On September 25th, 2021 we held our first Climate Summit, in St. Michael's Church, Martlesham Heath.

With a diverse range of speakers and topics, we covered the science of climate change and what you can do, East Suffolk Council's green agenda, real-world experience from solar panels and air-source heat pumps, biodoversity with reference to the Swift as an indicator species, and reducing plastic use with eco-refills & recycling. 

Specific thanks to the speakers and stand-holders, and to St. Michael's Church and the staff of the Runway café, who stayed open all day and provided huge logistic and tech. support.

Some of the presentations used by the presenters are available for download below..


List of Talks:

10.00     Introduction. What the science is telling us and how we can all start to do something about it. Paul Whitby and Dave Green

10.30     The Climate Emergency - why it matters. James Mallinder, East Suffolk Council cabinet member for the environment.

11.15     Biodiversity and a changing climate: examples of issues with particular reference to the Save Our Suffolk Swifts project. Simon Hooton.

11.45     Getting off gas: Air Source Heat Pumps (the numbers). Dr Phil Wallace (resident)

12.30     BREAK

13.30     Rewilding your garden. Rob Dunger (Felixstowe radio) & Catherine McMillan (Katies Garden)

14.00     Saving plastic - managing a refill shop. Tracey Goddard, Woodbridge ECO Refill shop.

14.30     My experience with Solar POV + Battery (the numbers). Phil Bull (resident).

15.00     Plenary. Speakers reconvene for open Q&A session.

15.30.     Close

List of Stands:

1)   Martlesham Parish Council.

2)   Design a 'wildlife friendly garden' competition (primary age children). Display of entries and have a go on the day.

3)   Martlesham Conservation Group/Suffolk Wildlife Trust

4)   Refill ECO shop (Woodbridge). Bring your empty shower gel, washing up liquid, laundry liquid bottles and try a refill.

5)   east green Energy Ltd.

6)   Greenscape Ltd.

7)   Save Our Swifts (am)/Martlesham Tree Wardens (pm)

8)   Replacing a domestic gas boiler with a heat pump: the numbers.

9) My experience with a solar PV + battery system 

10) Recycling challenge

11) Try some vegan food

12 Feedback board - comments, suggestions and ideas.

The Runway cafe was open during the summit for refreshments.