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How will climate change affect BME communities in Greater Manchester?

Our climate is changing. Here in the UK we’re facing warmer, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers, with more chances of extreme weather such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall. As a consequence, we’ll face greater risks of drought and flooding, and other knock-on effects. Meanwhile, other countries across the globe are facing their own climate change challenges.

Our climate is changing. Here in the UK we’re facing warmer, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers, with more chances of extreme weather such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall. As a consequence, we’ll face greater risks of drought and flooding, and other knock-on effects. Meanwhile, other countries across the globe are facing their own climate change challenges.


What impact will all this have on the BME communities you work with?

For example:

Hotter, drier summers could: • make cities unpleasant to live in • increase pollution levels and the risk of heat stress and dehydration.

Climate change impacts in other countries may: • add to worries about family and friends abroad • create extra financial burdens for service users sending money home.

We’re looking for BME organisations working in Greater Manchester to join us on this project from May to November 2012. The programme includes a series of three one-day workshops in central Manchester and the chance to run your own project with some of your service users, plus £150 for taking part.

This is a unique opportunity to: • get to grips with climate change – one of society’s biggest challenges • focus on your service users’ future needs and ensure your services remain relevant and viable • better understand how your work can contribute to a sustainable future world – and access emerging funding streams relating to ‘sustainable development’ • work with climate change experts and other local BME organisations • boost your profile with decision makers, funders, beneficiaries and supporters.

Places are limited to 20 organisations so to ensure your involvement, apply today!

First workshop: Tuesday 1 May.

To find out more and apply, contact Kate Damiral at NCVO or visit the website. Tel: 020 7520 2540 Email: kate.damiral@ncvo-vol.org.uk www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/climatechange

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