Resources

There are many climate champions already working to transform Portsmouth, in business, in our communities and with a campaigning focus. Explore them below or view them by topic.

If there is a business or group you think should be added: please email us.

We’re also developing a documents library.

Businesses

Anglepoise Lamps

A globally renown firm, based in Farlington, that provide a life time guarantee on all their domestic lamps, and go out of their way to source parts even for older models. They are currently mapping their plastic usage, and have reduced it by 70% during lockdown.

Contacts

Baffins Nature Nursery

The nursery sessions are held at the Stacey Centre, which has a mature fruit orchard, wild areas and raised flowerbeds. This offers a unique environment for children to experience the full benefits of playing and learning outdoors. The setting created is informed by the principles of the Forest Schools movement.

Herbies Health Store

Herbies is a health store providing wholefoods, vitamins, supplements and plant-based alternatives. They have an extensive organic and gluten-free selection and customers can refill their domestic cleaning and personal care products. Delivery and click and collect are also available.

Squidmoo

Squidmoo is a newly created local and independent business which focuses on creating and selling plastic-free products. They aim for their planet-friendly products to be manufactured to the highest quality, using sustainable materials throughout.

Contacts

Tweedy Clothing

Tweedy Clothing is an independent 'slow fashion' label that provides sustainable and ethical clothing. They use skilled adult workers who are paid fairly in great conditions, source recycled, natural or vegan fabrics and reuse any returned stock and offcuts.

UK Flyers

UK flyers is a local printing company that also delivers flyers and posters. They have recently secured funding from the Council’s workplace sustainable travel fund for an e-cargo bike and pool bike. Their standard flyer stock is FSC certified and any paper used is recycled locally.

Campaign groups

Final Straw Foundation

Final Straw Foundation, also known as Final Straw Solent, is a registered UK charity working with local communities and businesses to highlight the impact of plastic pollution. It aims to minimise the amount of plastic entering our local seas and wider oceans.

Contacts

Greenpeace Portsmouth

The local Greenpeace group for the Portsmouth Area (Gosport, Fareham, Wickham, Petersfield, Chichester, IOW etc). They say: 'Come along to our monthly meet-up to have a beer and a chat and help us plan our activities for the next month!'

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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is the leading nature conservation charity in the two counties. They protect local wildlife and inspire people to love nature through our area’s beautiful nature reserves and their programme of events.

Let Pompey Breathe

Let Pompey Breathe is a campaign for safe air quality in Portsmouth. It is a joint initiative involving Portsmouth Green Party, Portsmouth Friends of the Earth, Milton Neighbourhood Forum, and other groups concerned with the dangerous air quality locally.

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Plastic Free Portsmouth

Plastic Free Portsmouth is part of Surfers Against Sewage’s network of communities across the UK who are tackling single use plastic. They work with local businesses, the council and community groups to remove throwaway plastic from our daily lives and organisations.

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Pompey Street Space

Pompey Street Space is a resident-led campaign asking for a city-wide joined up network of cycle and walking routes. They have worked with local health professional in particular to highlight the costs to our health of a city dominated by cars.

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Portsmouth Friends of the Earth

Portsmouth Friends of the Earth wants to create a safer climate, flourishing nature, and healthy air, water and food, now and for future generations. They work with the local authority, and other campaign groups with this goal.

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Community groups

Community Cycle Centre

The Community Cycle Centre is a volunteer run project to recycle, repair and distribute bikes. It takes in unwanted, unloved and abandoned bikes and nurses them back to health. These are then given, in return for a small donation to cover costs, to those without wheels.

Incredible Edible Portsmouth

A small but growing group of Portsmouth citizens inspired by the Incredible Edible movement. Their vision for Portsmouth is one of fruit trees on every corner and vegetables growing around our schools, community centres and local businesses.

Portsmouth & Southsea Tree Wardens

The Portsmouth & Southsea Tree Wardens plant and care for trees locally, and develop imaginative projects to encourage others, including schoolchildren, to value their local trees and woods.

Contacts

Portsmouth Playing Out

Portsmouth Playing Out is part of a parent and resident led movement restoring children’s freedom to play out in the streets and spaces where they live, for their health, happiness and sense of belonging.

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The Trash Cafe Network

The Trash Cafe is a network of ‘pay as you feel’ cafes / shops that include hampers available for collection in Portsmouth and Gosport. Their aim is to save good food from going to waste. Customers decide the value of the food by paying in time, cash, skills or item donations.

More information about Portsmouth Climate Action Board

Climate Emergency declaration

In March 2019 Portsmouth City Council declared a Climate Emergency, which committed them to decarbonising their own operations and the city by 2030. See the Climate Emergency motion that was passed here. To help oversee this decarbonization they set up the Portsmouth Climate Action Board.

Main objectives of the Board:

1.Raise awareness of the climate and ecological emergency

We want to cut through the jargon and get a conversation started about the nature of the problem- our current way of living, travelling and heating our homes- and the solutions available.

This conversation would look at how we can prepare for a more unstable climate, but also most importantly how we can reduce emissions and change our relationship with nature.

2.Inspire and facilitate climate action in Portsmouth - within all sectors and communities

To do this we are launching this website to act as a hub for climate action, as well as establishing subgroups such as business, planning, and housing to identify barriers to change and brainstorm ways around them.

We are also setting up community groups that we will help green and rewild our city, including planting pocket parks, community orchards and tiny forests in partnership with Hampshire Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Portsmouth Friends of the Earth and Portsmouth City Council.

3. Help develop a Portsmouth Climate Action Strategy

The strategy will be consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement and built in collaboration with the city’s residents, main businesses and organisations. This is a mid-term goal that will be pursued once Covid restrictions and its financial impacts are more resolved.

Current membership of the Board:

Portsmouth City Council; Portsmouth Climate Alliance; Portsmouth Education Partnership; Portsmouth Football Club; Portsmouth Friends of the Earth; Portsmouth Hive, Portsmouth International Port, Portsmouth Naval Base; Portsmouth NUS; Portsmouth Water; Shaping Portsmouth, Sustrans; University of Portsmouth.

Invitation to join the Board

We are actively looking for organisations that represent women and people of colour to join the Board. If this is you, or you have a recommendation, please get in touch.

Terms of Reference for the Board

The Terms of Reference can be found below.

Meeting minutes

All the minutes of the Board meetings, going back to the first meeting in September 2019, are uploaded on this page.

Library

Portsmouth climate change risks: March 2021

The world is complex, interconnected and volatile; each decision has a bearing on predictions for the future. Risk assessments for climate change tend to assume that some sort of action will be taken in the future to alleviate climate risks. This risk assessment focuses upon the situation right now, not what we could, should or may plan to do at some point.

Outline
  1. Introduction
    1. Global context
    2. Regional context
  2. Built environment
    1. Flooding
    2. Heat
  3. Natural environment
    1. Green space
    2. Biodiversity
    3. Water
  4. Residents
    1. Health
    2. Wellbeing
    3. Air quality
  5. Economy
    1. Productivity
    2. Infrastructure and buildings
    3. Tourism
    4. Global supply chains
  6. Conclusion
    1. COVID-19
    2. Concluding remarks

Info

  • Author: Tristan Thorn
  • Extent: 33 pages
  • Size: 2.8 MB

SME carbon audit toolkit: 6 April 2021

Local businesses have the power to reduce their own emissions and influence the emissions of the entire city. We are looking to support them in reducing their emissions and showcase their achievements to the people of Portsmouth. This first toolkit will outline how to conduct a very straightforward carbon audit.

Info

  • Author: Tristan Thorn
  • Extent: 11 pages
  • Size: 2.4 MB