SustainableAW - Winter 2020

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Winter 2020

In this issue Behind the scenes at our citizens’ Climate Assembly An exclusive interview with Jonathan Porritt

Baroness Brown: “Everyone needs to be engaged”

LOVING OUR LANDSCAPE The people bringing new life to our green spaces and helping tackle the climate emergency

INTRODUCTION by Francesca Iliffe

Adur & Worthing Councils’ Sustainability Manager

Despite the turmoil of COVID, work has been progressing well in Adur and Worthing on the climate and ecological crises. Our Climate Assembly has seen extraordinary expert national and local speakers giving their insights on how we can progress against these profound problems. Our generous local Assembly Members, 45 local residents, are giving so much time and careful thought to grapple with the difficult challenges ahead and how we can overcome them. It is no small task.

We look forward to working with partners to action the recommendations they have proposed, which will help us move forward with renewed commitment and focus. In the Council we’ve set up a new team to increase our capacity to respond, and thanks to government grants to ‘Build Back Better’ after the pandemic, we have applied for nearly £2 million to help realise the Councils’ 2030 carbon neutral target. This fund is also helping to create some exciting offers for residents to decarbonise their homes through heat and energy efficiency improvements. Have a look at the

centre pages and see if you can benefit. Plans are afoot to improve spaces for nature across Adur and Worthing. You may have seen that Adur District Council is set to buy New Salts Farm and Pad Farm to improve these important areas for nature, flood management and carbon sequestration. You will hear more about both of these exciting projects in the coming year. There is so much more that needs to happen, but I’m so proud that Adur and Worthing, our communities and our Councils, are making so much progress together.




Welcome to the second edition of SustainableAW!



20 SEAL SPOTTING FROM THE COASTAL OFFICE 21 EPIC SOMPTING 22 WHAT IS SUSTAINABLEAW? 23 LENDING LIZARDS AND SNAKES SSS-SUPPORT 24 SUSTAINABLE ADUR AND WORTHING DIRECTORY 27 THE NEW SUSTAINABILITY TEAM MEMBERS Front cover EPIC Sompting Project, Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust Produced by Adur & Worthing Councils to promote the work underway to improve sustainability and the environment across our communities

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WELCOME A welcome from Cllr Emma Evans, Adur’s Executive Member for Environment

A welcome from Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing’s Executive Member for Environment

“During this last year, it’s been evident how lucky we are to live here in Adur, with beautiful open spaces and parks. When we have relied on a walk in nature, or to the beach to restore our wellbeing, our local environment has been there to provide much needed respite.We are committed to ensuring our well-loved parks and open spaces remain charming and welcoming destinations for generations to come, while also supporting wildlife and enhancing wider biodiversity. Our local residents have been enthusiastically coming together for the good of our district.We are

fortunate to have many local ‘Friends of’ park groups, residents who diligently reduce, reuse and recycle, and those who contentiously work on minimising their carbon emissions. During this challenging time we have seen people support each other and take care of their community. In Adur not-for-profit groups, organisations, charities, residents and businesses united with the Council to go the extra mile, to have a positive impact, and ensure no one is left isolated. It is this community spirit the Council will always stand by and support through our SustainableAW plan.”

“It’s fair to say the last few months have been challenging for us all. COVID-19 has played a large part in that, causing everyone to face stressful situations, tackle important issues or try and solve various problems. But one thing 2020 has highlighted for me is the power of people coming together. It may seem odd that in the year we’ve all been told to stay two metres apart from each other is the time this really emerges. But, in an odd way, the global pandemic has brought renewed focus on our own communities and made us think about our role in the wider world. There’s no more powerful display

of that than the Adur and Worthing Climate Assembly which has brought together 45 residents to discuss and develop practical ways to tackle the climate emergency.This move is innovative and has only been done a handful of times in the UK. But it says everything about the ambition I and my councillor colleagues have in promoting the sustainability agenda. While there’s still some way to go before the assembly concludes and reports its findings, I’m pleased to hear locals are being encouraged to be creative in suggestions to reduce emissions. It’s only by working together that we can improve the environment. ” SustainableAW Magazine - Winter 2020  |  3


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As part of a radical mass-engagement exercise, Adur & Worthing Councils have enlisted the support of the community to help them tackle the climate emergency. Welcome to the Citizens’ Assembly ...

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POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Adur and Worthing Citizens’ Assembly

Some of the UK’s top environment experts have been enlisted to contribute to a special assembly called by Adur & Worthing Councils to discuss the climate emergency

Cycling on the seafront (© James Pike Photography Ltd)

Reaching zero emissions by 2030 will require us to work together to identify how residents, businesses, communities and the Councils can tackle climate change

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Environmentalist Jonathon Porritt and Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, who heads the Carbon Trust and is Chair of the Climate Change Committee’s Adaptation Committee, were among those to contribute to the Adur & Worthing Climate Assembly. The expert speakers were streamed to an online private event attended by 45 residents of Adur and Worthing during the five-part Climate Assembly which ran from September to December.To view the talks, search for “Adur and Worthing Climate Assembly” on YouTube or use the link below. The Assembly was delivered as part of Adur & Worthing Councils’ SustainableAW programme, which aims to protect and improve the local environment.The Councils declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and have committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Randomly selected from a representative sample of the local population to take part in the Climate Assembly, the 45 residents heard from a range of speakers about the impact of climate change at a global and national level. The Assembly heard from 26 businesses and organisations over the course of the five days, including Adur & Worthing Councils, Sussex Wildlife Trust and Worthing Homes about what is being done locally to tackle climate change. Having heard the evidence from experts, the 45 participants will

present their recommendations to the Councils in early 2021 about how Adur and Worthing can collectively tackle climate change. Assembly participants were asked to consider two questions to make recommendations for: • How can we in Adur and Worthing collectively tackle climate change and support our places to thrive? • What does this mean for the way we live and for our local environment? The recommendations will be formally taken to the Councils in Spring 2021 and used to inform future policy and action locally for achieving the Adur & Worthing carbon neutral target. Cllr Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said: “Reaching zero emissions will require us to work together to identify how residents, businesses, communities and the Councils can tackle climate change. The Climate Assembly will enable us to bring together a group of residents who can help to identify different opportunities and challenges and find ways to address them together.” Cllr Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said: “Building on the successful Zero 2030 conference that we hosted in Worthing earlier this year, at which we outlined to delegates our plans for combating climate change, we now want to hear from residents their views to help shape the local response to the climate emergency.”

Climate Assembly talks:




Jonathon Porritt, the eminent writer and broadcaster, speaks to SustainableAW about the importance of working together to tackle climate change SustainableAW asked Jonathan our top 5 questions


Why and how did you get involved in contributing to the Adur and Worthing Climate Assembly? You invited me! As it happens, I’ve been interested for a long time in the whole idea of Citizens’ Assemblies. It seems to me that they are potentially a very important part of efforts to revive our democracy, and to enable people to take much greater ownership of complicated issues including climate change. I think the Climate Assembly UK did a pretty good job, although there’s no doubt that its proceedings were somewhat disrupted by virtue of COVID-19. For me, these Assemblies are one of the most important ways of building trust and strengthening democracy.

How would you respond to people who feel that Assemblies like ours will not lead to real and tangible change? A lot depends here in the Terms of Reference for the way in which these Assemblies are set. If there’s an indication in advance from those involved in setting them up that recommendations will, if at all possible, be followed up on, then everybody knows that it is ‘for real’. That’s one of the problems about the UK Climate Assembly. Because it was set up by six Parliamentary Committees, it didn’t actually have any buy-in from the UK Government, and so far as I can see at the moment, there’s been little take-up of its recommendations to date. Compare that with the Citizens’ Convention for Climate in France. This was set up by President Macron himself, in response to the protests of the gilets jaunes, with a firm undertaking to implement recommendations when the Convention finally reported. As I understand it, the French Government has now accepted all of the recommendations apart from three - and will be implementing the recommendation that there should be a referendum next year on testing French public opinion around the idea of a new ecocide law!


How feasible is it for us to be net zero by 2030 and what needs to change to make it happen? That’s an easy one - this is a completely feasible target! If governments around the world were able to demonstrate the same purposefulness in addressing the Climate Emergency as they have in addressing today’s public health emergency, then things would look very different. Both from a technology and an investment point of view, there’s

actually no reason why we shouldn’t have Net Zero electricity, for the world, by 2030. And we absolutely don’t need any more nuclear power as part and parcel of that process! But then we have to move on from there to do the less easy things - including eating, transport and so on. Efficiency is absolutely critical in all of this, and often gets overlooked by the politicians.


You have been campaigning on sustainability for a long time, how confident are you that change is coming? Well, change is coming whether we like it or not! That of course will be driven by changes in the climate itself. 2020 has been an absolutely terrible year in terms of climate-induced disasters, with wildfires in Australia and California, terrible flooding in China, India and Bangladesh, one of the worst hurricane seasons ever in the Atlantic, second worst melting of the Arctic sea ice - and so on! What we have to hope is that this gathering storm will persuade more Continued on page 8 SustainableAW Magazine - Winter 2020  |  7

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Getting closer to nature

and more people of the need for urgent action on our part. The only question is whether this will come in time. In my opinion, that is unlikely without a great deal of extra pressure, which is why I feel we’re going to need a great deal more civil disobedience over the next few years to put that additional pressure on politicians.


How, in your view, has Covid changed the landscape when it comes to tackling the climate emergency? I’m not sure about this one! Although people still talk about ‘getting closer to nature’ with the first lockdown, and

The South Downs

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a realisation of the critical importance of community, particularly in terms of dealing with more vulnerable people, I’m not sure how long-lasting any of that may be. In the same way, we were all hoping that the Government would base its ‘recovery programme’ on ‘building back greener’, but we’ve seen mighty little of this as yet. Ultimately, however, people will come to see that COVID-19 was just another consequence of our abuse of the natural world, and that this provides us with an opportunity to rethink in a much more profound way. Let’s just hope we seize that opportunity!

A key part of the process in Adur and Worthing is encouraging the 45 residents to think about how to express themselves in words and pictures

As artist-in-residence for the Adur and Worthing Climate Assembly, Pauline Rutter is pulling together words and images inspired by the information, presentations and discussions encountered during the five sessions. She is encouraging others to follow suit, creating a live gallery where those taking part can also add their own creative musings on the wider climate crisis. A key question she asked participants was “What are you thinking and feeling as we move through the weeks and as we build new relationships through shared knowledge and shared experiences?” It’s not just the discussions that inspire Pauline, she also draws on her own experiences of being a mother along with her regular trips to the beach, by the river and walking the South Downs. As Pauline explains: “I am inspired by my own multiple stories and the stories of others but also by the environment and community of life that surrounds me and which we are all a part of even as this age of uncertainty unfolds.” To read one of Pauline’s poems inspired by the Adur and Worthing Climate Assembly, see the back cover

Q&A Due to the COVID pandemic, the assembly has been held virtually. The upside is experts from around the world have been able to contribute towards finding local answers to the climate crisis Baroness Brown, UK Climate Change Committee The Climate Change Act was passed in 2008 and we were the first country in the world to have legislation of this sort. It committed us to reducing emissions by 80% based on the 1990 baseline. But last year in Paris we agreed to have a tougher target for these emissions as unless we can stay within 1.5 degrees of warming by the end of the century, the implications of the changes to our climate would be very serious. It was agreed the UK’s contribution by 2050 would increase from 80% to 100%. In order to get to 80% we have had to do a lot of energy efficiency at homes and in businesses, we also had to do a lot of electrification of cars and other transport, reducing the amount of gas we burn in our homes and industrial uses, while investing in alternative forms of energy, such as offshore wind and solar. But that still leaves some emissions in areas like aviation, agriculture and home heating that we cannot get rid of easily. Getting to zero carbon is a big challenge but it’s doable. In the next 30 years we will have to increase the size of our electricity system by up to four times.We have to increase renewable energy, such as offshore wind by ten times.

Brooklands Lake

We will also need quite a lot of hydrogen to decarbonise heating and transport, that’s an entirely new industry, and by 2050 it needs to be the size of our electricity industry. Carbon capture too is a new industry which we do not do yet. As well as increasing tree planting from 10,000 hectares a year to 50,000 hectares, 29 million buildings need to be converted from gas to low carbon heating, we need to increase 100,000 electric cars to 35 million as well as make major changes to diet reducing our meat and dairy intake by 20 to 50%. We have never done all of those things at the same time before so we really do need everyone to be engaged and committed. Judy Ling Wong, environmental activist and the UK Director of the Black Environment Network, on social inclusion “Social inclusion is a process by which you create a framework to improve the opportunities of participation by everyone in society. It ranges across a huge range of groups. “Racism is one part of that, such as a lack of representation from Black and ethnic minorities who may not engage well, as they can be excluded due to this discrimination. But there are all kinds of exclusion in society

all of the time. For example, young people may be excluded because people have a negative view of large groups of young people, who they may think are dangerous. Or as we get older, people may think we are on the way out! “When you include people, we all mix - we all have skills and support each other efficiently but also have more friends which means we are not lonely. Society really works best when we have everyone on board. “In terms of climate change, things need to be done at different levels. Local councils do things that the government or citizens do not have the power to do. But at each of those levels action needs to happen. “Climate change is about getting all of those levels linked up. Linking everything up means that inclusion and exclusion are great themes for how we can be efficient in tackling the most threatening thing we have in our lifetime. “The process of participation is simple, I can put it into two phrases: “we love what we enjoy” and “we protect what we love.” “It is an opportunity for us to draw on the creativity in our lives be that in the garden, in the kitchen, with our children, loved ones and community, through craft or art or simply in what we experience through our senses.” A climate assembly is not just about listening to the views of others. SustainableAW Magazine - Winter 2020  |  9

Green Tides Written by Michelle Furtado

Wild flowers in Brooklands Park

Our parks and green spaces have never felt more essential during this past year. We are lucky to have so many great open spaces, from the South Downs to the sea, many under the watchful care of green space volunteers and Friends groups Green Tides is a partnership of these green space groups across Adur and Worthing who work together to share resources and partner with other organisations. Their work ranges from gardening with dementia patients, nature conservation, community allotments and historic tours - an impressive mix of community activities. During the lockdown, many people ‘discovered’ their neighbourhoods, with our groups seeing an increase in the number of people wanting to volunteer - albeit, at a difficult time to properly get involved. Green Tides was also lucky enough to welcome several new volunteers 10  |  SustainableAW Magazine - Winter 2020

and build a stronger team to take forward some exciting projects in 2021. A new funding coordinator, Tom, helped to raise over £7,000 so that we can get some essential training for our member groups and buy some tree guards to protect new mature trees being planted throughout our green spaces. Our exciting new project is a Wildflower Trail, an idea from another new volunteer Chris, who was inspired by the beautiful spring during lockdown. He wanted to encourage more wildflower planting and help people enjoy what they were seeing - the Wildflower Trail was born. Across Adur and Worthing

next year, the Councils, our member groups, schools and nurseries and individuals will be planting wildflower seeds. These natural patchworks of joy and colour will help support our lovely bees, butterflies and pollinators. We will be developing a website, with lots of pictures and resources so watch this space for that. Our committee has a new chair, Lisa, who will help steer the projects in 2021, making sure our Friends and volunteers continue to be recognised and supported by partner organisations. Our website is now updated regularly by another new volunteer Emily, who is helping to map all green space groups and promote their work. For more information and to get involved, visit: or find us on Facebook: GreenTides

Pop-up cycle lane on Upper Shoreham Road, next to Buckingham Park (photo: Shoreham-By-Cycle)

Shoreham cycle options explored Cycling groups are working with Adur & Worthing Councils to encourage West Sussex County Council bring well-designed cycle routes to the area. A pop-up cycle lane was installed by West Sussex County Council at Upper Shoreham Road in Shoreham, as part of a government bid to allow local authorities to reallocate road space to walking and cycling.The aim was to reduce pressures on public transport during the Coronavirus pandemic. Once it opened in September, hundreds of people a week used the route to go to school, work or simply get from A to B. The scheme was of a temporary nature and last month West Sussex County Council, which is responsible for public highways, said it would be removing it. However, the county council has said it has not ruled out a more permanent route being developed in the area, providing it can agree

additional funding. Residents have said people must take part in any public consultations that go ahead. Councillor Kevin Boram, Adur District Council’s cycling champion, said: “We always said from the off that these temporary COVID cycle lanes would not be perfect.What the Shoreham route has shown is that there is a desire for dedicated routes, particularly for school children. However we must make sure that it is designed well and subject to a full and proper consultation to ensure it is the right fit for cyclists and other road users.” The route was prioritised after the need for a cycle lane was highlighted in Adur & Worthing Councils’ Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. Clive Andrews, from ShorehamBy-Cycle, stressed the importance of finding a permanent solution. He said: “Upper Shoreham Road tops the list for urgent action when

it comes to cycling. It’s an important link across our town that connects thousands to schools, shops and leisure facilities. “The temporary cycle lanes completely changed the way people got around. Parents previously wary of letting their children cycle to school no longer felt the car was their only option. Newcomers to cycling had an easy way of riding across Shoreham and commuters found the road safer. “New options for mobility were opened up, including for older and disabled people.” “With lots of space along much of the road’s length, there is scope to make quick and easy changes with minimal disruption to traffic. The future of its cycle lanes remains uncertain but what we do know is that the more we get the chance to try different options, the more we can work towards a goal of safe, sustainable travel across our area.” SustainableAW Magazine - Winter 2020  |  11

WINDMILLS INSTALLED AT BROOKLANDS LAKE Work to improve Brooklands Park and support its wildlife has taken a step forward this autumn as the installation of two windmills has begun to oxygenate the lake

One of the windmills installed at Brooklands Lake

Ducks on Brooklands Lake

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Before the summer of 2018 there were regular blooms of algal growth including potentially toxic blue green algae. In response, the lake was dredged and silt was removed to increase the depth of water. A further oxygenation process was recommended to mitigate against the risk of future outbreaks. The windmills, which stand at 13 feet tall, are located on the north and south islands, each attached to two air stone diffusers. They are powered by the wind and have zero carbon emissions - helping with the Councils’ carbon neutral commitment. Maintenance of the windmills is minimal, no electrical installation is required, and there are no ongoing power costs. Councillor Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital & Environmental Services, said: “It’s fantastic to see sustainable energy solutions being used at Brooklands Park.These windmills offer visitors the opportunity for interpretation around wind-generated power and sustainable energy solutions, in the light of the climate crisis, as well as offering a functional and beneficial

impact on the lake environment and for local wildlife.” The level of the water was lowered before the installation to enable access to the islands and to place the diffusers at the bottom of the lake. The installation of the windmills also coincides with some work to improve the main bridge in the park. The additions come weeks after plans to transform Brooklands Park into a £3 million jewel-in-the-crown destination were given a boost with a £100,000 grant from the Rampion Fund at Sussex Community Foundation, set up by Rampion Offshore Windfarm. This will contribute to the building of a state-of-the-art sustainable cafe close to the lake. The £3m Brooklands project will involve: a play area with 30 pieces of equipment; an outdoor space for multi-use events such as football; a contemplative garden bordering the Teville Stream with sensory planting; an accessible pathway around the lake with seating areas and shelters; a 2.5k fitness trail; and a mount celebrating the highest point in the park with views of the sea give a strong sense of place.

New boost to natural habitat as Adur Council set to buy two green spaces Pad Farm

Vital open land is to be protected and enhanced as Adur District Council makes its second large scale intervention in three months In September the Council announced plans to purchase the 70-acre site at New Salts Farm, between Lancing and Shoreham, to protect it from housing and return it to natural habitat. Now the Council has also announced it is in advanced talks to buy Pad Farm, 45-acres of arable farmland on the western banks of the River Adur north of the A27. It wants to return the land to salt marsh, to encourage biodiversity and to enhance the site’s role in flood defence plans. Salt marshes are important habitats for many rare and unusual species which have adapted to living in an environment that is regularly covered by tides. They help protect the land around from flooding, in addition to being a natural source for capturing climatechanging carbon gases. Adur District Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, Cllr Emma Evans, said: “I am delighted to be moving ahead with this project.

Coming so soon after our purchase of New Salts Farm it proves this Council is taking the protection of our natural resources seriously. “We are working hard to strike a balance between creating much needed new homes for people who want to live here and the protection of our environment, in particular the Adur estuary environment.These two large pieces of land will now be protected from development and add to our natural estuarine riches for generations to come.” Both sites could offer a biodiversity net gain toward flood defence plans for the area as the development of homes at the Western Harbour Arm has resulted in a small loss of mud flats. Where development cannot avoid some loss of natural habitat, compensatory payments make it possible to develop green space schemes elsewhere such as Pad Farm and New Salts Farm.

We are working hard to strike a balance between creating much needed new homes for people who want to live here and the protection of our environment

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KEEP WARM, CUT COSTS, CUT CARBON Did you know homes are responsible for nearly 40% of carbon emissions in Adur and Worthing? With winter on the way and home working becoming the norm for many, how we heat our properties has never been more important. To help, SustainableAW looks at a series of green schemes which could help cut down emissions and save you money along the way...

LEAP Energy advice service LEAP has helped more than 250 Adur and Worthing households save money and keep their homes warm in the last year, thanks to its successful collaboration with the Councils. Advisers have installed more than 1,400 free energy saving measures in residents’ homes, including LED light bulbs, hot water cylinder jackets, and draught proofing. Both renters and homeowners can benefit from the collaboration’s many other services, such as its energy

switching service or free money advice consultations. The partnership has already saved residents more than £370,000 over the next 10 years. But the collaboration is not only keeping residents warm and saving them cash. It’s also helping to combat climate change as part of the Councils’ SustainableAW plan to drive down carbon emissions across Adur and Worthing. Energy use in homes is the largest source of the area’s emissions,

generating 38% of its carbon output. The home energy visits carried out so far will prevent the production of more than 750 tonnes of climatedamaging carbon emissions over the next 10 years. Call LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership) now on 0800 060 7567 to book your free home visit or apply online

Warmer Homes / Solar Together Warmer Homes Struggling with expensive electric heating or room heaters? Or have a cold home that doesn’t keep warm? Warmer Homes offer fully funded central heating, low carbon heating and insulation measures to help your home stay warm and keep your bills low if your property is EPC E, F or G rated and your household income is below £30,000/year. Book a free assessment: call 0800 038 5737 ask for Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme application or go to 14  |  SustainableAW Magazine - Winter 2020

Solar Together Installing solar panels on your roof is a fantastic way to cut your carbon emissions. So if you’re looking to find a good deal, the Solar Together programme by group buying experts iChoosr, in partnership with councils across Sussex, can help. All homeowners need to do is register their interest with the programme online. iChoosr then goes to auction, finding the supplier willing to install solar panels for the lowest cost. Once a supplier is chosen, registered homeowners receive a personal offer and are then given

six weeks to decide whether to accept it or not. More than 700 Adur and Worthing residents have already registered with Solar Together - the third-most of any area in Sussex. The first wave of installations is set to begin on December 14 with the supplier offering a 33% discount on average market rates. Solar Together hopes to hold another auction in spring or summer next year for those who missed out the first time round. Register your interest at

Warmer Sussex With so many ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency, it can be a struggle to know where to start. So not-for-profit group Warmer Sussex has developed a fantastic online tool to explore the many costeffective options for your home. With just your postcode and address, the free Warmer Sussex Plan Builder calculates what improvements you can make to your home, tailored to your budget and priorities.

You can then submit your plan to Warmer Sussex, who will assign you a retrofit coordinator to visit your home, provide tailored advice and refine your plan. Once you’re happy with your plan, the coordinator will find trusted contractors, oversee the work and check everything is completed to the required standards so you can relax and enjoy your enhanced home.

Use Warmer Sussex’s free Plan Builder and find out how your home can become more energy efficient by visiting plan-builder

Green Homes Grant For those who want to improve their home’s energy efficiency but are worried about the price, the Government’s new Green Homes Grant could help. Homeowners can apply for up to £10,000 in vouchers to cover the costs of insulation or eco-friendly central heating such as solar thermal heating or biomass boilers. The voucher can also pay for all manner of additional green home improvements including doubleglazing, draught proofing, and smart thermostats.

Successful applicants receive a voucher which can be used to pay your chosen tradesperson. If you are unsure how much money you are able to claim or you want help applying for the Green Homes Grant, the Warmer Homes team can help. Warmer Homes experts can provide a free energy assessment of your home and help you access the Green Homes Grant and other helpful funds so you can improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your fuel bills.

To find out if you’re eligible for the Green Homes Grant, visit To book a free assessment with Warmer Homes, call 0800 038 5737 or visit

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Recognition for Zero 2030 Climate Conference

The Adur & Worthing Community led Zero 2030 Climate Conference has won an award from CPRE for its success in engaging local communities and businesses

Zero 2030 Keynote speaker Isabella Tree, of Knepp Estate, on rewilding

The award recognises the unique partnership between Worthing Climate Action Network,Transition Town Worthing and Adur & Worthing Councils in delivering the event, which attracted hundreds of local people, showcasing local environmental projects and inspiring a wave of new initiatives. Since the event,Worthing Climate Action Network has produced a visionary draft Climate Plan which was welcomed by Adur & Worthing Councils in September. The plan summarises proposals from conference workshops, using the SustainableAW themes. It summarises the diversity and richness of local organisations working in Adur and Worthing and sets out key areas for action. In early 2021 the climate plan and recommendations from the Climate Assembly will be widely consulted on through workshops and exhibitions as we gather momentum, agree actions and make them happen. Exploring pathways to achieve the zero carbon target A Carbon Neutral Study for Adur and Worthing has been developed, using the SCATTER tool created by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.The tool helps local authorities understand ways to reduce emissions to meet climate

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objectives.The study doesn’t define the pathway but outlines the ambition needed to achieve the carbon neutral target. The Study identifies that the largest source of emissions in Adur and Worthing are from gas and electricity use in homes (38%), then other buildings (25%), followed by transport (25%) and waste (10%).The study sets out potential interventions across a suite of key themes.The interventions must be delivered at scale and pace to achieve the carbon neutral target. Here are some examples: • 90% of homes have heat pumps in place of gas boilers • 80% of all suitable homes have solar photovoltaic panels • heat loss in homes is reduced by 75% • 100% non domestic buildings have heat pumps • 38% reduction in car miles travelled • 100% cars and buses are electric • 20% reduction in the amount of waste produced • 85% of commercial and household waste is recycled To see the SCATTER study, or the Draft Climate Plan, go to sustainable-aw (Carbon and Leadership pages)

We have the opportunity to make a huge difference to Sussex wildlife By Henri Brocklebank, of Sussex Wildlife Trust, and Sean Ashworth, of Sussex IFCA

HELP OUR KELP In January 2020 the Sussex Inshore Fisheries Authority (IFCA) concluded a robust local consultation process reviewing nearshore trawling in Sussex The resulting proposed bylaw will prohibit trawling and remove its impacts along the Sussex coastline. It would result in the protection of 300km2 of seabed, allowing for natural regeneration of habitats.The consultation was supported by more than 2,000 individuals. and groups. This area once hosted an extensive kelp forest, teeming with wildlife and providing a breeding ground for many species including commercially-caught fish and shellfish.What is shocking is this habitat has been lost relatively recently, since the 1980s. The campaign to promote this protection (Help Our Kelp #HOK) was supported by Sir David Attenborough. He narrated the award-winning film made by Big Wave Productions to explain the habitats that have been lost and how they could be allowed to return. We have the opportunity to make a huge difference to Sussex wildlife, a big step towards linking sensitive fishing practices with the regeneration of the health of our seas.

Once protected the sea can provide a range of services for us and for wildlife such as food provision, maintaining species diversity, protecting us from storm damage and climate change busting carbon storage. Evidence tells us that withdrawing trawling from areas can have extremely positive impacts. The Sussex IFCA Nearshore Trawling Byelaw has been agreed locally and is awaiting confirmation sign off by the Secretary of State for the Environment.The Help Our Kelp Partnership (Sussex Wildlife Trust,The Blue Marine Foundation, the Marine Conservation Society and Big Wave Production) has been supported by a wealth of national and local organisations in the process. We are also supported by local MPs and a range of researchers who are keen to demonstrate support for the initiative and study the regenerating kelp forest. Visit helpourkelp SustainableAW Magazine - Winter 2020  |  17

Local Food Systems “At this time of year, it is a magical treat to visit my local farmers’ food market on a Saturday morning” - Jennifer Ryan, a Senior Planning Officer at the Councils, reflects on an autumn day out There is such an abundance of nourishing vegetables that make excellent hearty soups which is just what I need on cold crisp days. I like the fact that the produce is locally grown and thus has very low food miles from the field to the farmers’ market to being served up on my dinner plate. Also, it is an excellent way to reduce the consumption of buying plastic packaged produce so a win-win for the environment. Local food systems are attracting greater interests amongst community groups that are passionate about sustainability but also for health and wellbeing purposes. Involvement in community food growing projects can help establish a healthier relationship with food and be more involved in outdoor activity thus helping to address the obesity epidemic. It provides hands-on learning experiences for children and families as well as equipping volunteers with skills and confidence. From an environmental perspective, local food growing spaces contribute to the green infrastructure network, 18  |  SustainableAW Magazine - Winter 2020

improve biodiversity as well as adapting to climate change. Climate change, through droughts and flooding, has devastating implications for food production, quality and security which in turn affects the health and wellbeing of current and future generations. A growing population requires a sustainable food system that doesn’t degrade our natural ecosystems, as seen through deforestation for agriculture production such as monoculture palm oil plantations.The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the need for resilience in food security. A ‘fairer and sustainable food system’ is a key area of focus for the Councils with the SustainableAW framework setting out key actions such as: developing a new Food Partnership; and exploring Council land for food, tree and rewilding. This is supported by the Councils’ ‘And Then... Bouncing back in post pandemic Adur and Worthing’ report which says “... our immediate focus will be on understanding the food system

outside of the paid economy in order to create access to healthy food for everyone.” The planning system, particularly through Local Plans, has an important part to play with regards to supporting opportunities for communities to access healthier food, allotments and community food growing schemes. Areas for food growing can be integrated into public spaces and shared spaces in residential and non-residential development.We are proactively exploring how to embed opportunities for food growing within a number of draft policies in the emerging Worthing Local Plan. More details on this will be announced in due course. The Shoreham Farmers’ Market takes place every second Saturday of the month. Due to COVID-19 restrictions it is currently held in Tarmount Lane car park. Full details on this and other markets at:

MEET THE FOOD PIONEERS We Are FoodPioneers, creating an autumn buzz around food and nature Written by Debs Butler It’s been a busy autumn at We Are FoodPioneers. Our Worthing Honey Collective volunteers harvested the honey from the hives at Worthing Leisure Centre, put the bees to bed for winter and partnered with the Friends of Brooklands Park to clear and prepare an area of derelict overgrown land. For 2021 we’re creating a beautiful bee and pollinator friendly haven and with support from Ranger Craig and the Adur & Worthing Parks Team we have started sowing organic pollinator friendly seeds donated by Wildflower Lawns and Meadows. Look out next year for knapweed, poppies, oxeye daisies, yarrow and other pollinator takeaway delights. With Community Works, and borne out of COVID, we’ve also been an integral part of developing the Adur & Worthing Food Partnership which brings together a number of emergency food providers to ensure a coordinated response to the ever-growing need of local people in accessing food, support and connection. As a result of this We Are FoodPioneers was grateful to receive funding from The National Lottery

and Sussex Community Fund to support two new initiatives.With our growing team of volunteers, BATCH is all about creating nutritious meals from donated surplus food which would otherwise go to waste. We never know what food will be donated until 24 hours before and operations definitely have a “ready, steady, cook” feel to them! After each session we deliver more than 300 meals to neighbours in need across the town who are often vulnerable, socially isolated or struggling to make ends meet. Alongside BATCH we’re piloting Cook&Share with Time To Talk Befriending, which is, put simply, a cooking and befriending scheme. A volunteer cook creates an extra portion of delicious home cooked food, delivers it to the recipient’s doorstep, and offers a chat, friendship and connection. Our big dream is for everyone across the town to be a FoodPioneer.

Our big dream is for everyone across the town to be a FoodPioneer

If you’d like to volunteer, donate or support us in any way please drop us a line we’d love to hear from you:

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Common grey seals are living up to their name at the moment, with the team at the Councils’ Coastal Office regularly seeing these creatures pop up in the sea and occasionally on land. With the heat from the sun now tailing off and the water temperature starting to do the same, this is a plentiful time of crossover in our sea fish species with whiting and codling adding to our late summer stock of whom are already here, such as bass, bream and most of the flatfish family. As witnessed this week, the grey seals are busy chasing winter whitefish along with summer mackerel and mullet, of which one seems to fall victim every time the seals emerge from the water with a successful catch in their mouth. Both of these seals have been spotted west of the pier and feeding fast in the ebbing tide.

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Like all cetaceans and seals, numbers can be blamed for a decline in fish stocks but actually on the flipside they are a great indicator as to how productive an area of water can be, they wouldn’t be there if the area was void of life. As mentioned before, if we continue to reduce single use plastics and support the reinstatement of our seabed then with the ground flora thriving once more, a solitary hunting seal will be joined by many others, scenes we haven’t witnessed locally for 60 plus years. Let’s hope going forward we can find a balance for our marine wildlife to thrive and once again inhabit areas lost. Alongside this, how nice would it also be for a sustainable and productive fishing industry to run alongside in harmony. Keep your eyes peeled, you never know what you may see!

Rob Dove, Senior Foreshore Inspector

EPIC Sompting A six-hectare wildlife meadow and two new ponds have popped up in Sompting as part of a communityled project to create a new wetland habitat. EPIC - which stands for Enhancing Places, Inspiring Communities - is a Heritage Lottery-funded project led by the Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust. Since 2016, the team and its army of volunteers have recreated a one kilometre section across Sompting Brooks, which is just north of the railway line. This has involved re-routing a previously unseen and polluted chalk stream - one of only just over 200 in the world - before installing measures to keep it fresh and clean. Much of the recent focus has been on landscaping with thousands of new hedges and trees planted by volunteers from across the community. There are also two new ponds and the neighbouring field is being converted from arable land into a wildflower meadow.

Green shoots started to appear in autumn with volunteers reporting it is already showing signs of boosting biodiversity and supporting wildlife. Visitors may also be surprised to stumble across a knucker hole, which is a small round bottomless pool that maintains water level and constant temperature year round and is associated with myths and legends of dragons. The Sompting Brooks site is part of the Sompting Estate, who are key partners in the project. Even with restrictions throughout much of the year, regular activities take place on the site which involve the local community. These include litter picks, batwalks, Bioblitz Events and Freshwater Invertebrates Sampling. There has also been the establishment of the Helping Hands for Harvest Mice Citizen Science Project while residents are encouraged to help chart hedgehogs who are using the area as a wildlife corridor. The EPIC project forms part of

the Adur & Ouse catchment, which covers the area where rainfall is collected before flowing into the sea at Shoreham and Newhaven. It sees a number of organisations working together to improve the condition and sustainability of the area, including improvements to water quality, enhanced biodiversity, reduced flood risk, resilience to climate change, and health and well-being benefits for local communities as they engage with and take ownership of their local marine environment. For more information visit

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What is SustainableAW? SustainableAW is a framework for action across Adur and Worthing, dedicated to addressing the big challenges of our time, climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental sustainability. It is a shared plan between communities and the Councils - the focus is on delivering positive change not just creating a plan for its own sake SHARED LEADERSHIP Deepening engagement and capacity for sustainability

LAND USE & PLANNING Delivering sustainable land use and planning

CARBON REDUCTION Radically reducing carbon emissions

CLIMATE RESILIENCE Improving resilience to a changing climate

ENERGY Transitioning to clean, secure, affordable energy

FOOD Developing a fairer, more sustainable food system TRANSPORT Shifting to sustainable transport and improving air quality

WATER Improving water quality and reducing consumption

WASTE REDUCTION Reducing waste, increasing reuse, recycling and composting

BIODIVERSITY Rewilding to create more and better spaces for wildlife

First adopted by Adur & Worthing Councils in 2018, the framework originally focused on six action areas: carbon, biodiversity, transport, energy, waste and water. Lots of progress was made in the first year, such as: • taking the UK100 Cities pledge to achieve 100% clean energy across Adur and Worthing by 2050 • declaring a Climate Emergency • committing to become carbon neutral across Council services by 2030 and adopting a Carbon Neutral Plan to achieve this • launching LEAP, the energy advice service helping local residents reduce energy bills and carbon emissions, and installing over 1,000 energy saving measures in local homes • installing a large 20kW solar photovoltaic array on Shoreham Centre roof 22  |  SustainableAW Magazine - Winter 2020

• starting design work on two district heat systems for Shoreham Harbour and Worthing Civic site • developing a Plastic Free Council Plan, plastic free elections and meetings, and supporting community groups to launch Plastic Free Worthing and Refill schemes in Worthing, Shoreham and Lancing • lots of work on the transport agenda Recognising the remit needed broadening, in December 2019, four further action areas were added to SustainableAW: food, climate resilience, shared leadership and land use & planning. To achieve its aims, the Councils recognised the need to join forces with the local community, businesses and other partners. So a new tier of actions were invited from partners to create a more dynamic, shared programme.

At the climate conference, Zero 2030, participants were invited to propose their own actions for SustainableAW. These are now being drawn together to develop a truly shared plan. SustainableAW will drive momentum across Adur and Worthing to address our big environmental challenges, helping develop partnerships and forums, broadening the reach, supporting funding bids, increasing capacity, and deepening effectiveness through working together. Find out more about SustainableAW on the Councils’ website: sustainable-aw

Lending lizards and snakes sss-support by Craig Ifield, Adur & Worthing Councils’ park ranger As a park ranger I’m used to getting my hands dirty. But recently I was tasked with lending my support for a slippery task with a difference Lizards on headstones in Heene Cemetery

These are beautiful and wonderful creatures that need to be supported

We had the joy relocating reptiles onto our sites across the area ahead of the proposed redevelopment of Decoy Farm in east Worthing. The majority were introduced to Heene Cemetery in Worthing with 74 slow worms and 12 common lizards now making a home in the variety of long grass, shaded spots and headstones. Lizards are cold blooded, so for energy they need heat.When they were being moved, they would sit in our hands quite happily warming their bodies getting ready to move. The headstones hold heat for a long time and allow for basking areas in the sun which is essential for the day to day activity of the lizards. These creatures will now be monitored and looked after by the Friends of Heene Cemetery, who will see if the site can be made more suitable for them by clearing more basking patches or laying corrugated metal down to give the lizard a heating pad and a habitat. We have also released grass snakes into the back of Larkfield in Lancing. The mixture of long grass, water and damp soil is perfect for these snakes to make habitats and hunt.

We helped too with some clearance work and a log pile built to make this site even better. There is also the possibility for them to be added to Malthouse Meadow as the mixed grasses and semi-isolated location allows for there to be a free flow of movement to other sites with minimal disruption from roads and traffic. These snakes will be helped further by the dead hedge piles and semi-compost areas, as the heat from rotting and decomposing vegetation will help the incubation period of its some 10 to 40 eggs that it lays. Reptiles are some of the oldest animals on earth, with many having direct links to the dinosaurs, and their habits are under constant threat. These are beautiful and wonderful creatures that need to be supported. They are crucial to local wildlife, helping with many processes in nature and allow for other species to thrive also.They are a key link in the food chain. If you have access to open space, why not try doing your bit to help these amazing creatures to thrive on our doorstep.

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SUSTAINABLE ADUR AND WORTHING DIRECTORY If you’ve been inspired to get involved in protecting and improving the environment in Adur and Worthing please get in touch with any of these amazing local groups

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Arun & Adur Greenpeace

Keep Lancing Lovely @AdurGreenpeace on Twitter @klancinglovely on Twitter

Bringing together people from across Arun and Adur to campaign for Greenpeace, with a meeting once a month.

Food Pioneers

We Are Food Pioneers is a Worthing-based social food enterprise that creates innovative food-based projects in and around Worthing, inspired by the land and sea. @foodpioneers on Twitter

Friends of Brooklands Park

The Friends of Brooklands are a local community group, who hold planting, weeding and litter picks at Brooklands Park, helping protect wildlife and the local open space.

Friends of Lancing Ring

Friends of Lancing Ring was set up as part of the Sussex Countryside Campaign.This community group is aimed at the local people of Adur, all those who use and/or care about Lancing Ring.This group survey, monitor and protect the wildlife on Lancing Ring, undertake conservation work, path maintenance and little clearance.

Green Tides - Adur and Worthing Green Spaces Partnership

Green Tides is the partnership across Adur and Worthing for Friends of parks and green space volunteer groups.They work together to share knowledge and resources, promote the work of their members and collaborate with partners.

This Lancing based community group is helping to protect our local beach and open spaces through beach litter picks and tidy up days in local parks.

LEAP Local Energy Advice Partnership LEAP is a free service that is helping people keep warm and reduce their energy bills without costing them any money. @LeapService on Twitter

Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust

The Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust (OART) is dedicated to the environmental protection and enhancement of the Sussex River Ouse, the River Adur, their tributaries and impoundments. It is a registered charity and a member of the national body now known as The Rivers Trust. They are also the project lead for the EPIC project. @OuseAdurRT on Twitter

Plastic Free Worthing

A group aiming to help Worthing counter the dangers of plastic pollution by reducing dependency on singleuse and non essential plastics, while organising regular beach cleans.


Refill is a City to Sea campaign set up to stop marine plastic pollution at source.The Refill app connects people to places to eat, drink and shop with less waste.

Highdown Gardens

Highdown Gardens is situated between Ferring and Goring nestled on the South Downs. Entry into the gardens is free of charge.The whole garden has been deemed a National Collection. SustainableAW Magazine - Winter 2020  |  25

Repair cafe

A team of volunteers can help to repair your clothes, toys, bicycles, laptops, computers, small household electrical items, small items of furniture and knife/ scissor sharpening.They also offer PAT testing, energy switching advice and refills.


Shoreham-By-Cycle is a local group that works hard to celebrate and enable cycling in the local area.They talk to councils, politicians, businesses, schools, police, community organisations and local people, finding ways to ensure cycling within Shoreham-by-Sea is as good as it can be. @ShorehamByCycle on Twitter

Transition Town Worthing

Transition Town Worthing (TTW) is a Community Interest Company that very much works at a practical, grass roots level - creating solutions, sharing ideas, skills, knowledge and expertise with each other about climate change, saving energy and water, growing our own food, working toward Zero Waste, re-skilling and bringing the community together to support and enable each other to lead more sustainable lives. @TTWorthing on Twitter

Tree Action

TreeActionUK organises tree planting and maintenance programmes in schools with the help of experts and community volunteers working with environmental organisations for the supply of trees, enabling young people to reconnect with their environment.

Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is a marine conservation & campaigning charity inspiring, uniting & empowering communities to protect oceans, waves, beaches and wildlife.The local group regularly organise beach cleans and campaign activity.

Sussex Wildlife Trust

This charity manages over 30 nature reserves across Sussex, acting to protect the wildlife and the natural environment, while helping people of all ages learn about nature. Sussex Wildlife Trust also conduct research supporting conservation in the county and engage policy makers to encourage positive change. @SussexWildlife on Twitter

TCV Growing Communities

A community led project to develop activities and events identified by residents on their local greenspaces with the aim of improving health & wellbeing @TCVADURWORTHING on Twitter

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Warmer Sussex

Warmer Sussex can help give more advice about the Government-funded Green Homes Grant scheme and also help with guidance around retrofitting. Retrofitting your home is all about adding energy-saving measures to make your home more energy efficient.

Worthing Boys Club Recycling

Worthing Boys’ Club is a sports based youth club, aiming to do their bit for the environment by recycling the extra items that can’t go in the local collection recycling bins.

Worthing Climate Action Network

Worthing Climate Action Network (Worthing CAN) campaigns for action on climate change.They have concentrated efforts on asking West Sussex County Council to divest their pension funds from fossil fuels which included many public outreach events.They led on the delivery of the successful Zero 2030 conference in partnership with the Councils. @WorthingCan on twitter

THE SUSTAINABILITY TEAM MEMBERS Meet the new Green Team ... Francesca Iliffe, Strategic Sustainability Manager: Francesca works across the Councils and communities to address the Climate Emergency and improve the sustainability of the Council, our places and communities. Francesa says: “It’s exciting to be creating and managing a new Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Team with three new staff. It means we can go further and faster in addressing our environmental challenges.The Councils’ investment in building this capacity shows the very real commitment to this agenda.This is further demonstrated by Alex Bailey changing our Director’s job title. Paul Brewer is now Director of Digital, Sustainability and Resources, giving Sustainability a higher profile in the organisation. I’ve been at the Councils for two-and-half-years, and I’m really proud of what has been achieved. Now we will have capacity to deliver even more against Platform 3, SustainableAW and our Carbon Neutral Plan through our fantastic new colleagues, who all bring passion and commitment along with their expertise.”

Dan Goodchild, Carbon Reduction Manager Dan will hold responsibility for the Councils’ Carbon Neutral Plan to deliver on the commitment to become carbon neutral. He’ll be designing projects to help reduce carbon emissions associated with fossil fuel gas and power use in buildings, and carbon emissions from transport fuel use.This will help us bring Council emissions down from our 2020 baseline of 3,000 tonnes. Dan says: “My interest in sustainability and ensuring future generations can enjoy the world we live in stems from a love of the outdoors. I hope my background of delivering energy projects at Crawley,West Sussex and Brighton & Hove will let me hit the ground running in Adur and Worthing. I have worked with renewable technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps, insulation and heating upgrades, lighting and helped to deliver Sussex’s first local authority-led district heating scheme in Crawley. Being responsible for both urban and rural areas gives Adur and Worthing lots of challenges but also lots of flexibility in how we meet our targets and will certainly keep us busy for the foreseeable future!”

Carol Murphy, Project Manager (Carbon Reduction) Carol will be working on delivering projects that reduce council carbon emissions under the Carbon Reduction Plan.There is scope for us to deliver more solar projects, but the role will be wider, including energy efficiency and other renewable energy projects. Carol says: “I’ve always had an interest in sustainability and renewables which led me to study Energy Engineering in Ireland covering a variety of renewable and lowcarbon energy technologies. I’ve worked in the solar photovoltaic industry, mainly on large-scale multi-MW plants in the UK and Europe but I’ve also been involved in smaller commercial and domestic rooftop projects. It’s been fantastic to work in the solar industry and I’m now delighted to be joining this new team that is going to tackle a range of sustainability and carbon reduction projects.”

Chloe Clarke, Sustainability Officer Chloe will be working across the Councils and communities to address the Climate Emergency and ecological crises. She’ll be developing partnerships and projects with external organisations and helping deliver SustainableAW. Chloe says: “I’m really pleased to have started as the Sustainability Officer in this growing team. I’ve been working as a Project Manager in the policy and partnerships team at the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership for the last seven years. I co-developed the citywide Food Strategy Action Plan, and led on a range of projects to do with food waste and single-use plastics. Before that I worked at the RSPCA on national behaviour change campaigns to improve farm animal welfare.With a degree in Ecology and Conservation, my passion is around biodiversity and the natural environment. I’m really looking forward to working on the Climate Assembly and to feel like I’m doing something positive towards the climate emergency.” SustainableAW Magazine - Winter 2020  |  27

I Take I Give I take a look, I take a breath, I take a while, To take a stand. I give a smile, I give a damn, I give a heartbeat, To this land. I take a stride, I take a snap, I take the trouble, To think of you.

I give my time, I give my word, I give myself, To see this through.

Pauline Rutter Artist-in-Residence for the Adur and Worthing Climate Assembly

This magazine is created with full green credentials using carbon neutral production and FSC® certified paper which has been harvested in a responsible manner.This magazine has also helped finance the removal of plastic from the sea. CO2 emissions are offset through the Clean Oceans Plastic Bank in Haiti, Indonesia and the Philippines. Paper is from sustainably managed sources.