What can my local council do?

Local Councils

As a Town or Parish council you are ideally placed to involve your community. To successfully address the climate emergency, it will require involvement from all individuals, not just those who are already pro-active. To reach out beyond those in your community who are already pro-active, you can use other areas of common interest to bring people together. These could be; traffic problems, adverse weather conditions such as flooding, impact of new developments or cycling and walking paths. Whatever it is you can use it as a starting point to discuss the wider challenges of Climate and Ecological changes; these will affect all of us in one way or another.

To ensure greenhouse emissions decrease fast enough to prevent dangerous levels of global temperature rise, we are going to need greater and more urgent engagement with society. Local and parish councils are in a unique situation to engage people and your community at a grassroots level, getting people to talk about it encourages others to think about it and hopefully spread the message further and helps apply pressure to national government.

Resources for parish councils

As a Town or Parish council you are ideally placed to involve your community. To successfully address the climate emergency, it will require involvement from all individuals, not just those who are already pro-active. To reach out beyond those in your community who are already pro-active, you can use other areas of common interest to bring people together. These could be: Traffic problems, adverse weather conditions such as flooding; impact of new developments; or cycling and walking paths. Whatever it is you can use it as a starting point to discuss the wider challenges of climate and ecological changes; these will affect all of us in one way or another.

Local Council’s Statutory Responsibilities

Local Council’s Statutory Responsibilities

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Climate Action Plan

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Mist in the valley over rolling green hills in South Dartmoor.
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