Build up to the annual green fair is on course

Buckingham Green Fair.Ruth Newell,chair Green Buckingham Group on the Fairtrade stall.'100320M-C060

Buckingham Green Fair.Ruth Newell,chair Green Buckingham Group on the Fairtrade stall.'100320M-C060

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AFTER last month’s Royal Institution reception to discuss the second Climate Change Week (CCW) the Buckingham Green Group begins its preparations for the third Buckingham Green Fair.

On Monday, November 21, the CCW stakeholders including John Gummer, now Baron Deben and former minister for environment, representatives of unions, Friends of the Earth, the Met Office, and Girl Guiding, met to talk about the next awareness week starting, Monday, March 12.

Tom Clarke, the science and environment correspondent for Channel 4 News chaired the panel which debated The Need for Speed: How can we accelerate society’s response to climate change?

The first CCW this year coincided with the Buckingham Green Fair and organisers registered the fair as one of the 3,000 CCW events which were eventually attended by half a million people.

This month Buckingham Green Fair organisers, the Green Buckingham Group (GBG), began sending invites to previous and prospective stall holders for the next fair on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

GBG is made up of the editorial team at the Advertiser and Review, members of Buckingham Town Council, University of Buckingham staff and students, and Buckingham residents who think it is important to raise awareness and encourage local adoption for a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

GBG member Gabby Mallet is a Buckingham resident and works for the National Energy Foundation. She said events like the Green Fair are a key part of the drive towards environmentally sustainable living and added “It’s important for lots of reasons, energy is my particular focus, and there are something like six million cavity walls not filled, and 10 million roofs not insulated, but most energy companies are likely to give this stuff away for free.

“So why aren’t people going for it? Why are they paying ridiculous energy bills?

“To a certain extent it must be they just don’t know about them. So I think awareness raising is part of what needs to be done.”

The last Green Fair featured a wide range of stalls, including: students with green business ideas, green energy firms, organic beauty products, eco-friendly toys, and organic food suppliers.

Anyone who would like a stall should contact the Advertiser via editorial@buckinghamadvertiser.co.uk or call 01280 827940.