Seaton gets 'transition' status for sustainability

PUBLISHED: 12:14 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 15 June 2010

SEATON has been officially recognised as a 'transition town' thanks to the work of an environmenatl group. Sustainable Seaton meet once a month to discuss ways in which the seaside community can tackle the issues of climate change and 'peak oil', the mome

SEATON has been officially recognised as a 'transition town' thanks to the work of an environmenatl group.Sustainable Seaton meet once a month to discuss ways in which the seaside community can tackle the issues of climate change and 'peak oil', the moment the world's demand for oil outstrips its supply.Now the group's work has been recognised by the Transition Network, a charity which aims to promote groups like Sustainable Seaton around the country.Member of the group and town councillor Claire Wise said: "It means we're going to embark on a gradual awareness-raising campaign about peak oil in Seaton, involving as many people as possible."We are trying to look at what the town can do to make a buffer for itself so when all the oil starts to run out we're more prepared."So much of life is dependant on oil, from cars to toothpaste, everything you touch has involved oil at some point."If you try to imagine life without it, the infrastructure would just fall apart."Members of the group will travel to Totnes next month to receive training from experts and other communities involved in the Transition Initiative and the group is also hoping to start speaking to local schools about the ecological issues.Sustainable Seaton will hold its next meeting at Winston's, in Harbour Road, at 7.30pm, on Thursday, February 28.The project manager of Bridport TLC bio-fuel and recycling centre, Leon Edwards, will be speaking about his experiences of working with the community to raise awareness of environmental issues.Entrance is free.Sustainable Seaton is also looking for funding so it can run awareness-raising events in the future.For more details call Claire Wise on (01297) 24466 or visit the group's website atwww.sustainableseaton.com.

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