We are a very active community group whose main aim is to reduce carbon emissions in the Bradford on Avon Community Area.
The group was founded in 2006 through a Wiltshire Wildlife Trust initiative. We have more than 400 names on our e-mail list and well over 1000 signed up to our Carbon Neutral 2050 Declaration. You can find out more about our activities since 2006 in the Town Library where there are folders of clippings about CFB’s activities and climate change related articles; they’re in the reference section near the main desk.
Our activities are very wide ranging, both fun and serious and we take every opportunity to raise awareness and take practical action. We are totally inclusive and there is plenty of opportunity for people of all ages, abilities and interests to get involved.
As well as Climate Friendly BoA there is also an Extinction Rebellion group in Bradford on Avon (XR), this is a separate group from CFBoA. Both groups support urgent action on climate change, since we are in a climate emergency.
Climate Friendly BoA believes we need to make a difference in our own lives and in our own town. In addition to campaigning, it is active through the actions of its groups, and its monthly meetings. XR also takes local action and believes we need to take non-violent direct action to put pressure on governments to act.
At our AGM in March 2019 a motion was passed to seek to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 in recognition of the climate emergency we face; aligning our goals with our Town Council and Wiltshire council who earlier in the year acknowledged there is a climate emergency and resolved to seek to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
Our aims are to carry out activities which benefit the community, to:
- promote, support and develop low carbon and sustainable lifestyles;
- raise awareness of climate change issues;
- share experience of low carbon living more widely;
- campaign at a local and national level for actions supporting low carbon living.
Our action groups are the driving force of Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon. We are a practical organisation that likes to get on and get things done with the minimum amount of meetings. If you’d be interested in joining one of the groups do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more on the Action Groups page.
Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is a tough challenge and a number of large projects are likely to be necessary.
So, CFB Community Interest Company (CIC) was set up to provide the legal framework and business status to enable us to implement larger projects as and when the opportunity arises.
We have already delivered a wide range of energy efficiency and clean energy generation measures through the British Gas Green Streets project in 2010 and the DECC funded LEAF (Local Energy Assessment Fund) project in 2012. But, a great deal more needs to be done and we need as much support as possible to achieve our goal.
In 2018 we moved from being a CIC to a community group and you can support our work by becoming a paid-up member of the group with a payment of £10 (or £2 unwaged) per annum if you are over 16. For more details, see the Support Us page and to apply click here.