ENVIRONMENT: Helensburgh to host family friendly climate event this weekend

By Aileen MacLennan

Have you ever wanted to have a go on an electric bike?  Fancy taking a stroll around an outdoor market full of sustainable suppliers?  Maybe you’d like to find out how you can make your home more energy efficient?

These are just a few of the things that will be on offer at Argyll and Bute Council’s family-friendly climate change event at the Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre between 12noon and 4pm this Saturday (6 November).

The event is free and will give people the opportunity to find out how they can become more climate friendly in their everyday lives, whilst helping the area to become the UK’s first Net Zero region.

  • Key speakers include the council’s Peter Leckie, who will illustrate what happens to our waste and recycling within Argyll and Bute;
  • Sue McVey from Soil Association Scotland, who will explain what Food for Life is and the importance of local and seasonal produce in Argyll and Bute;
  • Brian Barker from Home Energy Scotland, who will provide information on low carbon heating;
  • And the council’s Ross McLaughlin, who will give an introduction to Argyll and Bute’s regional carbon footprint.

ACT Now will also be in attendance throughout the day doing a bicycle repair workshop with their eCargo Bikes, and Love Food Hate Waste will be delivering a workshop to educate people on how to reduce food waste.

Council Leader Robin Currie, RIGHT,  said: “Not only will this event be a great, fun day out for families, it will help raise climate change awareness in Argyll and Bute and will provide people with an opportunity to discover some of the steps they can take to help reduce the impact of global warming.

“We are facing the biggest environmental challenge we have ever experienced in our generation and it is our responsibility to do something to try and reverse it. I would urge everyone to go along to this event if they can.”

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