A Clean future for Frome?

Frome Town Council is inviting local organisations to support our call for an urgent shift away from fossil fuels. Global temperatures are increasing year on year with the Arctic 200C above average in early 2018. Given the recent extreme weather we have been experiencing we believe that urgent action is required if we are to reduce the massive risks associated with climate change for nature, people and the planet.

Here is the letter we are planning on sending the Prime Minister. This ties in with a global day of action around climate change happening in Frome on 8th September, more info on this here.

Dear Prime Minister,

Frome Town Council believes that we urgently need to shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

We are supporting 350.org’s demands for:

  • A fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy.
  • No new fossil fuel projects. Anywhere
  • Not a penny more for fossil fuels.

We want the government to:

  • Accelerate the shift to a clean energy economy that works for everyone by supporting community-led energy solutions.
  • Stop and ban all new oil, coal and gas projects
  • Cut off the social license and financing for fossil fuels.

We have strong support from the local community and the following organisations are also supporting our demands:

Please let us know what you are doing to address this urgent issue.

Most respectfully,

Anna Francis, Frome Town Council

 

Zero Carbon Towns – Making It Happen, June 2018

Cutting emissions in our towns is vital to minimise the risks of climate change, to reduce the impact of air pollution and create energy resilience. But how can we make this happen? And where are we now?

To answer some of these questions Frome Town Council brought together Climate Works, the Centre for Alternative Technology and councillors and policy makers from around the South West and further afield. This was followed by Paul Allen’s ‘Extraordinary Story of Human Beings, Energy and Happiness.’

The presentations from the event are here:

Anna Francis, Resilience Manager at Frome Town Council – Frome’s Story

Mark Letcher, Climate Works – Zero Carbon Plan and Spreadsheet presentation 

Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology – Zero Carbon Frome

Climate Work’s zero carbon spreadsheet is available here Zero carbon spreadsheet tool 

Notes from group discussions are here:
Energy and Renewables 

Retrofit and Reducing Energy

Transport and other ideas

More info, reports and tool-kits from CAT /  Zero Carbon Britain is available here and here.

Could Frome become one of the UK’s first clean and healthy towns by moving away from fossil fuels?

On 21st September 2016 Frome Town Council voted unanimously to set a ‘fossil fuel free’ by 2046 target. We know we can’t do this alone and would love you to be part of this – see actions you can take here and events below.

The reasons for this shift are included in the Fossil Free Frome – discussion document and scenarios of how we could achieve the target are available here: a-clean-healthy-future-for-frome-final-Sept-2016.

Previous events:

16th July 2018 – Zero Carbon Towns and Extraordinary Story

19th May 2018 Improve Don’t Move,  –  eco refurb event including information on insulation, greening your home and garden. Green directory here

Energy and Climate Talks, September 2017 – May 2018

Frome Town Council hosted a series of free talks around energy and climate. Nikki Jones is a researcher and writer on climate change and energy. The talks were supported by Sustainable Frome and East Mendip Green Party with donations collected for Solar Aid.

28th September 2017 – What is Climate Change?
19th October 2017 – The Oil and Gas Industry: A Beginner’s Guide
23rd November 2017 – Global Energy Trends
14th December 2017 – UK Energy, Emissions and Targets
15th February 2018 – Is Nuclear the Answer?
22nd March 2018 – Land Use and Climate Change
19th April 2018 – The Way Forward
30 th May 2018 – Clean Healthy Future for Frome

More information is available on Nikki’s website here

Switch to a Renewable Future In March 2016 we held two days of workshops with our European partners  entitled ‘Switch to a Renewable Future’ as part of our twin town programme. The events were attended by more than 300 people. More information on this including films and presentations are available here: www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/switch

Clean and Healthy Future: on 21st July 2016 Ex-President of the Maldives Mohammed Nasheed joined us to discuss how Frome can move towards a ‘clean and healthy future’.

Fossil fuels including oil, petrol, diesel, coal and gas, pollute the air we breathe, produce harmful emissions and cause serious environmental and social damage. The UK government has committed to moving away from fossil fuels by 2050. The key questions explored were ‘How does Frome propose to meet this challenge? What would Frome need to do to increase solar, wind, biogas and hydro energy and insulate more buildings? How might this lead to more local jobs, local investment, homes that are easier to heat and streets that are less polluted?’

Other speakers included Professor Richard Pancost of the Cabot Institute, Mark Letcher from Climate Works and Anna Francis from Frome Town Council. Notes from the group discussions are available here.

Films of the talks are available here and here.

With many thanks to the Cabot Institute for their support