Mayor of Truro to open Cornwall’s first Eco Hub

Truro Mayor Cllr Carol Swain will officially open the Mid-Cornwall Climate and Eco Hub, the first eco hub in Cornwall, at 10 am on Saturday, 30th September.

Based at 36a St Austell Street, Truro, the new Hub is one of a growing number of climate emergency centres (CECs) being established across the country to help local people to make changes in their lives so they can reduce their carbon impact, find ways to ease their financial hardship and get involved in restoring and protecting the natural environment. 

Set up by friends Marcelle Coburn, Jackie Dash, Alex Glynne, Sarah Pethybridge and Jackie Walkden, the Hub will provide a physical space that will link the community of Mid-Cornwall with environmental, sustainability and climate change-related groups, as well as the county, town and parish councils and green businesses from across Cornwall.

“I am delighted to have been invited to open the Hub” said Cllr Swain. “ Truro City Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019, and earlier this year we appointed a Zero Carbon Officer to help us work with partners and local communities to develop effective and practical actions to respond to the climate and ecological emergencies we are all facing.” said the Mayor.

“By providing a place where anyone can come to learn about the changes we face and the actions we can take, both as individuals and collectively, this new Hub will play a vital role in helping us to protect the future of our planet.”

To begin with the Hub will be open between 1 pm and 5pm on Tuesdays and between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturdays.

As well as providing information, including a library and displays about the climate and nature crises, with particular focus on the impact on Cornwall, the Hub will offer advice on areas such as insulation, energy reduction, existing and new community energy projects, protecting and restoring nature and depleted habitats, local community farming and food production.

The Hub’s team are currently devising the autumn and winter programme of events, which will include events, film screenings, workshops and regular climate cafés.

The grand opening at 10 am will be followed by a presentation by members of the Mid Cornwall Climate and Eco Hub Team outlining their aims at 11 am, with Manda Brookman, Director of Permanently Brilliant, speaking about ‘The Energy Crisis and Health’ at 12 noon.

Charlotte Barry will present Hungry for Change, an excellent short film from Cornwall Climate Care, at 1 pm. John Carley, from the Chacewater Community Energy Group will be speaking about Green Energy for Businesses and Homes’ at 2 pm.

There will be opportunities throughout the day to ask questions, chat with the Hub team, members of the wider environmental community and local councillors. From 3 pm, there will be an informal ‘Mix and Mingle’ time before the event closes at 4 pm.

All are welcome and there will be cake and light refreshments available throughout the day.

To view the Climate Hub Opening Flyer – Please Click Here


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