New film comes to Cumbria!
Cumbria Action for Sustainability
The chance to see an eagerly awaited new film about grassroots sustainability, a fresh outlook on what we must do to tackle climate change in the UK, and free draught proofing... just some of the news you can read about in this edition from the world of sustainability in Cumbria and beyond!   Jaki
Can you wait for our free film night?!
27th April 7:30pm - Alston Town Hall

Take a rural village with a vision to live more sustainably, add an infectiously enthusiastic mayor, 21 projects,  inspiring volunteers, and watch what happens.

That’s what’s in store for you at our free film night, funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation as part of the Alston Moor Greenprint project.

The film Qu’est-ce qu’on attend? ( What Are We Waiting For?) was just released in November and shows a French village's journey to a more sustainable way of life, along the Transition Towns model. They've created more than one hundred jobs and cut their CO2 emissions by around 600 tonnes – all while bringing their community together.

The screening also celebrates the start of the Alston Moor community planning process led by Alston Moor Partnership, which includes the Greenprint project run by CAfS.

It's helpful to us if you could book a free place, to give us an idea of numbers.

Hosted with Alston Moor Partnership & Alston Moor Film.
Doors open at 7pm, film starts 7:30pm. 
What do we actually need to do to cut the UK's greenhouse gas emissions to net zero?
That's the question that a new report from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) sets out to answer. 

Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen explores what the barriers to cutting emissions to net zero really are and how we can overcome them as a country.

It's increasingly accepted that rising to the climate challenge presents a mix of psychological, political and economic barriers. The report brings together a broad range of evidence from academic literature and grassroots projects to create a picture of the inter-related solutions that we need to reach zero carbon.

We're still digesting the report here at CAfS and we're eager to see what we can learn from it to shape our work. We'll come back to you in due course. Meanwhile, here are the links to the report summary and the full report.
Free draught proofing for just 20 more homes
*Now also open to South Lakes residents*

We can help another 20 households to get their energy bills down with our free draught proofing and energy advice service.

They'll also receive free LED bulbs if they need them, reducing their electricity bill even more.

If you know someone who could benefit, please do tell them about the scheme. There are a few eligibility criteria.*

We're able to offer this valuable service thanks to funding from the Ebico Trust and Global Action Plan, and start-up funding from Copeland Community Fund.
Closure of business network that's left a great legacy
Cumbria Green Business Forum (CGBF) has closed after nearly a decade of inspiring and supporting environmental awareness in the business community.

Since 2007, CGBF has played a hugely important role in getting the environmental message across to businesses in Cumbria and beyond.

Among CGBF's many achievements, they have:
  • actively campaigned for more support for and recognition of the business case for environmental improvements;
  • organised and run training on issues that matter to local businesses, from energy, water and waste to transport and procurement, highlighting opportunities for reducing environmental impacts and improving performance;
  • provided information, inspiration and news via their website. 
"The contribution of the business community to the environmental debate is now well understood and respected, and CGBF has helped to make this happen," said John Barwise, a former chair of the forum. "The momentum for a more sustainable world is now unstoppable and CGBF is proud to have been part of the process that made this happen."

We at CAfS would like to say a massive thank you to the CGBF committee, who have opted to donate their remaining funds to us. We're very proud that they have chosen us and we will ensure it is put to very good use in our work to reduce Cumbria's carbon emissions.

Business advice and support on environmental management, energy and resource efficiency is still available in Cumbria through CBEN: 
In brief...
Just 5 places left on our free lime workshop
This two-hour talk and discussion with a lime expert is ideal for anyone refurbishing an old property. Learn about using lime as a render and for insulation with Lee Richards, from L. J. Richards Plastering.  28th April 6:30pm, Alston Town Hall. Booking is essential. Organised by CAfS for Alston Moor Townscape Heritage Scheme. Funded by the Heritage Lottery.
Could you be an environmental champion at your church?
The Environment Group at Churches Together in Cumbria is building a network of champions around the county who are interested in leading actions within their church and wider community to tackle environmental and climate change challenges. From fitting LED lighting to focusing on the environment in worship and teaching, there are a range of actions that the group can suggest. Find out more and become a champion
Grants for community buildings in Millom area
Do you know of any village halls, community cafes or other community buildings in the Millom area? We mentioned in the last newsletter that they can apply for a grant to improve energy efficiency (postcodes LA18 4 and LA18 5), and we've just learnt that the fund has now been topped up. Find out more
Apply now for climate change youth scheme
Young people aged 14 to 17 with an interest in the environment and climate change are invited to take part in the two-year Bright Green Future programme. It will help young people to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to embark on a career path that could influence decisions on energy and climate change. Find out more and apply online by 4th June.
How Low Can You Go?
It's always good when there's a way to reduce your carbon footprint that doesn't require any hard lifestyle sacrifices! Here's one: choosing an energy supplier that sources your electricity from renewables. If you feel like moving to one of these suppliers, you could also help CAfS at the same time. Changing to Ecotricity using this link brings in a donation to us, at no cost to you. If you'd like to do a full market comparison, you can use our tariff link, also generating a small commission to CAfS without costing you. 
Want to see where EU countries' electricity comes from and how much CO2 was emitted to produce it? Visit
Kendal Freegle Give & Take with Seed Swap | 1 Apr | M:HUB Milnthorpe
Bring things you don't want or just come and get stuff free!
Glaciers & Climate Change | 27 Apr | Community Cafe, Brampton
Sustainable Brampton hosts Mike Hambrey, Emeritus Professor of Glaciology
Two repair cafes coming up - bring along items that need fixed:
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