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Drop-in to the museum to help tackle climate change

Our Isles. Our Climate Change.

A DROP-IN event next Saturday (13 October) will offer the community a chance to learn how to take personal action to tackle climate change.

Our Isles. Our Climate, organised by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB), will take over Shetland Museum in Lerwick, with activities for families and individuals keen to do their bit about the changing climate.

Local and national organisations will be on hand to offer ideas for reducing people’s carbon footprints, including a drop-in surgery with Citrus Energy.

Citrus helps households find the best energy supplier, whether they are looking for the best value deal or wanting to switch to a new green tariff.

Citrus Energy deputy operations manager Margaret Corrigan said: “All you need to do is bring your energy bills along on the day. Our previous visit to the isles saved some Shetlanders significant sums of money on their energy costs, with an average saving of £330.”

Shetland Community Bike Project will be showcasing its new electric bikes, in partnership with leading e-bike brand, VOLT. People coming along on the day will be invited to put their names down for test-driving an e-bike themselves, and to see how it can benefit their health and brighten their daily commute.

Wall-e is on show at the museum.

The morning will begin with a free screening of Wall-E, Disney Pixar’s eco-friendly tale of the last robot on earth, programmed to clean up the planet one cube of bruck at a time.

In the afternoon, National Geographic’s Before the Flood will be screened, following Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey to witness climate change first-hand, searching for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

There will also be an opportunity to sign up for a free home visit from a Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) energy adviser who can help householders identify ways to save on their energy costs and cut their carbon emissions.

Shetland CAB energy advisor Elliot Tait said: “Our Isles. Our Climate will be a great day out for Shetlanders, with free film screenings, low carbon food tasters and activities for the little ones.

“We’d be delighted to see people who are keen to tackle climate change but aren’t quite sure of the best approach to take here in Shetland”.

People can drop in at any time during the day, between 10.30am and 4pm. Places at the screenings and messy play sessions are free of charge but allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To book your place, search for events in Lerwick at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

Our Isles. Our Climate has been organised by Shetland CAB as part of its Warmer Homes Shetland project, which is supported by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.