A GROUNDBREAKING new initiative to encourage people to slash their energy use is being launched in Huddersfield.
Marsden and Slaithwaite Transition Towns (MASTT) is a project aimed primarily at supporting both villages to scale down their energy use, as well as helping to strengthen community ties and working towards a vibrant future for the two villages.
To help launch the scheme, renowned salsa band Charanga Del Norte, is performing live on Saturday (March 1st) at Marsden Mechanics.
Dan McTiernan, MASTT member, said: “We are dealing with all the big issues of our age. Both climate change and the end of cheap oil will have a huge effect on the way we live our lives.
“The difference with Transition Towns is that instead of weighing people down with carbon guilt and media predictions of doom, we’re asking people to imagine a really positive future version of the place they live.
“Transition Towns helps communities create a very practical and engaging plan to get to that sustainable and flourishing place.”
Although Transition Town’s are springing up all over the country, MASTT is the first in Yorkshire.
Selina Paget is one of the committee members of MASTT.
She said: “The event on Saturday is a great chance for us to introduce the Transition Town model to Marsden and Slaithwaite in a fun and light- hearted way.
“As well as the fabulous live music, we’re screening a really uplifting short documentary called The Power Of Community, which sets the whole tone extremely well.”
For more information on MASTT and Transition Towns, visit http://transitiontowns.org/Marsden-and-Slaithwaite