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tackling climate change and reducing carbon emissions is on the agenda at a free seminar at Tweed Horizons, St Boswells on Saturday, March 5.

Hosted by the Berwickshire Community Council Forum the aim of the event is to help Borders community groups examine ways of tackling climate change by reducing their carbon emissions.

Andrew Mitchell, chairman of the now Borders-wide charity BCCF Environmental explains why attending a networking event like this can be so worthwhile.

“The focus of Climate Challenge: Community Action in the Borders will be on sharing ideas and expertise,” he said.

“ There’s a lot of excellent work already going on in the Borders towards tackling climate change, but because of the region’s geographical spread other interested parties may not get to hear about it. We’re hoping that organisers of existing projects will be spurred on to yet more action, and in turn will inspire and encourage others who may have a good idea but don’t know how to get it off the ground.’

Climate Challenge: Community Action in the Borders will bring together people at all stages of the process, from groups who already have projects in action to those who are still at the planning stage.

The day will include information about sources of funding, case studies and workshops.

Since 2008, the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund has made 331 awards to 261 Scottish communities to help them reduce their carbon emissions.

There have been awards to twelve projects in the Scottish Borders, and a representative of one of these will be speaking at the event: The Well, a community hall owned by Hawick Baptist Church which has been refurbished to make it more comfortable for users whilst reducing its carbon footprint.

Also taking part are Pete Richie of Whitmuir Farm, the award-winning restaurant and supplier of organic produce in Lamancha, and Alis Ballance, director of Moffat CAN, a community-owned company which aims to protect the environment, relieve poverty and, especially, reduce carbon emissions.

To find out more about this free event and to reserve your place, email the event organiser, Janet O’Kane, on Admin@BCCFEnvironmental.org.uk or telephone 01361 884440. All bookings must be made by February 18, 2011.

The event is sponsored by Sustainable Development Commission Scotland.