Frome Town Council has declared a climate emergency. It believes that urgent action is required if we are to reduce the massive risks associated with climate change for nature, people and the planet.
It is now clear that the world has less than 11 years to switch away from fossil fuels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change (read the IPCC report).
In response to this, on 5th December 2018 Frome Town Council declared a climate emergency and committed to going carbon neutral by 2030. The Councillors also unanimously agreed to sign up to the Covenant of Mayors to track progress and link with towns around the world who are cutting emissions.
As well as helping to raise the profile of this vital issue and secure external support and funding, reducing energy use and switching to clean energy will also increase energy security, improve air quality, minimise fuel poverty, boost the local economy and provide jobs and training.
If you would like to declare a climate emergency in your town, feel free to adapt the following documents:
Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan
Frome Town Council hosted a series of free climate panels in 2019 for people to develop ideas and solutions to enable the town to meet its climate emergency targets. The panels focused on three key areas – energy, transport and resources. Take a look at the presentations and read the first draft of the strategy and action plan:
Climate Emergency – what next?
In December 2019, Frome Town Council and Sustainable Frome hosted a talk by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement. Rob’s discussion focused on how we can create a better future, following publication of his new book ‘From What Is to What If – unleashing power of imagination to create the future we want’. You can watch the recording of Rob Hopkin’s talk on YouTube here.
Also in 2019, representatives from towns and villages around the South West came together to discuss solutions and share ideas on how we can reach these ambitious but vital zero carbon targets. See the presentations from Anna Francis and Liz Warren from SE2:
In May and September 2020 we hosted online events for council staff from across the region to come together to learn and share ideas on how to take action against climate change. Presentations and resources from these can be found in our Made Differently pages.
What can you do?
Here are some low and no cost ideas that we are trying in Frome to cut emissions: