GOING FOR A SMALLER CARBON FOOTPRINT
On 6 – 9th October, Deal’s deputy mayor, Eileen Rowbotham and Deal With It supporter, Alan Gleave participated in an exchange of experiences about how towns can prepare to mitigate the effects of climate change.
They each paid their own clean, green HS train tickets to Detmold in Germany to meet up with those working on sustainable development in 7 towns across Europe including Oraiokastro, Hasselt, Saint-Omer, Kaunas and Zeitz. Deal was thoroughly promoted as a Green tourism destination and thanks go to all who supplied promotional material.
The opportunity to participate at no cost to DTC arose through the friendship between Deal and Detmold promoted through the Deal Saint-Omer Twinning Association. Visits and presentations allowed Eileen and Alan to bring back information on how manufacturing companies and local transport authorities are reducing their carbon footprints dramatically; how local housing projects are incorporating a variety of renewable energy resources such as biogas, wind turbines, photovoltaic panels and wood fired power stations to switch from dependence on costly fossil fuels.
Deal With It’s January meeting will include a report back on ideas acquired in Detmold and how some of them might be implemented in Deal and Walmer.