Eastbourne Borough Council has committed to do all it can to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 and has declared a climate emergency for Eastbourne.
The council cannot tackle this problem alone and is calling on all local people, businesses, community groups and others to come together and play their part.
A new organisation – Eastbourne Carbon Neutral 2030 (ECN2030) has been set up to tackle this challenge.
This enthusiastic group, with representatives from a wide range of Eastbourne organisations, will be seeking support from local people, businesses and community groups all to do their bit.
To launch this important new work, a free event is being held on Saturday 18 January 2020 at the new Welcome Building, Compton Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4EQ (next to the Congress Theatre) starting at 10am and continuing throughout the day.
This is open to members of the public as well as representatives of local organisations and businesses and will address the question: What can I do to help tackle climate change?
A wide range of groups and organisations will be represented on the day – to let you know more about how much is already going on in Eastbourne to address the climate emergency.
We hope that as many people as possible will come along to hear about carbon reduction initiatives, give their views on what should be a priority locally and to get ideas about how they can reduce their own carbon footprint. There will be refreshments and activities for all ages to participate in, as well as talks on a range of interesting topics throughout the day.
Programme of speakers
All speaker will be speaking twice; once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
10am - Welcome and overview of the Eastbourne Carbon Neutral 2030 Campaign. Councillor Jon Dow, Eastbourne Borough Council
10.30am and 2pm - How to measure your carbon footprint. Miles Berkley, Executive Director, Eastbourne Eco Action Network.
11am and 2.30pm - Tackling the climate emergency – what can the local community, council and partners do? Alasdair Roxburgh, Director of Communities and Networks, Friends of the Earth.
11.30am and 3pm - What does the climate emergency mean to young people and what would they like to see happen in Eastbourne? Kira Hesse, Extinction Rebellion.
12 noon and 3.30pm - Active travel: a win/win for your health and the environment. Dr Scarlett McNally, NHS/ Bespoke.
3.45pm - Closing speech and next steps. Councillor Jon Dow, Eastbourne Borough Council.
Between the talks there will be series of short films including the first showing of “Turning over a new leaf” by Eastbourne Eco Action Network.