Climate Change - Final call to share your opinion with the council!

Date
Thu, 17 Feb 2022
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East Riding of Yorkshire Council is calling on residents to provide their views on climate change in the East Riding through an interactive online questionnaire before the deadline of 27 February 2022. This can be accessed by using the link: https://climatechangeeryc.commonplace.is/

Residents will be able to use an interactive map of East Riding to highlight locations where there are opportunities for further positive climate action and express any opinions about climate change more generally through a series of questions. This information will help shape the Climate Change Strategy for the East Riding.

The survey will remain live online until Sunday 27 February 2022.

The council is committed to achieving net zero through reducing its own carbon emissions and by working with communities and organisations to influence behaviours and ambitions on climate change.

Following the declaration of a climate emergency in February of last year, the council is currently in the process of developing a Climate Change Strategy for the East Riding which will explore opportunities for reducing carbon emissions and examine how we can adapt to climatic changes across the wider East Riding.

The evolving Climate Change Strategy will build on the council's successes in environmental management and emission reduction, which have been driven by the authority's Environmental Policy. This policy ensures that environmental issues are considered in our everyday activities and helps the Council improve its environmental performance, including actions that address climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Community Involvement

As an authority we value engaging and listening to residents and organisations on the topic of sustainability, including climate change, as we understand that it is only by working together that we can achieve our climate and ecological ambitions and targets. For instance, we have previously:

  • Presented and held discussions with residents on sustainability, at local events in the East Riding, as part of the national Great Big Green Week, in September last year.
  • Led a seminar at the recent Hull and East Yorkshire Road to Net Zero event, affiliated with COP26, on the important role of nature in combatting climate change.
  • Helped fund and support 18 local projects, last year, that were designed to improve local communities for people and wildlife, by linking with the Government's Year of Green Action. These projects have helped plant trees, create new wildlife areas and engaged more schoolchildren and young adults in environmental activities.

Cllr Chris Matthews, portfolio holder for environment and climate change at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "Climate change is a complex issue, but by working together we can tackle the climate crisis head on. The council is currently developing its climate change strategy and would like to hear ideas from our residents on how we might tackle the climate emergency together. I would encourage all residents in the East Riding to follow the links to the survey and take part - it really is an opportunity for you to have your say."

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