Welcome to the Climate Action Marple website. This is the new name for MESS (Marple, Mellor and Marple Bridge Energy Saving Strategy). The name has changed to better reflect what we do to combat the Climate Crisis
As MESS, the group started in 2009 following a workshop day on the environment and climate change organised by Marple Churches Together Justice & Peace Group. The group was formed and is now open to people of all faiths and none. Originally it had the aims of promoting carbon reduction, raising awareness of climate change issues and finding local solutions to some of the resulting problems. The emphasis was perhaps more on saving energy.
Over the years the group has become increasingly concerned about the urgency of the climate crisis and its members at the AGM in December agreed to change the name to reflect this concern. The emphasis is now more on encouraging others to understand the emergency we all face and to take action accordingly.
Before Covid-19 we met monthly to discuss issues and plan events. These have included Film Nights on ecological issues and taking an ‘Information Table’ into Marple Precinct and to other community events such as the regular Autumn Festival at Roman Lakes. We gave out leaflets and discussed issues with the people passing by.
CAM has a ‘Thermal Imaging Camera’ which is used by members on invitation to go into homes of the public to discover heat loss and help suggest solutions.
We also have School Boxes containing items to educate the children. These are borrowed on a rota basis by local schools.
With Stockport Council’s encouragement and donations from lots of Marple residents, the group planted the Community Orchard on the Recreation Ground, Marple in 2017. There are over 65 fruit trees of all varieties which are looked after by a small group of volunteers.
A small ‘Incredible Edible’ group was formed to construct and look after the planters containing small vegetables and herbs on Marple Precinct. The produce is free for passersby to pick.
Over the years as MESS the group has held many information days and in September 2019 had a very successful ‘CLIMATE CRISIS IN MARPLE’ day As the keynote speaker Dr Chris Jones from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research suggested ” We are living in a warming world and this is a human problem. We need to tackle this globally and locally”.
CAM has now resumed monthly meetings at Marple Methodist church, normally on the second Monday of the month. If you have a passion about the environment and would like to join a group who want to make our local area, our country and our world a better place you would very welcome.