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.
Green Box Associates is a technical consultancy based in Portsmouth that helps architects, planners, construction professionals and private individuals to use sustainable construction techniques to build energy efficient and eco-friendly buildings.
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.
Package Free Larder is a plastic-free grocery store that was founded by Zero Waste Portsmouth. It is a social enterprise run entirely by volunteers. A lot of the food is vegan and you can bring in your own containers, weigh, then pay.
Southsea Nature Nursery offers a wide range of innovative play and learning opportunities, created wherever possible from natural resources. The children are encouraged to learn about sustainability and the importance of looking after our natural world.
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.
Portsmouth's only B Corp sells and donates used furniture / equipment from businesses to keep them in reuse. They also donate 25% of their profits to a 'Sustainable Future Fund', which supports artisans, makers etc. to join the circular economy.
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 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.
This business takes used trainers, then repairs, cleans and resells them at affordable prices. In doing so it reduces the 300 million sneakers that go to landfill every year. As the co-founder says:
‘Everybody wants to do the right thing, but they need someone to facilitate that for them."
Wild Thyme are a worker co-operative with all employees having equal pay and status. They sell a wide range of natural, fair trade and organic food, all of which are vegan. They are very friendly and accommodating and will deliver to PO1 to PO7.
Supported by the Heritage Fund, CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) is a community archaeology project whose aim is to record and monitor coastal and intertidal heritage at risk from coastal change and climate change.
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.
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!'
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 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.
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.
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.
The SCT vision is that heritage buildings be brought back into sustainable, productive use for the benefit of the community. It is a non-profit organisation that operates under the principle of the Circular Economy.
Zero Waste Portsmouth is a group that aims to bring awareness around responsible consumption. They run workshops, and other events about how to live more sustainably, and have an active Facebook group of over 1000 members.
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.
Cornwallis Crescent Community Orchard is situated on ½ acre of land in an economically deprived area of Portsmouth. The site, destroyed by a German bomb in 1940, now now hosts about forty different kinds of fruit trees and bushes, and involves about 100 volunteers.
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.
The Milton Neighbourhood Planning Forum is a group of local residents, councillors and businesses who want to sustain the community of Milton, its green and spacious character and its protected shoreline through appropriate development.
Every month people who are interested in environmental issues meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.
Pompey Living Streets are a group of residents who would like to make our streets the focal point of community again: safe, vibrant and enjoyable places to socialize, walk, cycle, play out and organise events.
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.
Repair Cafe Portsmouth is a free event where people who need items repairing are put in contact with people who have the skills to repair them. The items can include: clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery and toys. Items are repaired for free but donations are encouraged.
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.
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.
All the minutes of the Board meetings, going back to the first meeting in September 2019, are uploaded on this page.
Portsmouth Emissions Profile (from SCATTER 2018) with possible solutions and actions
This table gives the breakdown of carbon emissions of Portsmouth residents in 2018 based on the Scatter tool. It also details some of the best understood and most effective solutions, their mechanism of delivery and how the public can help those happen.
Portsmouth City Council has been conducting a review into its biodiversity policies via the Traffic, Environment & Community Safety Scrutiny Panel. Our submission included proposals around mowing frequency, pesticide use, strimming and flailing of hedges / verges, communications between ground maintenance teams etc
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.
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.