New eco-hub has 'enourmous potential' to help Rugbeians reduce carbon footprints and save money - The Rugby Observer

New eco-hub has 'enourmous potential' to help Rugbeians reduce carbon footprints and save money

Rugby Editorial 13th Mar, 2024   0

ECO-FRIENDLY groups are aiming to bring Rugby residents together to tackle the climate crisis through a new community centre with ‘enormous potential’.

Transition Town Rugby (TTR) and Rugby Repair Cafe have joined forces with members of the community to develop the Rugby Eco Hub.

The project aims to take over a building in Rugby as a place to raise awareness of the climate crisis, and help residents reduce their carbon footprints and save money while protecting themselves against an ‘uncertain future’.

The groups are holding an open day this weekend where residents and businesses can find out more and get involved.

TTR founder Rob Hopkins said: “If we wait for governments to act it will be too late. If we act as individuals it will be too little. But if we act as communities, we might just have a chance.”

TTR Secretary Alex Becker, a council officer and ex-teacher from Eastlands, has been working on the project for more than a year.

He said: “We know the vast majority of people in the UK believe climate change is a real threat, and yet most are uncertain what that will mean for them, or what they can do.

“In difficult times, we have always seen how communities coming together to help each other is what sees us through, and this is exactly what Rugby Eco Hub aims to achieve.

“We are already planning to host things such as the Repair Cafe, a Library of Things, seed and plant swaps, energy saving advice, as well as workshops, events and demonstrations.

“We’re also very keen to work with local sustainable businesses, makers and crafters to serve as an outlet for their great work. It really has enormous potential.”

The open day takes place on Sunday (March 17) at the Claremont Centre in Clifton Road, which the groups hope will become the permanent home of the Eco Hub.

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