Public get chance to shape climate change plans in Stafford Borough

    20/09/2021


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    Members of the public are being given the chance to help shape Stafford Borough Council plans to tackle climate change. 

    As part of the council’s ‘Climate Change and Green Recovery Strategy’ the local authority agreed to set up a panel with volunteers from the community to work with them. 

    Now the call has gone out for people who have a “passion” for the environment to help develop and promote initiatives that will reduce carbon emissions in their area. 

    Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Environment, said the panel was another key element in their strategy - following the appointment of a dedicated full time Climate Change Officer earlier this year. 

    The panel will work alongside the local authority to: 

    • develop a climate change pledge and information packs for communities and businesses     
    • support community engagement activities and events 
    • work with others to develop initiatives that will reduce carbon emissions in their area and promote community action 
    • promote Sustainable Staffordshire 

    Councillor Price told a meeting of the council last week that they had made tackling climate change a top priority and he was proud of the progress they had already made. 

    “We are looking for people who have a genuine interest in climate change and would like to work with us. So, if you are someone who has a passion for protecting the environment, promoting sustainable lifestyles, and is happy to represent the views of your community then we would love to hear from you.” 

    To apply you need to fill in an ‘Expression of Interest’ form which can be found at Community Representatives Needed! (staffordbc.gov.uk) by Sunday 17 October.  

    Councillor Price added: “Tackling climate change is all our responsibility - residents, organisations, and businesses. And, although we are a small cog in the global wheel, this is now an opportunity for people in our community to go that extra mile and help shape the way we go about doing our bit.”  

    An update on the progress the council had made was discussed at the meeting on Tuesday 14 September.  

    As well as the appointment of a dedicated officer, the authority has partnered with Keele University, the Centre for Alternative Technology and other Staffordshire councils to look at what is required to achieve zero carbon targets.

    More information and a link to the council’s strategy can be found from the website.

    Press Release No 5808

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