Fringe Event: What Next Forum
| Plants and Plans - an evening of films, speakers and discussion on biodiversity in Chorlton.
A look at what is being done, what we can do and why we should do it.
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Venue: St Clement’s Church. Edge Lane, Chorlton M21 9JF.
Organised by Green Chorlton, the What Next? Forum traditionally takes place a few days before Chorlton's Big Green Festival. It puts environmental issues and sustainable living centre stage by combining expert talks with Q&As and an open forum in which members of the public can discuss ways to encourage eco-living in south Manchester. In the first year we tried to make this part of the main festival but we just couldn't make it work, too noisy and too many things going on.
In 2010, we held the first What Next event and this is where the title for this event comes from as we were asking “What Next for Chorlton”. Speakers talked about; the impact of climate change; a community approach to change; and a individual approach to change. The aim was to get people thinking about what needs to happen in Chorlton and inspire people to take action. After discussion local people put forward their ideas for new initiatives and asked people to join with them.
In 2011 the focus of What Next was about how to make our homes greener and was organised by Chorlton Refurb. Speakers talked about: the ways that energy is lost from houses, the solutions and what difference they can make; a whole house approach to energy efficient refurbishment; the main ways that local people can produce renewable energy in their homes.