Dacorum Borough Council brought together local individuals and organisations to ‘think global and act local’ with their annual Climate Action Network event.
Over 130 people attended the Dacorum Climate Action Network (Dacorum CAN) annual networking event held on Thursday 3 November 2022 at The Forum, Hemel Hempstead. The evening event ran from 6pm until 9pm and was intended for Dacorum residents to network with like-minded individuals and organisations.
Over 20 local organisations held stalls at the event to showcase the work that they are doing in the borough. Together they covered a range of themes, including sustainable transport, home energy, biodiversity and sustainable communities.
The event began with a welcome speech by Claire Hamilton, Chief Executive of Dacorum Borough Council. Throughout the night, the audience heard from eight speakers, including Dacorum Borough Council’s Climate Emergency Lead Officer, electric vehicle industry experts, a Wilder Community officer from Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and a home energy expert.
There were also talks from Butterfly Conservation, Sustainable Wigginton’s ‘The 56 Club’, and Open Door Berkhamsted regarding some projects that they have been carrying out recently using the Council’s Green Community Grant funding. After each of the speaker sessions, audience members had the opportunity to ask the panel questions.
For those who attended the event in person, a vegetarian buffet was provided as well as a range of activities and freebies for the networking breaks. These included, a plant-based milk tasting station, free packets of wildflower seeds, pledge photo card props, a clothes swap demonstration rail, and a Wishing Tree for people to add on suggestions that they wished more people would do to help the environment.
The speakers were streamed online for virtual attendees to be able to watch at home, and these sessions were recorded, too. If you missed the event but would like to watch these, the videos are available on the Council’s YouTube channel. Watch the first speaker session. Watch the second speaker session.
Photos of the event are available on Dacorum’s Facebook page.
Dacorum CAN was launched last year and already has over 350 individuals, and nearly 70 organisations signed up. If you would like to find out more or sign up to the free network, registration is quick and easy on the Dacorum CAN web page.