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World faces 'clear choice' about the future of energy situation.

THE GLOBAL energy situation is a "cliffhanger"; whether renewable energy will really come to the rescue or whether the old fossil fuel industries will prevail, it was claimed at an event at the pioneering Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).

Journalist John Vidal said it is a very "clear choice" about which way the world goes, as giving a picture of energy issues globally to hundreds of visitors at the Machynlleth-based centre in Mid Wales.

"Either it goes down the road of fossil fuels, which is going to inevitable lead to climate change and all kinds of social and economic and environmental problems," he said.

"Or it will go down the road of renewables, where there is at least a chance to have a different kind of development path. But on this question hangs basically the future of the world.

'Events like this (Energy Day) are really valuable."

Paul Allen, Zero Carbon Britain project manager at CAT said: "Energy day has been a really successful event.

"It showed that re-thinking energy offers us a wide range of new opportunities, not least in terms of employment."

Hundreds of eco-minded families turned out for the fun family day out that was part of the Festival of the Future activity programme which is continuing throughout the summer at CAT. And the day was the most successful day for visitors to CAT this year, according to organisers, with more than 400 visitors from the local community and further afield attending. Highlights included creative activities for children including inventing renewable energy-powered vehicles, experimenting with wind turbine designs, storytelling and games.

Pizza tasting from the wood-fired pizza oven proved very popular, as did the pedal-powered sound system where visitors got to ride a bike to generate electricity needed to blast music across the site.

Rosie Strickland, marketing manager at CAT said: "With the sun shining and a great buzz across the site, visitors could not only enjoy the glorious weather and have fun but also learn about changes they can make individually and within their communities towards a more sustainable future."

Guests included Practical Action, Friends of the Earth and Good Energy.

The next event at CAT will be an Arts and Sustainability Fair on Wednesday, August 29.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 21, 2012
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