A CHESTER-BASED organisation is celebrating 'Earth Day' by launching its carbon footprint project.

Eco Communities, a community interest company set up in the city, aims to support the borough in making the area greener and cleaner as well as helping people to understand climate change and how it will impact on them.

It wants to help everyone in Cheshire West and Chester to work out their carbon footprint and make lifestyle changes to reduce this, supporting the region's Climate Emergency declaration.

A carbon footprint measures greenhouse gases (GHG) produced directly and indirectly via a person’s lifestyle and activities.

To help people work out their carbon footprint, Eco Communities has linked up with Giki Zero on its Pro platform for businesses and community groups.

Giki Zero is a social enterprise founded to help people get to grips with their carbon footprint.

Helen Tandy, director of Eco Communities, said: “Giki’s founder Jo Hand has spoken on a couple of our online events, and we are really pleased to be one of the Giki’s champions, offering us the opportunity to bring Giki Zero to residents in Cheshire West.

"We can also host other community groups on Giki Zero. If you want to work as a team with your own community or not for profit, get in touch.

"If you’re an individual and want to work out your carbon footprint and be part of a safe community on our new private branded platform, get in touch."

Cheshire West and Chester Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2020 and are now embarking on a programme of measures to reduce the borough's footprint.

Jo Hand, co-founder of Giki, said: “More and more people want to do the right thing when it comes to climate change, but it is really hard to know what right looks like.

"The work Eco Communities are working on in Cheshire West is leading with Giki Zero will really help people understand what they can do today and in the future by finding the right steps for their lifestyle and their budgets to cut their personal carbon footprints.”

So why not make a change this Earth Day and try working out your Carbon footprint to allow you to make changes, regardless of their size.

Every year Earth Day is in April and for 2021 it has been extended over three days, April 20-22.

To add some extra fun, Eco Communities are running a competition over April and May to get 400 people signed up over the region.

The lucky winner will get an Eco Starter Kit worth over £50. Sign up here: plasticfreepioneers.wufoo.com/forms/qgd0dxw1mvzbnw

For more details on Giki visit zero.giki.earth/people/b5ba9159-1929-4b16-8fca-083511bbff00/dashboard

Eco Communities hosted a session on the Liverpool Tidal project yesterday which is available to catch up on crowdcast.io/e/tellus-tv-april/3