The third One Planet Festival ran from 7-15 October 2011, at venues throughout Lancaster. Events included a ‘Tour de Renewables’ bike and minibus tour of homes, businesses and community buildings locally using renewable technologies. As well as environmentally themed films and talks, events included ‘Draughtbusting’ - a live draughtproofing house makeover, a radical gardening evening at the Dukes, an inspiring talk from the Centre for Alternative Technology about their radical plan for a Zero Carbon Britain, and information for people wanting to use renewable power in their own homes.
An event to launch MORE Renewables, a unique opportunity to invest in local community renewable energy, attracted a crowd of 30 people, and several people have already expressed an interest in investing. Sam Usiskin of MORE Renewables said: ‘The launch was a success, next comes the publication of the Share Prospectus in early November – watch this space!
Kathy New, coordinator of LESS Home Energy Project said: ‘The festival has been a real catalyst in making people aware of some of the fantastic activities running in the district to encourage people to save energy and cut carbon emissions. What has really impressed me is the enthusiasm people have for the topic, and the willingness to make positive changes.
Tracey Turner, whose home was draughtproofed in front of a live audience in the ‘Draughtbusting’ event said: ‘Thankyou so much, this will really make a difference to the temperature in here.’
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The One Planet Festival was organised by volunteers and LESS, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes sustainable living, in conjunction with Transition City Lancaster and the Dukes Cinema. For more information see website address www.lessuk.org/oneplanetfestival.