Zero Carbon Britain: Rising To The Climate Emergency…

The ‘Centre for Alternative Technology’ or ‘CAT’, is a unique eco-centre in the beautiful area of Powys, Mid-Wales. For over 40 years, CAT has been teaching and exploring sustainable development, providing different level courses of qualified learning and publishing reports and information on all aspects of sustainable living. Some SCA members have been lucky enough to visit and learn there, while some of us still yearn for the opportunity to visit the ‘sustainable mecca’! Its original ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ report was something we circulated in the early days of SCA and ‘Zero Carbon Yorkshire’ ran a locally-adapted weekend workshop, based on CAT materials with us two years ago.

Now it has published ‘Zero Carbon Britain: Rising To The Climate Emergency’. In this updated report, CAT has incorporated the very latest developments in technology to explore how we in the UK can rise to ‘achieve what is necessary’ and the scenario given describes one possible future end point in which the UK has actually risen to the challenges of the 21st century. On the website, CAT has stated ‘This report provides a positive and technically feasible future scenario that aims to stimulate debate, foster all-party political commitment and catalyse action across all parts of society.’ There is a 3 minute video through YouTube that also introduces the report and features CAT stalwart Paul Allen along with Head of Development Ellen Kinsman to emphasise the positive yet much-needed changes. You can find the full report here. The CAT website also has a ‘Social Media Pack’ and gives resources to discuss on social media what a zero carbon Britain looks like, including a great Infographic, and you can find this page here.