Join the 'virtual' climate change conversation

A virtual meeting is being held to provide an update on an ambitious action plan to combat the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) has approved a Climate Change Action Plan - which was directly informed by feedback from a series of public Climate Conversation events - and has agreed carbon neutrality targets and a fund to help support community projects that contribute to the plan’s objectives.

SLDC has a target that the council should be carbon neutral by 2030 and is supporting a county-wide carbon neutral target of 2037.

Now a further Climate Conversation event is being held to present the action plan and to hear views on how its ambitions can be realised.

The virtual Climate Conversation will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, 21 July, via Microsoft Teams.

Councillor Dyan Jones, Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency and Localism, said: "South Lakeland District Council was the first council in Cumbria to declare a climate emergency and we committed then to tackle this issue head-on.

“With our new action plan we now have a clear direction and focus on some ambitious but, we believe, achievable targets that we hope will inspire and encourage others.

"We want to support community initiatives and work with our residents, to think globally and act locally. We want to promote the idea of 'what we can do together'.

“That is why these Climate Conversations have proved to be so important and valuable. The feedback we’ve received has already helped to shape the action plan and we want to continue bringing together the views of residents and organisations across the district to really influence and drive our ambitions.’’

Anyone interested in attending the virtual Climate Conversation on 21 July is asked to email climate.action@southlakeland.gov.uk to receive a link to the Teams meeting, along with joining instructions and further details.

More information is available about SLDC's climate change strategy. This includes the Climate Change Action Plan.