This summer Eastleigh played host to a special 'Climate' Question Time, giving local people the chance to quiz experts and politicians on a range of climate, energy and green issues.
The question time was held as part of the 'Eco Eastleigh' event held at the Wells Place Centre, an event aimed at promoting a greener, cleaner, healthier and cheaper lifestyle.
The panel featured local MP Mike Thornton, Eastleigh Borough Council cabinet member for Environment & Sustainability Councillor Louise Bloom, Dr Clare Diaper, an expert in water conservation, and Andrew Ross from the Eastleigh Transition Network.
Topics ranged from recent controversy over fracking licenses in Hampshire, UK dependency on foreign energy sources, to how local people could make a difference on climate change.
Members of the audience also quizzed Mr Thornton on the UK government's action on climate change and his recent decision to vote against the government over green energy targets.
Mr Thornton recently backed a move to set the Government a legal target to remove carbon emissions from the UK’s power supply by 2030.
The MP welcomed the opportunity to engage with local people on climate issues, saying: "It's hugely important that local people's voices on climate change are heard. It's clear from today's Question Time people want to see more action on this.
"The Government has done some very positive things on the green agenda, like creating the world's first national green development bank to help grow our green economy, but there's more that can be done".
"Here in Eastleigh we are leading the way on this issue, with the borough council investing in green technology now to save taxpayers money, help protect our environment, create jobs and reduce our dependency on foreign oil and gas", Mike added.