Past meetings

February 2017 meeting: Local & Sustainable Food

February: 2nd February 2017: Local & Sustainable Food Our discussions explored, existing systems for producing, distributing, selling and consuming food have become totally dysfunctional, profoundly inequitable and unsustainable. With an expected population growth of 2 to 3 billion by 2050, and the impacts of climate change on agriculture, an appalling situation will only get worse unless…

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January 2017 meeting: Health & Happiness

January: 5th January 2017: Health & Happiness January’s meeting focused on Living Well and Dying Well and was inspired by the One Planet Living theme of Health and Happiness. Mike Grenville (Funeral Celebrant, Dying Doula and Home Funerals, editor of the Transition Network Newsletter) and Celia Libera (Soul Midwife and Bereavement Support) attracted a good turnout for this thought-provoking session. Celia…

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December 2016 meeting: Culture & Heritage

December: 1st December 2016: Culture & Heritage December’s meeting was inspired by the One Planet Living theme of Culture and Heritage. We explored the role the arts can play in relation to the concerns of Sustainable Frome. How can arts and culture be used to convey a message or to make important connections between people? And we also seized…

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November 2016 meeting: Equity & Local Economy

November: 3rd November 2016: Equity & Local Economy The One Planet Living theme for our November meeting was ‘Equity and the Local Economy’ and the focus was housing. In recent times many people lucky enough to own their own homes have found that their property has appreciated in value, sometimes by more in a year than…

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October 2016 meeting: Zero Waste

October: 6th October 2016: Zero Waste We watched the film Bag It which outlines the massive impact that plastic is having on our environment and health. For anyone that missed it Sustainable Frome can lend you the DVD. Some shocking facts include: Plastic fragments in the sea are found to outnumber plankton 60-to-1, and contributes to around 100,000 marine animal…

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September 2016 meeting: Sustainable Materials

1st September 2016: Sustainable Materials The theme for September’s One Planet Frome meeting was Sustainable Materials – using sustainable, healthy products with low embedded energy, sourced locally, and made from renewable or waste resources. The focus was on sustainable materials that can be used for buildings, both construction and retro-fitting. Terry Pinto, whose practice PAAD is based in Frome,…

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June 2016 meeting: Sustainable Transport

June: 2nd June 2016, Sustainable Transport, We looked at how electric cars are developing with Kevin Sharpe and the promise they have for radically changing our transport over the next few years, as prices come down, technology improves and charging becomes easier. Marjory Hatvany brought us up to date with developments on Frome’s Missing Links campaign…

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May 2016 meeting: Our annual review

May: 5th May 2016, Our annual review, New directors were elected (Sian Modine, Roger Saunders), one director stood down (Helen Johnstone) and three were re-elected (Rachel Bodle, Sarah Linnell and Anna Francis). We celebrated some of our achievements over the last year, and shared ideas for how things might develop in the next year.

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April 2016 meeting: Sustainable Water

April 7th 2016 Sustainable Water, The Elliot Building, Park Road Frome-based ecologist Sue Everett explored how water reached the River Frome, the effects of local farming practices and household behaviour on the cleanliness of the water, and some of the changes that were helping to improve the health of our local river.

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