Support for community projects tackling climate change

Australian Greens

Six projects will share over $155,000 under the ACT Government’s Community Zero Emissions Grants program to deliver projects that help address climate change.

Minister for Water, Energy, and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury said that the community continues to come up with innovative and resourceful projects to tackle climate change, with the program now in its fifth year.

“From suburban composting and planting trees at school to helping people change how they use energy around the home, the projects that have been awarded Community Zero Emissions Grants reflect the diversity of ways we can all take action on climate change,” Minister Rattenbury said

“This year, for the first time, projects that aim to increase the community’s resilience to the impacts of climate change were considered for grant funding. Other projects will help reduce our environmental footprint by providing resources and engaging with the public on ways to reduce emissions such as those from transport and cooking.

“Community groups are integral to the fabric of our society, and we appreciate the part they play in reaching our goal of net zero emissions in the ACT by 2045.

“I look forward to seeing how the successful projects will inspire more Canberrans to make changes to their everyday activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build climate resilience and create a healthier environment.”

The successful applicants for round five of the grants are:

  • Canberra Environment Centre: Climate Resilience and Adaptation Toolbox – $49,612
  • Conservation Council: Make the Switch to clean, green cooking – $43,265
  • Lyneham High School: Lyneham High School Sustainability Initiative – $4,512.50
  • SEE Change: SEE Change Roving Regenerators – $24, 878
  • National Film Academy: Electric Dreams Documentary – $28,000
  • Pedal Power ACT: Canberra Cyclist goes Digital – $5,556

As stated by Brook Clinton, Director of SEE-Change:

“We are really pleased that our project – Roving Regenerators – has been selected to receive Community Zero Emissions Grant funding.

“Roving Regenerators is an initiative that will include a series of workshops about soil health and working-bees that will show participants how to put soil health concepts into practice. We will work with existing community gardens and gardeners so that the knowledge can be dug back into the broader community, helping gardens across the Territory grow.

“SEE Change is all about empowering everyone to get involved in sustainability and climate action initiatives. While not everyone can build a wind farm, afford an electric car, commute by bike or carry out large scale regenerative farming, Roving Regenerators is something that people from all walks of life can get involved in.

“Grant funding will help pay for volunteer coordination work, expert speakers for our workshops, and materials for working-bees and gardens.”

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