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Transition Worcester Climate Challenge group 1

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  • SarahC-S says:

    Lookin’ good! Can’t wait to see the outcome later this week. Good job everyone!! ?

  • Aaron Jones says:

    I am quite an involved person and having contributed heavily to the FUTURE WORCESTER scheme, it seems a natural conclusion to put my efforts into the Climate Challenge week as well. There were 6 of us in the team, and when I turned up (a few minutes late due to a cycle mechanical problem) I found out what our project was going to be. The scheme basically outlined a green money making or saving scheme or project and had an enormously wide scope to it. Personally I felt it could have used a bit more narrowing down, but it wasn’t down to us so we got stuck straight in.

    Our team had a good mix of skills and everyone worked well together, initially throwing in ideas we felt could get us leading in the right direction. We were a little unsure just how much funding would be made available to whatever we suggested, and although part of the aim was to save money, there would always be some outlay at the start no matter what we came up with. To that end I wanted water turbines on all the rivers weirs, starting with Worcester’s. As much as I liked the idea, we quickly moved onto other issues.

    After a good hour into the project we were returning frequently to a community hub centre idea, which we were throwing ideas into and it was growing as our lead idea. We had a number of ideas of where to site it right now if approached, and worked on that basis so we could get a feel of what could be involved, the costs and limitations etc.

    The centre would act as information exchange, skills database, food swap, leftovers recycling, leaflet and book library, internet access point and a cafe to sit, eat and drink whilst chatting with the various experts who would drop in. Transition Worcester would of course take the lead on this, starting it off, manning it initially whilst looking for the 30 volunteers we would be seeking.

    There were some discussion early on that we felt this probably wouldn’t win the competition, but the overall feeling was that it was a good idea and good direction to go in and no matter what our rating at the end, we felt it still had merit and could be done anyway? Personally I wanted a “product” or something hands on that could instantly make everybody a saving in cash, making the world a saving on resource and we would come out on top… I wanted to win; however since I lacked a better solution to our challenge, I through my weight behind the team and got stuck in anyway.

    We were limited to two sides of A4, so took a few stabs to get the important bits down whilst trying to outlay a vision for what we wanted to achieve. Ultimately we were all happy with our entry, submitted it within the time and the rest is history. Why not leave a comment after looking at our proposal, and just for the exercise let us know if you would want to be one of our 30 volunteers if this ever gets off the ground? There would be a morning shift, afternoon and an evening.

    Aaron Jones

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