Edward Davey MP to speak at Save the World Club meeting
By adam_leone | Thursday, January 24, 2013, 12:32
Edward Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, will be the keynote speaker at a public meeting and question time hosted by local charity Save the World Club and the community organisation Transition Town Kingston.
The discussion will take place on the evening of 8th February at the Market House, Market Place, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1JH, and will include expert panellists from local and national charities exploring the arguments about and solutions to our energy future.
This Kingston event is one of a series of meetings across the country as part of the national "Energy We Can All Afford?" initiative.
As energy bills soar and another cold snap hits the UK, households that cannot afford to heat their homes will suffer in cold, damp conditions that blight their health, well-being and happiness.
A recent poll by parenting website Netmums found that 1 in 4 families are being forced to choose between heating and eating, as they struggle to pay their fuel bills.
Additionally, as the Association for the Conservation of Energy has reported cuts in energy efficiency support for the fuel poor.
The government is introducing measures aimed at improving energy efficiency such as the Green Deal and is looking to investment in renewables through the Energy Bill.
This event provides a timely opportunity for councillors, public and voluntary sector organisations, community groups, businesses and local residents to seriously deliberate the best solutions.
Jo Butcher, Director of Save the World Club, says: "We must not underestimate the health and social
impacts of living in a cold home which includes double the risk of asthma in children and quadruple the risk of mental health problems in young people."
"The elderly, disabled people, people with an existing health condition and those on low incomes are also vulnerable. No one should have to make the choice between feeding their family and heating their home."
"Save the World Club is delighted to be hosting this event in partnership with Transition Town Kingston – we see this as a vital opportunity to open up the debate about effective solutions to the energy crisis that are good for people and good for the planet."
Marilyn Mason of Transition Town Kingston adds: "There are clean, affordable, environmentally sustainable, future-proof ways to deal with rising energy costs, and I hope this meeting will highlight those - to everyone's benefit."
All are welcome to the "Energy We Can All Afford?" event, but booking is strongly advised: to book online
visit http://energywecanallafford.eventbrite.co.uk; or book by email or phone at email@example.com