The Climate Challenge Fund has provided grant to run Carbon reduction activities in the Nepalese community Aberdeen from January 2014 for one year. The activities of this project include a)Awareness raising activities to bring bring a positive behavioural change in relation to energy use, travel, food and waste disposal for reducing carbon footprint at the household level, b)Reduce CO2e by 236 tonnes by bringing about positive behavioural changes to save household energy bills by the target households, c) Adopting cycling as a means of replacing journeys made using a more carbon intensive form of transport and d) Increased community green spaces by establishing home gardens.
Major Activities of the projects were as below:-
Carbon Reduction Awareness Workshop
First Carbon awareness workshop was conducted on 22nd Mar 2014 at Bestwestern Summerhill Hotel, Aberdeen. For the workshop, members from each household were asked to participate as a representative of their respective houses. A total of 49 participants attended the workshop including the organising committee and the guest speakers. The workshop lasted two and half hours. A series of talks were delivered which included general issues of climate change (Mr. Santosh Gaihre), issues addressing food wastage minimisation (Mrs. Karen Wood and Gillian Marr, Aberdeen Forward Ltd) and project action plan (Mr. Dinesh Thapa, the project manager) followed by active participation of the participants to address the CO2 emission from household level conducted by Dr. Sohan Ghimire, James Hutton Institute. Breakout sessions and rigorous discussion on the five key themes of the project were conducted.
The workshop was completed with good feedback and appreciation from the participants. We found that their understanding on the issues of climate change has been widened and everybody was eager to act against climate change in whatever way they could.
ONCW has purchased 15 bicycles and distributed to Nepalese community in Aberdeen. Establishment of cycle club has encouraged many participants to ride bicycle in the first instance, however, due to weather conditions and roads, some of them are not yet confident in commuting to regular work distance. With several other group activities and more practice, we are hoping to encourage them for maximising their use of cycle.
Home gardening :
We have provided walk-in greenhouse at 11 households with the help of volunteers. Composts and pots were provided in a sufficient amount to enable them to germinate the seeds in greenhouse and soil to prepare the land. A collection of seeds which include, spring onion, varieties of salad, chillies, varieties of tomatoes, runner beans, carrot, beetroot, spinach, radish etc. have been given to the households and were encouraged to add up their effort and other inputs of their choice to develop the vegetable garden. Advice was provided to the households who have no or little experience in vegetable gardening by an agricultural specialist of Nepalese community living in Aberdeen.