Climate Action – demanding better

Climate activists led by Chrissie Bainbridge and Paul Nother gathered today in Portchester Market to sign the South East Climate Alliance pledge, ahead of Earth Day, on Friday 22nd April.

Their pledge is to urge Fareham Borough Council to crack on with implementing policies instigated in 2019 by local LibDem Councillors to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2030. This target is deliberately more demanding than central government goals.

The 4-point pledge calls the council to:

  • Aim Higher – review and upgrade goals for every aspect of community life.
  • Build Partnerships – collaborate across the entire community.
  • Communicate – openly share progress and the risks of delay.
  • Divest from Fossil Fuels – be fully aware of direct and indirect investments.

Paul Nother and Chrissie Bainbridge are the candidates selected to stand for the Council seats being vacated by Cllr Rodger Price and Cllr Gerry Kelly. Both Paul and Chrissie are well aware of the climate threats to Portchester – particularly from rising sea levels and polluted waters. The pledge has also been signed by Ashley Brown (Portchester East) and many other candidates.

Chrissie Bainbridge’s 16 years of experience of Portchester’s community life is a very strong foundation for a future role stepping into the shoes of the Liberal Democrat councillors that have served Portchester East so well. Chrissie’s connections with local people have been massively reinforced through the Community Choir, voluntary work at Portchester’s Hub in the local shopping precinct, and her work at the Vets in White Hart Lane. After working in public transport for 40 years, “I am keen to bring my wealth of people experience to forge improvements in life quality and opportunities, green spaces, and community well-being.”

Paul Nother is following in his late father’s footsteps – he was a committee member in the first Portchester Community Association before it moved to the Hub in the Precinct. “I want to be able to support our community as he did, to make sure your concerns & issues are listened to and be acted upon.” His 30-year experience in the automotive industry has fuelled his family venture in Exhibition and Event management, and he well understands the need for regeneration of the village shopping precinct to make Portchester an even better place to live and work.

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