Urgent need for green energy and jobs

People at a public meeting on school transport in Little Bytham. Photo: Kasia Doran. EMN-150127-094251001
People at a public meeting on school transport in Little Bytham. Photo: Kasia Doran. EMN-150127-094251001

Renewable energy projects inspired a packed public meeting where the need for urgent carbon emissions reduction was discussed.

The Bedfordshire Climate Change Forum hosted an evening for people to hear from several speakers about local green initiatives in the run up to a National Climate March in London, on Saturday.

Campaign Against Climate Change vice chair Suzanne Jeffery spoke about the recent One Million Climate Jobs report, which outlines how urgent investment in renewable energies, energy efficiency and public transport is needed with the aim to cut use of fossil fuel by 80 per cent in the next 20 years and create new jobs.

Central Bedfordshire Council schools energy officer Pete Hughes spoke on council loans to help schools install solar panels, which have reduced the council’s energy use and acted as an educational tool.

Marston Vale Trust forest director James Russell outlined the long process to install a wind turbine, which is producing the equivalent energy to power about 900 homes.

The meeting at Friends Meeting House, last week, also hear about the planned installation of a wind turbine at RSPB Sandy, and the effects of climate change on wildlife and humans from Dr Oliver Watts.

Details of other carbon footprint reducing schemes, such as the Harrold community solar farm, sustainable energy projects by Bedford Borough and Luton councils, and the University of Bedfordshire, were also presented.