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To attendants of the Doncaster Climate Change Hearing,
I would like to take this unique opportunity to propose a new use for Doncaster's
former Earth Centre project at Conisbrough.
The Earth Centre was originally conceived as ‘an exhibition of sustainable development practices and an international centre for related research and education’. Unfortunately, as we all know, the project lost its way and closed down five years ago even though its fortunes had finally begun to change for the better. The site is still home to some of the most advanced sustainable technology currently available (near silent wind turbines, an advanced 'living machine' sanitation system, solar canopy, extensive allotments & forest gardens, etc.), but it is currently being used by a corporate 'war-games' company and as a film set – hardly ideal uses considering the potential that this site and its existing resources has to offer.
I would like to propose that the former 'Earth Centre' should become the UK's 'National Centre for Climate Change'.The location is central to the rest of the UK and a highly sustainable infrastructure already exists. I feel that the former Earth Centre should once again be used as an international research and education facility with 'Climate Change' as its central remit. The main building could be be used for research and development; whereas some of the grounds, gardens and the former shop could be handed over to local community to encourage the development of grass-roots climate change initiatives. I have been working on a more detailed proposal but for the sake of brevity I will not expand on the idea at this time. Hopefully I have said enough to whet your appetite.
Oxfam could invite other major Climate Change charities to support the proposal and North Doncaster MP - and local climate hero - Ed Miliband could liaise with Doncaster Council to save the site from the developers. The fact that the buildings and resources already exist means that a conglomeration of charities could assume joint management of the centre at greatly reduced costs to all involved - as long as the political willpower exists. I firmly believe that a national research, development and educational centre could be of immense benefit to all those concerned with the devastating effects of climate change. I also believe that such a facility could be beneficial to Doncaster. If you feel the same way please get in touch and lets push for real and lasting change in our region.