David Cameron officially opens the Oxford Environment Centre
The Oxford Environment Centre in Sheep Street, Charlbury was officially opened by David Cameron, M.P last Friday 15th December. The event was also attended by around 25 guests including the local County Councillor- Sue Haffenden, local District Councillors – Glena Chadwick and Mike Breakell, the Chairman of the Charlbury Chamber of Trade and Commerce – Peter Smith, Penny Randall from Second Nature UK Ltd and representatives from Charlbury Town Council and the District Council.
Mr Cameron said that he was very pleased to be asked to open this local environment business and wished it well. He stressed that climatic change is the biggest challenge facing mankind in the 21st century and we all have an important role to play in reducing our carbon foot print. He went on to mention some of the important initiatives being undertaken by business in the UK to reduce their carbon foot prints.
Mr James Robertshaw, the Director of the Oxford Environment Centre, thanked Mr Cameron for coming to open the centre and that climatic change was a major issue cutting through all party politics (as demonstrated in Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient truth”) and so important that it must transcend party politics.
David Harvey, District Council Cabinet Member for Environmental Matters, “wished the centre every success” and commented that he is “always interested to hear of any new environmental initiatives which take place in our area”.
The centre will sell solar power and hot water systems, wind turbines, timber framed houses, natural insulation products, low energy appliances such as light bulbs, ovens and solar and natural light systems, additives to improve car fuel usage and encourage customers to switch to a renewable energy provider.
The centre offers the domestic property owner a way of meeting their needs with only a low impact on the environment. The centre is financed from commission on the sale of (mainly UK manufactured) environmental products. It is independent of all major utility companies.
A further important role of the centre will be to provide education of the true impact that we all have from our own use of energy on global warming and the environment.