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South Lakeland Action on Climate Change

Area: Cumbria
Interests: Aviation, Cycling, Traffic

South Lakeland Action on Climate Change is a local group set up to promote awareness and action on climate change. We do this in a wide variety of ways from traditional campaigning (supporting local wind farms, opposing Carlisle airport, lobbying councillors) to less traditional activities like running an energy fair, holding mass cycle rides, bike festivals, talks and film showings.

Recent successes include:

  • Getting four local districts on board with the Carbon Trust’s Local Authority Carbon Management Scheme
  • Launching Transition South Lakes
  • Successfully overturning a decision to stop a £400,000 cycle route by holding mass cycle rides and intense lobbying (read the story of this success)
  • Successful public meetings on wind energy, fracking, carbon reduction etc.
  • Promotion of cycling and local food production

Staveley Green Travel Initiative
In 2009-12, SLACC (in partnership with others) ran the Staveley Green Travel Initiative. Afer surveying households in the village of Staveley about their travel habits, they ran individual transport planning sessions with all interested households. Volunteers visited households to talk through their current travel behaviour in detail, and to identify areas where sustainable travel options would be possible. Various events also took place, such as free cycle training, bike rides, walks, workshops and sustainable days out by train or coach, aimed at reinforcing the message and continuing the buzz. You can find out the results of the Staveley Green Travel Initiative in this report.

Contact: Chris Rowley
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Tel: 01539 732556
South Lakeland Action on Climate Change

Latest news

March 2018: Here is SLACC's March newsletter.

February 2018: Here is SLACC's February newsletter.

January 2018: Here is SLACC's January newsletter.

December 2017: Here is SLACC's December newsletter.

Mid-November 2017: Here's an extra update for November.

November 2017: Here is SLACC's November newsletter.

October 2017: Here is SLACC's October newsletter.

September 2017: Here is SLACC's September newsletter.

March 2017: The SLACC AGM will take place on Thursday 23 March - the details are in the latest newsletter.

March 2017: There are some great events happening locally this month, ranging from self-build to zero waste. See the latest newsletter for details - there's something for everyone we hope! 

February 2017: Find out about Incredible Edible Kendal and much more in the latest newsletter from SLACC

January 2017: The latest newsletter from SLACC is an experiment in format!

November 2016: The latest newsletter from SLACC includes some transport news. There's a call for Community Speedwatch volunteers, and a survey about plans to create a Towpath Trail between Kendal and Lancaster which should be fully accessible for cyclists.

October 2016: Lots of news and events, plus a special fundraising drive (double your membership fees at no extra cost to you) in this month's newsletter.

September 2016: Here is the latest newsleter from SLACC.

August 2016: News about a pollinator corridor, a green build festival and much more in the latest newsletter from SLACC.

July 2016: The July newsletter from SLACC invites you to a number of interesting events. 

June 2016: Here is the latest newsletter from SLACC.

May 2016: Lots of interesting news and events can be found in SLACC's May newsletter, including news from Kendal and District Bus Users Group.

April 2016: Please come along to SLACC's AGM on 27 April. Kate Rawls will be speaking on her journey to the North Atlantic in which she explored the tough issue of ocean plastic pollution, with a particular focus on microplastics and their impact on the marine environment. Find out more in the April newsletter.

March 2016: SLACC's AGM is coming up, and the group is looking to elect a new Chairperson. There will be lots of other opportunities too for anyone who'd like to help out. Find out more in the March newsletter.

February 2016: Co-wheels car club now have new hybrid, pay-as-you-drive cars available at Oxenholme, Penrith, Carlisle and Windermere train stations. Find out more.

February 2016: SLACC is planning a series of Story Suppers. Intrigued? Read the latest newsletter.

January 2016: There are plenty of events to look forward to in SLACC's January newsletter. [A further short update here].

December 2015: Watch our latest Flash Mob which sent a message to World Leaders in Paris.

November 2015: Climate change events. Bring your placards to the lakeshore at YHA Ambleside at noon on Saturday 28 November, and/or Kendal Market Place at 1pm on Sunday 29 November to march for action on climate change. Get in touch for more details.

November 2015: All SLACC's latest news and upcoming events can be found in the latest newsletter.

October 2015: SLACC is holding an EGM on 22 October at 7pm at the Castle Street Meeting Room, Kendal. We are still looking to appoint a new Chair (there is some interest) and need new Trustees also. Please contact us if you think you can help. Find out more in the October newsletter.

September 2015: SLACC is looking to appoint a new Chair and new Trustees. This - and also lots of lovely harvest events - in the September newsletter.

August 2015: SLACC's August newsletter is out now.

18/19 July 2015: Cycle Action Event at K Village, Kendal, 10-5 each day. If you haven't yet taken any old bikes or bits to K Village (sale in aid of SLACC and Kendal Bike Club) please do so this week or, at the latest, Saturday morning. We will be in the unit next to Pro-Cook, which is along the verandah. Contact us if you can help.

July 2015: Congratulations  to SLACC members whose campaigning helped in urging Lancashire county councillors vote against two fracking applications. More news and events aplenty in the July newsletter.

June 2015: SLACC is planning a local Climate Action event on 17 June to link in with the national climate lobby in London - please get involved! Find out more in the latest newsletter.

May 2015: The SLACC AGM is on 20 May. Find out about this and much more in the May newsletter.

April 2015: With spring springing and an election approaching, there are events horticultural and political in the April newsletter.

March 2015: Whether you're interested in divestment from fossil fuels, growing edible delights or marching against climate change, there's something for you in SLACC TT's March newsletter.

February 2015: Find the latest news and events in the February newsletter.

January 2015: The latest newsletter includes a unique opportunity: 'Two households sought for potential small scale low carbon self-build in Kendal – generous freehold plots with communal space for growing and ideal location for public transport'. Find out more.

January 2015: Happy New Year from SLACC! We have a range of vacancies in the group at the moment, including helping with our website and newsletter and exciting project work. Find out more in the January newsletter.

December 2014: Christmas Ceilidh 
Our annual ceilidh will be on 5 December 2014. Book soon, as this event always fills to capacity!. Details and a poster here. There will also be a raffle of homemade, local produce so if you have anything, however small, please bring it along.

December 2014: SLACC's December newsletter can be found here. There's a day of workshops on direct action skills from Lancaster Climate Action and loads more.

November 2014: Grow Your Own Groceries and many other events are listed in SLACC's November newsletter.

October 2014: On Thursday 23 October, 7pm, at The George Hotel, Penrith, Suzanne Jeffery, Vice Chair of the Campaign Against Climate Change, will talk about climate science and climate jobs. Find out about this and many more events in SLACC's latest newsletter

September 2014: Join Paul Holdsworth at the War Memorial in Kendal at 11am on Friday 3 October to take part in a pedestrian audit to help improve Kendal for pedestrians. (There will be more dates for this advertised in our next newsletter.)

The proposed film Symphony of the Soil has been postponed from 9 October. Instead there will be an alternative film Disruption at Castle Street on Wednesday 8 October at 7:30pm. Symphony of the Soil will be shown on a date to be announced.

September 2014: Climate change and free damsons... a few reminders from SLACC.

September 2014: Cumbria County Council has recently been awarded £2.3m Local Growth Funding to invest in Kendal's infrastructure. Incredibly, two-thirds of this is earmarked for sustainable transport measures. You can help ensure we get the greenest possible outcomes from this fantastic opportunity - find out how in SLACC's September newsletter

August 2014: The August newsletter has all sort of fabulous local events, including one aimed at 'gardeners in need of a garden'...

July 2014: We have been offered the exciting opportunity to 'occupy' a South Lakes District Council four-tier planter in Nobles Rest, Kendal for a year. We are going to be filling the planter with lots of colourful and edible veg and flowers, our theme being Kendal's Vegetable Larder, complete with recipe suggestions. We need to have this all ready by 14th July and therefore we would welcome any help with this. If you can join us on 13 July for some planting, or create some colourful plant labels and recipe cards to put around the vegetables, please get in touch.

July 2014: Find out about the imminent Transition NorthWest Conference and many more inspiring events in the July newsletter.

June 2014: Are you interested in green goings-on, including a possible alternative currency for Cumbria? You need SLACC's June newsletter.

May 2014: The May newsletter has news of the Transition NorthWest Conference and much more. 

April 2014: The April newsletter has news about supermarket proposals in the area, as well as many inspiring events.

March 2014: For the latest news about Killington Wind Farm and much more, here's the March newsletter.

February 2014: Find out about a threat to an important local train service and much more in the February newsletter.

January 2014: Read the January newsletter for fracking news and some volunteering opportunities.

Erratum: Our January Newsletter incorrectly said that that 2795 is the amount of CO2 which would be released if the UK shale gas reserves are exploited, which is a mistake. 2795 is the amount of CO2 that would be released if all the proven reserves were burned (before we even consider shale gas).  

December 2013: Find out about a planned flashmob and much more in the December newsletter.

November 2013: From fracking news to a festive ceilidh, find it all in the November newsletter

October 2013: All of the latest news and events can be found in the October newsletter.

August 2012: Learn the results of the South Lakes Cycle Challenge in the August newsletter.

July 2012: From fabulous festivals to bike maintenance classes, our July newsletter will help you plan a great green summer.

June 2012: Do you have room for a street performer to stay in your house for a few days this summer? Find out more in SLACC TT's June newsletter

May 2012: The May newsletter has info about an exciting stunt-bike-dance-performance that young people can take part in, as well as fracking news and much more.

The group has also sent an extra newsletter this month all about upcoming cycling events.

April 2012: The new SLACC TT Committee is announced in the April newsletter, along with green news and events aplenty.

SLACC TT members are also considering setting up a monthly 'Greenthinkers book club / discussion group'. Please get in touch if you're interested.

March 2012: This month's newsletter has details of an exciting Hub meeting to brainstorm positive solutions to some global threats. 

Appeal for members: With global and local threats growing, SLACC is appealing for new members. Membership is just £10 per year minimum (£5 unwaged).

Read the appeal letter

February 2012: A nuclear waste talk, a protest folk night, a woodland coppicing day and a '100 mile dinner' are among the green events listed in SLACC's February newsletter.

January 2012: South Lakeland Action on Climate Change's latest newsletter is packed with inspiring green news from the local area and beyond.

December 2011: SLACC's latest newsletter tells you how you can speak out against tar sands fuel.

Get your tickets now for our Festive Ceilidh on Friday 9 December, 7pm till late, at the Castle St Centre, Kendal. Our annual ceilidh is the chance for everyone to come together and celebrate how awesome we all are at ceilidh dancing and also a vital way for SLACC to raise funds for its core campaigning activities. Starring the Macaroon Ceilidh Band, the event will be bicycle powered; locally brewed beer will be on sale as well as tea and hot veggy chilli. Contact us for tickets (£5 each).

November 2011: The group's latest newsletter includes details of a trip to London for a Climate Justice camp and demo.

October 2011: South Lakeland Action on Climate Change's latest newsletter has a write-up from Camp Frack and much more.

September 2011: The group has sent an extra newsletter this month with some additional events.

September 2011: South Lakeland Action on Climate Change's latest newsletter lists many inspiring events that are coming up in the next few weeks.

August 2011: The group's latest newsletter has news of a new multi-million pound green transport project for the Lake District.

July 2011: Read South Lakeland Action on Climate Change's latest newsletter to find out about a weekend of protest against shale gas extraction near Blackpool and much more.

June 2011: Read South Lakeland Action on Climate Change's latest newsletter to find out about the upcoming South Lakes Workplace Cycle Challenge and much more.

May 2009:  CycleFest celebrated all things cycling and featured a variety of rides, a bike night and workshops to encourage everyone to get involved in cycling!