A campaign group has been awarded £2million to fight climate change.
Ouse Valley Climate Action successfully bid for the lottery ticket, beating out more than 600 other bidders.
The group, a partnership of ten East Sussex organizations including the South Downs National Park Authority and Lewes District Council, focuses on “natural solutions” to climate change, such as planting trees for carbon sequestration.
Vanessa Rowlands, Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “I am delighted that the Ouse Valley has received this significant funding which will help position it as one of the nation’s leaders in climate change mitigation.”
The project area follows the River Ouse downstream from Barcombe to Lewes, Seaford, Peacehaven and Newhaven.
The action group says the Ouse Valley is a “fragile landscape” that has already felt the effects of climate change in recent years, with flooding, storm damage, coastal erosion and loss of biodiversity.
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Councilor Matthew Bird, Cabinet Member for Sustainability at Lewes District Council, said: “We have worked very hard in Council to ensure a strong partnership offer and personally, having worked on climate change in Lewes District for almost 20 years, this is extremely worthwhile moment.
“Ouse Valley Climate Action will help us address the opportunities and challenges presented by climate change with increased support and determination.”
The money awarded is part of the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund, a ten-year £100m fund that goes to community organizations working on climate change.
Nick Gardner, Head of Climate Action at The National Lottery, said: “Communities play a huge role in tackling climate change – even small steps can make a big difference.
“By supporting organizations like Ouse Valley Climate Action, we can bring people together to tackle climate change locally, which will ultimately help the UK move towards net zero and help communities thrive and thrive.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23045858.lottery-funding-sussex-climate-action-group-wins-2-million/?ref=rss Lottery funding: Sussex Climate Action Group wins £2m