Whanganui District Council allocates $100,000 for community climate action projects

Eight community projects in Whanganui have been awarded $100,000 from Whanganui District Council’s Community Climate Action Fund. The fund supports not-for-profit projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase community resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Whanganui District Council allocates $100,000 for community climate action projects

Projects funded include

Re-establishing local wetlands to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve flood resilience (Tallapoohi Bush Park)
Ensuring the area’s biodiversity is protected from future impacts through pest control and planting native trees (Braided River Trust)
Providing free home advice to improve energy efficiency (Traditional Food Crops Research Trust)
Helping church communities take practical action to mitigate climate change (Eco-Schools, A Rocha Aotearoa, Ngapera-Kehu Ahu Whenua Trust, Sustainable Wanganui Trust and Science House)
Caroline Arrowsmith, the committee’s climate change advisor, said she was impressed by the range of topics discussed.

“This is the second round of the fund and it’s great to see the high level of applications again.”

“The projects funded range from re-establishing local wetlands to ensuring our region’s biodiversity is future-proofed, and from providing free home advice to improve energy efficiency to enabling the church community to take practical action to mitigate climate change.”

Arrowsmith said the Community Climate Action Fund is an important way to empower communities to take climate action.

“We know that climate change is a serious challenge, but we also know that by working together we can make a difference.”

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