Connecting the cost of living to the environment

Prices are rising fast and the pressure is growing on our household finances. Food and fuel are getting more expensive, with prices rising at their fastest rate in 30 years. We are all feeling the pinch and have to make choices about what we spend our money on. In addition to this cost-of-living crisis, we are still grappling with a climate emergency, with many of us determined to do our bit to reduce our environmental impact.

We have thought about how we can help bring communities together to connect the cost of living to helping the environment. We would like to run an information sharing/training workshop with partner organisations to showcase how we can all save money while improving our environmental impact.

The cost of going green can sometimes be difficult to understand. Big-ticket items such as new environmentally friendly central heating systems may be beneficial both financially and ecologically in the long-run, but require a significant up-front investment. There has to be some truth to the idea that if we consume less, we can reduce our impact on the environment while spending less money. After all, consumption costs.

The difficulty though is finding the balance where we can make savings to our household expenditure and reduce our environmental impact, without having too detrimental an impact on our quality of life.

The purpose of this West Berkshire-based event is to offer a one-stop shop for people who want to feel galvanised to make changes in their daily lives to help themselves and their community move towards a net-zero future while doing all they can to make their household income go further. It’s all about making small changes that can have a big impact.

We are currently pulling together and finalising details of this free, online workshop to run the week commending 27th of June. Please register your interest by emailing Gemma.Pearce@ccberks.org.uk

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