BEN event: Putting Communities at the Heart of Bristol’s Energy System

The July Bristol Energy Network event took place at the Old Library, Lockleaze. Around 30 people attended to find out more about local energy and environmental issues and projects. Local mum Karen talked about the successful campaign against the diesel generators that were planned for behind a school, and Stuart from Residents Against Dirty Energy filled us in on other diesel generator plans affecting other areas. Emily from the Old Library talked through the history of the library and their plans now it has been taken on as a Community Asset Transfer, including making the building energy efficient. Neil from the Community Land Trust talked about the housing development planned for a site off Shaldon Road. And finally, Karen spoke about the Lockleaze Environment Group, including their role in the local market, tree planting and the development of the cycle path, and her research into environmental injustice and how working class communities are often hardest hit by environmental issues. After the presentations people had the opportunity to gather in small groups to discuss what action could be taken to move things forward on each of these topics.

Notes from the meeting will be available soon.

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