Quantock Eco’s purpose is to initiate, lead and facilitate local activities which will address environmental concerns in our community, and to share both ideas and results with like-minded communities in our region.
Our task is to raise awareness of these concerns through practical projects for individuals, groups or the whole community, and through encouraging changes in lifestyle and technology which will result in a sustainable environment.
“to satisfy the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy theirs”
How We Do This
Quantock Eco is a group of volunteers who have a single objective: to help our communities build sustainable lifestyles.
- By raising awareness of the causes and challenges of Climate Change,
- By alerting our communities to its possible impact on their wellbeing, and
- By promoting action which can be taken to mitigate that impact.
We do this by distributing information through talks & events; and through our media: a quarterly newsletter, our Facebook Group and this website;
We also act as a catalyst to push forward environmental projects; and to forge relationships with likeminded groups & partners to promote our joint, often overlapping, agendas.
All this in the hope that it leads to sustainable changes in lifestyles.
By “sustainable changes” we mean changes which satisfy the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy theirs.
It was David Attenborough who said, “My generation has done terrible things”. By “terrible things” he meant – unsustainable things.
- “Things” done almost unconsciously, driven by consumerism and the fetish of growth and more growth.
- “Things” which deplete the finite resources of our Planet and destroy its biodiversity.
- “Things”, which we only now recognise, affect the ability to meet the needs, not just of future generations, but also of today’s younger generations.
It is clear: action is needed now.
We are committed to helping make these changes because the challenges of Climate Change reflect the unsustainable lifestyles which have been led for generations.
Lifestyles driven by aggressive consumerism and the fetish of growth and more growth.
Lifestyles which deplete the finite resources of our Planet and destroy its biodiversity.
Lifestyles, which we only now recognise, have affected the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
There is no Planet “B”. It is therefore up to us to take action.
With your help Quantock Eco hopes to encourage our communities to do just that.
Our Executive Committee
The Executive for the year to April 2019-April 2020 is:
- Chairman: Julian Anderson (Bicknoller)
- Vice-Chairman: Chris Leigh-Browne (Ash Priors)
- Treasurer: Carole Darke (Bicknoller)
- Secretary: TBC
- Members: Ian Myers (Bishops Lydeard) Jamie Bachelor (Merridge) Jill Canney (Elworthy) Katrina Hinkley (Spaxton) Kim Martin (Bicknoller) Mike Davis (Halse) Stuart Dowding (Bicknoller)
- Ex-Officio for Forum 21: Elaine Watson
- Ex-Officio for Friends of Quantock: Philip Comer
Members elect an Executive Committee at the Annual General Meeting.
Quantock Eco’s Partner Organisations
- Quantock Hills AONB – www.quantockhills.com
- Friends of Quantock – www.friendsofquantock.com
- Forum 21 – www.west-somerset-forum21.org.uk
- Centre for Sustainable Energy – www.cse.org.uk
- Somerset Waste Partnership – www.somersetwaste.gov.uk
- Taunton Transition Town – tauntontransition.wordpress.com
- Transition Minehead Alcombe – transitionnetwork.org/transition-near-me/initiatives/minehead-and-alcombe/