Edventure: Frome’s Climate Emergency Declaration
…the growing climate emergency is a serious risk to the pursuit of Edventure’s community and charitable aims. We also believe that every organisation needs to address the causes of climate change, and that by making the necessary changes to sharply reduce emissions, we can create new, local opportunities for improved wellbeing, good livelihoods and a strong, resilient community in Frome.
The climate cause is currently dividing our communities – globally and here in Frome. When local school children joined the Global Climate Strike and blocked the road in Frome on September 20th 2019, voices on the street and online either shouted encouragement or abuse.
Edventure will focus on grassroots climate action that both recognises the urgency of the crisis and brings our community together.
We have made a start: An example is the Community Fridge which Edventure started in partnership with Frome Town Council – It saved 140 tonnes of carbon last year, it is visited by the homeless, students and green activists alike, and volunteers of all sorts of backgrounds are now running it.
The student teams on our flagship courses – edventure START-UP & MAKE – will focus on starting community enterprises and products that help reduce carbon as well as meet other community needs. Explore our upcoming courses here and join a student team.
Edventure Start-Up Course – Team #14
We will help 4 other community businesses with a climate focus start up in 2020 as part of our Local Entrepreneurs Forum event. Anyone with ideas for starting up or growing climate or environmental initiatives can get training and advice at our upcoming short courses.
We made a good start. Last year (September 2018 to August 2019), our initiatives enabled to save more carbon (about 232 tonnes) than we as an organisation have produced (estimated 52.3 tonnes of carbon through our buildings & travel). We will both reduce our emissions & resource consumption and fully offset any remaining emissions in 2020.
We will be working with other local organisations to help resource local, sustainable climate action through partnership bids, and develop new programmes and initiatives that contribute to achieving net zero emissions by 2030.