I’m in the saddle again this week, while our leader Mayor Collier rests and recuperates. I’m getting used to doing these regular columns now, it’s a great way to speak to the folks of Frome and let you know my thoughts of the week!
Have you been watching the Greta Thunberg’s TV series, “A Year to change the world”? It’s a fascinating watch and makes you really think how we can all make changes to improve the environment and reduce carbon emissions. How can someone be so wise at such an age? It surely makes us all want to do more. As a council, we have pledged that Frome will be carbon neutral by 2030. This is no mean feat, but there are ways that we can collectively make a difference.
Take this week, with the launch event for the Green and Healthy Future for Frome programme. It’s collaborative project with FTC, Edventure and Frome Medical Practice and has been funded by the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund. Over the next two years we will be working together to build a greener, healthier future for Frome and the project is starting by asking “What can we do locally to improve our wellbeing, whilst also improving the health of the planet?”. As well as looking at innovative ideas, Edventure will be setting up regular events where people can learn new climate saving skills and connect with each other. FTC will be bringing you electric bikes and help to make homes healthier and warmer. Both of these projects will be launched soon but, in the meantime, you can get cracking with trying an ebike as they are on hire from Cycology in town. Ditch the car, you can hire for the day and try them out, they make a breeze out of the hills around town: https://bit.ly/ebikehireFrome
While we’re at it, FTC along with Frome Renewable Energy Co-op, is hosting a Solar Street session on 11th May. The session will guide you through the savings you can make with solar panels, the installation process, and the benefits of moving to renewable energy. You can book a spot at the session here: https://bit.ly/FromeSolarStreets
So, what with collaborative projects, ebikes and solar panels, it’s a start but just a drop in the ocean, there’s so many ways to get Frome to be carbon neutral, what will you be doing?