The rise in the public consciousness of climate change in 2019 was evidenced by the Collins word of the year, Climate Strike. Figures such as Greta Thunberg and India Logan-Riley have familiarised climate change amongst young people all over the world and drawn attention to the action needed to combat climate change both locally and nationally.
NALC responded to this appeal by organising a climate change panel session and declaring a climate emergency at its Annual Conference in October 2019. NALC is proud that lots of local (parish and town) councils are declaring a climate emergency and is working to encourage others to do the same.
NALC believes that, collectively, across 10,000 local councils, we can tackle climate change locally and create more climate-friendly communities.
WHAT CAN YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL DO?
- Declare a climate emergency
- Create a task force to establish a green agenda that includes developing a resilience policy and engaging in flood defence measures
- Sign up to the Woodland Trust’s Tree Charter and develop a tree maintenance programme
- Develop and promote green transport plans including safe routes to school
- Ensure that all council buildings are as energy-efficient as possible and that energy is not wasted through unnecessary heating and lighting
- Use green energy sources and environmentally friendly products
- Plan for a green community in a neighbourhood plan
- Limit the use of plastics, especially single-use plastics in your council
- Reduce waste and recycle as much as possible
- Protect important open spaces and carbon sinks and consider creating a community orchard and/or wildflower meadow and/or allotments