Energy saving exhibition at the Phone Box Gallery

By Gallery on the Green, Settle

The Gallery on the Green, housed in a former telephone box in Upper Settle, has teamed up with the local group Action on Climate Emergency – Settle and Area (ACE) to present an exhibition that addresses the two most pressing issues facing us: how to cope with ever increasing energy bills; and how to build a sustainable, affordable, equitable low carbon future.

The exhibition, which runs from September 10 to October 14, is the first held in the gallery, believed to be the world’s smallest art gallery, since re-painting work, which took place this summer. So whilst the outside is now bright red, for the next month the contents will be distinctly green. Our photo shows Paul Cochrane from ACE installing the exhibition.

The first section of the exhibition is about cutting domestic fuel bills. ACE has assembled the best advice they have seen on reducing household energy usage. Visitors are invited to add their own ideas by use of the post-it notes supplied.

The second section features the local energy plan that is being developed by ACE.

All the evidence is that the recent extreme weather experienced locally, nationally and internationally is a warning of serious climate collapse induced by global heating. The frequency and intensity of disastrous events will continue to increase in line with the rise in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations which are trapping heat from escaping the atmosphere. The quicker we act, the more we will limit the eventual severity of the problem.

Local action is being led by Settle and District’s Action on Climate Emergency Group, ACE Settle, who is consulting on how best to decarbonise the energy we use in our homes and businesses. The draft plan displayed in the exhibition shows how and where energy saving initiatives can be taken in the local area. This was developed at a workshop held on last May by representatives drawn from across the local community. Various low carbon technologies to generate electricity and heat homes and businesses are at the centre of the plan along with their potential impact on our landscape.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to use the post-it pads provided to give feedback on the plan.

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