Eyam Green group was formed in 2018 after the showing of the 2009 film “The Age of Stupid” in the village. The idea to do something about climate change came from the floor of the meeting which was open to all residents.
Eyam has a long tradition of finding solutions to problems. In 1665 plague broke out when a flea infested bundle of cloth arrived from London. The village isolated itself to avoid spreading the infection.
We decided our first actions should concentrate on food because it is the one thing that unites us all not matter who we are or where we come from. Food is responsible for approximately 26% of global GHG emissions from growing, distributing, and disposing of waste.
The first action was to work on reducing food waste by distributing leaflets at community events like the monthly repair cafe meetings. Some waste is inevitable so as part of our zero waste 2030 initiative we started a composting project. This not only helps reduce the amount of material leaving the village it produces a much-needed soil amendment that improves soil fertility and locks up carbon dioxide.
Funding was secured from Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council. In March 2020 we installed a small demonstration food compost bin at the Church Centre and regular compost bins for processing grass cuttings and leaves in the church yard.
A programme of talks and composting demonstrations was scheduled to begin in April 2020 but had to be postponed due to Covid-19. As an alternative we setup online workshops which have been well received with a total of 120 participants so far. Feedback has been excellent with requests to repeat the workshops on a rolling basis.
Our commitment is to show that being inclusive and sharing knowledge and skills is the way to fight climate change, much like happened in 1665. We whole heartedly believe that the community can make Eyam a zero waste and zero carbon by 2030.