Climate Emergency Centre opens in town centre

A new space, run by Kingston Hive, will help educate and empower residents to tackle climate change.

Kingston Hive is a collective of local volunteers who are focused on helping tackle climate change, protecting the environment and protecting the borough’s ecology.

The council has provided a temporary space as part of its commitment to working closely with communities to help tackle climate change.

Located next to the cycle parking at Kingston Station on Wood Street, it will be used to host a range of activities and workshops between November and January 2023, that will help educate and empower communities to tackle climate change.

The Hive aims to give residents and visitors the skills and support they need to cut carbon emissions and energy costs, look after the natural environment and live a more local, sustainable lifestyle.

Charlotte Haigh from Kingston Hive said:” At COP27, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned we are ‘on the highway climate hell with our foot on the accelerator’ and that what we do in the next few years will determine whether we have a liveable planet in the future, for our children and grandchildren. The climate emergency is quite obvious just stepping outside in this unseasonably warm November.

“We know Kingston residents are very anxious about the situation but it can feel overwhelming – and that’s where Kingston Hive comes in. We are providing a hub for people to get the information they need, learn practical skills to help reduce carbon, costs and waste, and meet others who share their concerns. Joining together is going to be essential as we face the climate and ecological emergency.

“Kingston Hive is by the community, for the community.”

You can find out more about Kingston Hive, their work and opportunities to get involved at

You can also find out about the council’s work to tackle climate change at