COP26 East Hampshire was put together to help residents and businesses do more to combat climate change. The event was organised by EHDC in partnership with Damian Hinds MP, and held at Alton Maltings, Alton, on Friday 8 October. The aim of the event was to raise awareness across the district of what is being done locally to reduce carbon emissions and the steps local people and organisations can take for themselves. Households, businesses, community groups and individuals learnt more about how to take action in reducing their own carbon footprint. Highlights included a specially-recorded video address from Lord Deben, the Chairman of the UK's Committee on Climate Change, at 3.40pm, and a business-focussed session at 6pm. Catch-up on what you missed If didn't make it on the day, the whole event was livestreamed and is now available to watch on our YouTube channel. Action Groups Three local Action Groups worked on key subject areas of transport, buildings, and land use & agriculture and produced recommendations in the run-up to the event. Participants in these groups included local community groups and organisations who are active in these sectors, as well as representatives from local businesses, farms and schools and officials from both Hampshire County Council and East Hampshire District Council. Exhibitors Around 40 local businesses and community groups who have taken steps to successfully reduce their carbon footprint exhibited at the venue. Organisations offering products, services or advice about how to reduce our impact on the environment were on hand to talk to visitors. Disclaimer: The council’s role in advertising this event was to afford local businesses the opportunity to exhibit environmentally-friendly products and demonstrate the businesses’ associated efforts at promoting environmental sustainability. The council is not endorsing or warranting the suitability of any particular product. Nor does the council act as agent, or represent, any company or business identified in publicity material or infer any competitive advantage in contracting with any such organisation.