Climate Action – Stokesley and Villages Group
Moor Sustainable has kick-started a new group to help the communities in Stokesley and the surrounding villages to take action on climate change by supporting and developing local initiatives to reduce carbon emissions or adapt to the changing climate.
At the first meeting of the group in July 2019, lots of ideas were generated for activities to mitigate or adapt to climate change. These have been divided into 5 themes.
To find out more about the group, contact Caryn Loftus.
Moor Sustainable are a member of the Stokesley and Villages Community Partnership of local councils and community groups which is co-ordinated by Hambleton District Council. Following the publication of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, last autumn, highlighting the urgency of acting to reduce greenhouse emissions we led a discussion for Partnership members on the role they could play as local councillors, members of community groups or residents in both helping the local community to adapt to changes in the climate and also to act to reduce emissions in order to keep global warming to only 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
At the meeting members of the Partnership tasked Moor Sustainable with finding a commitment that they could sign to show the role they have to help residents, community groups, businesses and local councils to capture the opportunities and benefits of action on climate change. These include saving money on energy bills, generating income from renewable energy, attracting new jobs and investment in ‘green’ industries, supporting new sources of energy, managing local flood-risk and water scarcity and protecting our natural environment.
Many of the activities in the Stokesley & Villages Community Plan already support local councils and community groups to work towards a zero-carbon area e.g. the planned Stokesley to Great Ayton cycleway. Through formalising the links to reducing climate change by signing a commitment the Partnership hope to show that action is already taking place and to engage local people in what further action can be undertaken.
In June, the focus of the Stokesley and Villages Community Partnership’s AGM was Climate Change and a series of speakers gave presentations about work being undertaken locally, regionally and nationally to increase the availability of local food, reduce flooding, generate renewable energy and plan for zero-carbon. At the AGM the Partnership adopted a commitment to take action in a changing climate and agreed that the priorities for the Stokesley & Villages Community Plan will support local councils, community groups and individuals to work towards a zero-carbon area through:
- increasing opportunities for connecting with nature and local communities;
- improving public transport and walking / cycling networks;
- encouraging local food initiatives;
- sharing stories showing how people and organisations are reducing their carbon footprint locally.
Caryn Loftus, a Director of Moor Sustainable, said:
“There are actions we can all take as individuals such as eating less meat; reducing our waste; using public transport, walking and cycling wherever possible; and using renewable electricity but given the short time period we have to stop the climate emergency we currently face we need to work together at a local, regional and national level. While the challenge seems daunting, there are lots of opportunities for transforming our current systems to improve employment, health and wellbeing as well as saving our natural environment not just for our children and grandchildren but also for people in countries that will find it harder to adapt.
We are hoping that people of all ages will get involved in the new group as climate change affects us all.”