The new Himalayan Centre for Arts & Culture in Leith kicked off their new Climate Challenge Fund project with a flavoursome bang last week, in a lively event with the World Kitchen in Leith. Through a shared interest in food, community members in Leith heard about the Leith Community Climate Change project and its environmental aspirations, while enjoying music, dancing, sun and momos! (Nepalsese dumplings).
Over the last few months the centre’s Leith Community Climate Change Project has involved the recruitment of a group of Community Champions, all trained to support households in EH6 to reduce their energy consumption and food waste levels. The event on May 31st at St James Church in Leith, in collaboration with the voluntary organisation World Kitchen in Leith (who cook the foods they love from different parts of the world) aimed to kick start these activities. The Community Champions were also introduced while the day provided an update on the building’s progress. Attendance was high, as was the appetite for both the delicious food and the project aims in general.
Alongside the household visits, the centre is teaming up with other groups in Leith to provide exciting monthly activities to inspire environmental action, but also make it enjoyable. Leith Community Pots and Crops will be showing us how to grow Veg on a Ledge, and a local artist will be running a Colour Ecology workshop showing how our community members can use plants to dye clothes.
The aims of this particular CCF project are not to necessarily encourage behaviour change by focusing on financial motivations and how people can save money by reducing their energy levels, but to develop a longer term approach to encouraging pro-environmental behaviours. To do this, we will be trying to understand motivations behind actions, by considering values based approaches and exploring these. We will keep you posted on our findings.
We have also established an exciting partnership with Leith Library. You can come and find out about our activities and services at our drop in sessions at the library every Thursday 12 – 1pm from the 3rd July. We will also be using this opportunity to discuss environmental issues with different groups and passers by, as well as running workshops for children including crafting recycled yetis!