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Climate Conversations: How do we change?

Posted Thursday, 11 July 2019

  • Climate Change discussion forum – 4 July at Fraser Hall, Cowan Bridge

South Lakeland District Council held a series of meetings 12 months ago as part of their commitment to address climate change issues and belief that local people have a crucial role to play.

Taking into account the views expressed in those initial meetings, in the past year they have taken a number of significant actions and have:

  • become the first council in Cumbria to declare a climate emergency
  • adopted a policy outlining how they aim to tackle climate change
  • drawn up an action-plan based on the ideas put forward at the public meetings

They are continuing the climate change conversation and once again invite residents to have their say on how we can continue working to tackle climate change.

This new round of meetings, which start on 9 July and take in venues in Kendal, Ulverston, Grange-over-Sands, Windermere and Kirkby Lonsdale, will also be canvassing ideas on how to address issues around biodiversity loss.

All the meetings will start at 7pm and feature a short presentation followed by ideas discussions at the following locations:

Tuesday 9 July, Assembly Room, Town Hall, Kendal

Thursday 11 July, Ante Room, Coronation Hall, Ulverston

Tuesday 16 July, Council Chamber, Victoria Hall, Grange-over-Sands

Wednesday 17 July, Millennium Room, Marchesi Centre, Windermere

Wednesday 24 July, Lunesdale Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale

Councillor Dyan Jones, who holds the newly created portfolio for Climate Emergency and Localism, said: “By working with communities, businesses and local groups we are committed to finding ways to reduce the impact of climate change and biodiversity loss.

“These are serious issues that require serious attention. At SLDC we have taken a lead in making this a priority, becoming the first council in Cumbria to declare a climate emergency and creating my new portfolio role to demonstrate our commitment.

“The big question is always what can we do? We held some very productive meetings a year ago that lead directly to our current action plan.

“Now we want to update people on the work that has been done and look to refresh that plan with new ideas and suggestions.

“We are encouraging anyone who shares our ambition to work together to tackle this emergency to join us at one of the meetings to take part in the conversation.

“People may think they’re too insignificant to influence climate change, but if everybody gets involved and plays their part we stand a better chance of making a difference.”

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