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16 DEC

Alana at heart of climate action group

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A Moorlands villager has been praised for her part in a climate action group. Moorlands Climate Action (MCA) has had a busy year. November’s crucial climate meeting in Glasgow has focused people’s minds – but local on-the ground activity remains at the core of this community group’s mission.

A Moorlands villager has been praised for her part in a climate action group.

Moorlands Climate Action (MCA) has had a busy year. November’s crucial climate meeting in Glasgow has focused people’s minds – but local on-the ground activity remains at the core of this community group’s mission.

And part of that group is Tean’s Alana Wheat.

Alana, aged 22, joined MCA as an intern in January 2021, while finishing a Master’s Degree in Geography and Environment at Keele University.

She has managed to combine these tasks with running active youth groups in her part of the Moorlands and being a trustee of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

MCA’s Mark Johnson said: “Alana is remarkable. She keeps MCA running and constantly comes up with new ideas on engaging with people.

Everyone interested in environment and climate in this area seems to have heard of her.”

MCA’s Mike Jones further explained an update on the MCA group as a whole over the past year. He said: “Getting the district and the county councils to honour their promises on climate action has been hard.

Much more encouraging has been the range of activities on climate, nature and sustainability we have been able to put on in the Moorlands – and the amazing response.”

In June, MCA organised the HUG Green Arts Festival at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek, featuring a wide range of local artists and organisations such as the Woodland Trust, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Earth.

In October, MCA organised a Big Green Week festival centred around the arrival of walkers marching to the Glasgow Summit. Local churches provided accommodation for the walkers.

Getting out into communities wishing to know more about action on climate is crucial. MCA has given talks to parish councils including Biddulph, Checkley and Draycott-in-the Moors. The group also runs a regular stall at Leek Market and has taken part in markets at Biddulph and Cheadle.

Alana said: “A lot of good things are happening out there, but community groups are struggling to get their voices heard. There needs to be the same level of engagement from public organisations.”

Among the many other activities MCA members have been busy with this year are tree and sphagnum moss planting, youth activity packs for schools, a water bottle refill scheme, advising on new planting in a town centre, better management of verges and biodiversity site investigations in the area.

MCA also instigated a now-quarterly meeting between the Chair and Board Members of Peak District National Park and climate groups from Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

In February, MCA is organising an Energy Fair at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, bringing together companies and organisations involved in renewable energy and low carbon housing retrofitting.

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