The Oldham Youth Council recently attended the Generation Oldham event on Wednesday 3rd December 2014, at The Queen Elizabeth Hall. This event was brought together for community groups, organisations and local people to find new energy-saving ways to help Oldham, for example adding bio mass generators and solar panels.
The event was opened with 4 very different presentations; each showing how new renewable sources of energy can be used to power the borough. The aim is that by 2020, in order to tackle climate change, we must reduce our carbon emissions by 48%. In order for us to do that we must use these new sources of energy.
The 4 presentations that were shown highlighted the use of insulation, hydro power, solar panels and new types of boilers. Each one showed a new and improved way of saving large amounts of energy at relatively low costs. Some of the organisations are also getting several people involved within the community having an impact locally.
There is a great desire within Oldham to save energy. One example that stood out was in Dovestones, where the power of the water is being harnessed to create energy. This energy is being used to power hundreds of nearby homes as well as providing education for young children. This is also inspiring the next generation to shape a better Oldham for the future. As part of the Generation Oldham project, a tour has been arranged where 10 Youth Councillors with be looking at some of the eco and energy-saving projects already in place.
YCllr Marouf Ahmed Member of Youth Parliament – The Member of the Youth Parliament is elected to represent the LA on a national level. &
YCllr Nazmul Islam