What can my local council do?
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.
Resources for parish councils
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.
Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
Wild About Devon: Community Toolkit & Wildlife Network
Wild About Devon is an initiative for Parish and Town Councils to help communities take action for wildlife and tackle the Climate Emergency. It aims to bring together existing expertise around biodiversity loss and climate change, as this knowledge is currently held in a range of organisations around Devon (for example the Woodland Trust, DWT, Devon Living Churchyards, Devon Birds etc) with little opportunity for cohesive collaboration. Bringing together these organisations will create opportunities for cooperation and learning within Devon’s communities, creating a Nature Recovery Network for the county.
Wild About Devon currently has an excellent Community Toolkit: a digital collection of resources with which communities can undertake their own biodiversity audit.