate the natural world including learning about, caring for and enjoying our local environment by joining together with local and national organisations.

More information www.sustainablecalne.org.uk

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Helping The Community of Malmesbury

HMC is a relatively small group and enthusiastic members of the community who formed a volunteer cleaning group 4+ years ago. They carry out litter picking and cutting hedges around the town of Malmesbury.They have recently moved onto wildflowers and are keen to help with the climate. They are now keen to start a tree planting project in Malmesbury - Read a little more about the group on the following this link

If you are interested in being involved please E mail Ben on the link

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Salisbury Area Greenspace Partnership

Salisbury Area Greenspace Partnership (SAGP), established in 2012, is an informal grouping of people & local organisations with an interest in green & blue space. It aims to raise awareness of the value & importance of well designed & managed green/blue infrastructure for community resilience & cohesion in the face of climate change, supporting health & wellbeing, connectivity for people & wildlife, landscape setting & the delivery of key ecosystem services including carbon capture, biodiverse habitats, regulation of air & water quality, pollination services, flood mitigation etc. See website for more details.

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Salisbury Democracy Alliance

Salisbury Democratic Alliance is a group of people dedicated to bringing new thinking about democracy to our city. We want to provide citizens with the time, space and capacity to engage in a free and equal dialogue.

We began in 2017 with the successful Salisbury Democracy Café which meets on every second Saturday in the month in the Playhouse. We want to create the city’s first Citizens’ Jury/Assembly which would involve randomly selecting a representative group of ordinary people to deliberate on an important local issue, such as the climate emergency, and make recommendations to our councils.

We seek to influence our councils to fund such a body. Alongside this push, we are organising a Talkshop activity on how to tackle the climate emergency in Salisbury which anyone can attend, once Covid permits. Our website can be found at on the LINK

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Bremzero

BremZero is an informal community group based around the village of Bremhill outside Calne.  Its aims are to consider and facilitate actions that address the issues of climate change.  It held its first meeting in January 2020 – well attended by over thirty people – and various work streams were beginning to be taken forward. 

 

Then Covid 19 arrived and put us into hibernation. 

 

We are arising again!  For further details see our WEBSITE

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Young Nature Watch

Young TNHS is for under-21s and membership is free.  To join,  email youngtnhs@gmail.com.  We are a group aiming to bring young nature enthusiasts together by organising workshops, events, walks and more!

Young TNHS is an historic development for the Society: Inés Lopez-Doriga, who last year gave a talk on The Archaeology of Plants, has now joined the Committee to lead the new group.  And it is a huge bonus to us that she has been joined by Izzy Fry, whose blog is a riot of colourful photos of local wildlife.

Over the next few months they have some exciting events to engage young nature enthusiasts including a bird ringing demonstration, harvest mice survey and photography workshop! For more information pay a visit to the Website, Instagram or Facebook page.

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Transcoco

Transition Community Corsham

Transcoco aims to develop local solutions to local sustainability issues, helping to address the global challenges of climate change, loss of biodiversity and other environmental challenges. By finding sustainable local solutions, we will help make the Area a more positive and rewarding place to live, work and visit, and contribute to creating a more sustainable future for everyone. 

For more information visit our website on on this LINK

Schools for Environmental Action

We are a passionate and dedicated group of student and staff environmentalists.  We have carried out many actions including raising awareness, Climate Change Days, talks from outside speakers, positive actions to energy use, reduction in animals food products, reduction in waste, as well as participating in Climate protests.

 

Our vision is:

  • Awareness: To further environmental knowledge and understanding, allowing us to make informed decisions and reflect upon our place in the world

 

  • Action: To carry out practical, positive, evidence-based changes to make a significant difference to our environmental impact

 

  • Hope: To inspire active hope and encourage a lifelong commitment to making the world a better place

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Transition Marlborough

Transition Marlborough aims to protect our town and the surrounding area from the rising costs of food, energy and transport which are being driven by the global challenges of depleting fossil fuel resources, climate change, and the resultant economic and environmental impacts.

We believe that by promoting community driven projects in renewable energy, food sovereignty, sustainable transport and recycling in all its forms, and as part of the overall Transition Movement we are contributing to the two critical issues of peak oil and climate change. Our approach to addressing these issues is underpinned by the permaculture philosophy and ethics. We believe that the transition to a more resilient and happy life cannot happen without reducing inequality in our society.

Visit our website HERE

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Swindon Climate Action Network / Friends of The Earth

Swindon Climate Action Network is an independent group of people from across Swindon who are concerned about climate change and want to do something about it. We are open to all, non-party political and entirely voluntary.

We believe that many of the lifestyle choices that help individuals tackle climate change are also the choices that improve their quality of life. We communicate messages and run a programme of events around climate change and environmental sustainability.

For more info click HERE

Facebook page is HERE

Salisbury Community Energy

 Salisbury Community Energy is based in Salisbury, and has installed solar panels on 5 sites including Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire College, Bishop Wordsworth School, St Martin's Primary School, and Kong Ltd, in partnership with Schools Energy Co-op, raising all the finance from a community share offer.

We aim to bring more local renewable energy to Salisbury and help educate towards a carbon-free future. We are a Community Benefit Society.

Click HERE to visit our website

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Downton Green Group is part of the New Forest Transition Hub. We meet on a monthly basis, and offer a welcome to anyone interested in, or wishing to support our activities

Our mission is to promote sustainable living, particularly within the local community. Our activities focus on encouraging more responsible use of the earth’s resources, thus conserving them for future generations. Working together we can reduce, repair, reuse, recycle . . . so helping to take care of the environment and address the challenge of climate change.

 

What do we do?

 

  • Run regular ‘green fair’ events, plus other activities to raise awareness, e.g. ‘pop up’ stall on food and climate

  • Run a mini recycling centre in the village, aiming to reduce what goes to landfill

  • Write articles for village newsletters. Use social media/our website to promote sustainable living, publicise local/national initiatives and provide advice on transition to a greener lifestyle

  • Maintain links with local schools to encourage environmental awareness/action

  • Make representations to local authority decision makers and constituency MP

  • Initiated joining the Plastic Free Communities scheme, working towards making Downton ‘plastic free’

 

For more information visit our website/Facebook page: downtongreengroup.org.uk

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Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) is a not for profit, Community Benefit Society, serving communities in the west of Wiltshire and Bath and surrounding area. We are working to put people at the heart of the energy transition, placing ownership and control of energy in the hands of consumers, via clean energy projects that actively involve and benefit local communities. 


BWCE has so far installed 12.35 MW of community owned renewable energy, enough to match the annual electricity demand from 4,000 homes and has re-distributed to date over £200,000 of surplus back into local communities. In addition to this we are assessing the potential for a community owned electric vehicle charging network, community renewable heating projects and testing community approaches to minimising peak electricity demand.

 

See www.bwce.coop for more information.

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The Birds and the Bees is a weekly show on Swindon 105.5 about environmental issues. It is hosted by Glynis Hales (Transition Swindon, Bee Roadzz Swindon and Cake and Conservation) and Cllr Keith Williams (Swindon Borough Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change). The show promotes local groups and individuals and the latest scientific research from across the country. We also highlight how to create, repair and reuse. 

Our broadcasts are on Friday at 2pm, repeated Tuesday at 11am and shared to WCA Facebook page. You can also catch up on the Swindon 105.5 app from the app store.

So if you want to promote an event, project or idea do contact us. 

FB page facebook.com/thebirdsandthebees1055/
 

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The Friends of the Marden Valley was set up in autumn 2019, initially to run a Love Your River Festival in May 2020. We all know what happened to that! The Marden Valley is in North Wiltshire, and the River Marden springs out of the high chalk lands of the North Wessex Area of Outstanding Beauty, before flowing down through Calne to its confluence with the River Avon, to the east of Chippenham.

When possible we have led river side walks, and actively created Zoom talks on river issues in collaboration with Avon Needs Trees who have a site half way down the Marden Valley to plant trees, and wildflower spaces.

Visit our website on this LINK

Click HERE to view our map

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Verify Humanity

Verify Humanity is a not-for-profit animal advocacy organisation that strives to challenge conventions that make animal exploitation the norm.   We investigate the hidden, research the unquestioned and unpick the bigger picture to raise awareness of the unknown. 

You might be wondering what animal advocacy has to do with climate change?  While there is a growing understanding of the unacceptable cruelty associated with factory farming, less well-known is that livestock supply chains are responsible for a massive 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions.

With our campaigns specialising in the illegal wildlife trade, illegal wildlife farming and factory farming, we hope to bring a relevant but fresh angle to the Wiltshire Climate Alliance network.

Tisbury Community Benefit Society Ltd

The Tisbury Community Benefit Society has worked with our community to develop our core principles (conducting business for the benefit of the community, proclaiming the need to care for the environment, showing people how, and the importance of placemaking). This work has culminated in the creation of Tis the Future which is a zero-plastic, electric-powered, mobile refill shop.

 

The electric vehicle ‘lives’ in Tisbury but spends much of its time travelling around local villages on a scheduled route, where it stops for a couple of hours for the villagers to come on board and shop, knowing their impact on the environment is as minimal as practically possible. The essence of a no-plastic, refill shop is customers bring their own empty containers and fill them from our refill dispensers so that their transaction generates zero single-use plastic. We sell staple, store cupboard ingredients (rice, oats, flour, sugar, pulses, pasta, cereals, coffee, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate covered raisins etc) at competitive prices and in an environmentally friendly way. The vehicle is powered purely by electric and goes at a very stately 15mph top speed!

For more information visit our website HERE

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