Veteran forecaster Michael Fish has issued a stark warning ahead of Climate Week (March 3-9) – our weather will get worse over the coming years and we are helpless to stop it.
He will deliver his message at an event organised by Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset, an organisation working to find ways of combating the effects of climate change.
Michael Fish’s lecture at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Monday March 3 is called Climate Change – The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction.
He says: “There could be much more severe weather and floods in the UK. It is too late to do more than slow it.
“The weird weather has already been responsible for possibly millions of deaths and many more will occur, through floods, droughts, disease and famine.”
Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset has organised a week of events aimed at inspiring a new wave of local initiatives against the weather threat.
Other events include a planning conference on strengthening local food links, a meeting with local school pupils to discuss extreme weather, the launch of a two-year project to encourage environmental leadership among students and a Focus On Energy film day.
Free tickets for Michael Fish’s lecture and other events can be booked at www.clsdorset.org.uk
The Dorchester lecture is one of a host of events being organised by groups across the country taking part in Communities Living Sustainably (CLS), a £12million Big Lottery-funded programme that is helping local groups take action against the effects of climate change.
Groundwork runs the CLS programme, which aims to encourage behaviour change among individuals and communities so they can cope better with the environmental, economic and social impacts of a changing climate.
Twelve community partnerships of public, private and voluntary sector bodies have been awarded up to £1m each from the Big Lottery Fund to deliver up to five years of community-led sustainability activity.
Elsewhere, Manor House PACT (Prepare, Adapt, Connect, Thrive) in London is holding a series of activities at Hackney’s Redmond Community Centre, including environmental story-telling, model making, an energy bill clinic and a thermal curtain lining workshop
For more information visit www.manorhousepact.org.uk
In the North-East, One Planet Middlesbrough has launched a Home Sustainability Challenge in which ten households stand to win free support to make their homes greener and cheaper to heat.
More information at www.menvcity.org.uk/opm
In Kent, Sustainable Sheppey is taking part in the Coastal Communities 2150 Community Launch event on March 5. The event will share lessons, celebrate successes and launch the community visions and action plans developed through the CC2150 project.
The event will also highlight next steps with successful applicants for community grants scheme discussing how they will be taking forward actions. More details at www.kentcc2150.org.uk
Then on March 12 Sustainable Sheppey is holding a drop-in session for residents at Sheppey Gateway, Sheerness to explain what the group is doing and outline its plans for the future.
For more information on Climate Week 2014, the UK’s biggest campaign to promote action on climate change, go to www.climateweek.com