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.
NEW ENERGY AND CLIMATE TALKS – SEPT 2017 – MAY 2018
Starting in September Frome Town Council will be hosting a series of free talks around energy and climate. Nikki Jones is a researcher and writer on climate change and energy. The talks will take place in Frome Town Hall, from 7.00 to 9.00 pm on the following dates. Entry is free. The talks are supported by Sustainable Frome and East Mendip Green Party and donations will be 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
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 at our 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.
With many thanks to the Cabot Institute for their support