Climate & Environment Emergency
Dorset Council's Draft Climate Action Plan October 2020
Opportunities to discuss and respond:
Dorset Climate Action Network (Dorset CAN) has produced:
a useful summary of Dorset Council's Plan ~ a summary of Dorset CAN's mission
Minutes of Dorset CAN meeting 25/11/20
Dorset Action is organising People's Assemblies to discuss & respond to Dorset Council's Plan
On the 10th June 2019, Char Valley Parish Council unanimously passed the following motion:
This council acknowledges that there is a worldwide climate and environmental emergency.
For some people, this may be obvious. Others may strongly disagree. And others may just feel that they don't know enough.
Gathering facts and reliable projections
For anyone who wants to know more about the emergency we face, we are gathering a collection of fairly sober and factual reports (from sources like the UN, the IPCC, academic journals, WWF, the RSPB, CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times and the BBC) about the climate emergency, species extinction and environmental degradation. You can see the beginnings of it here. If you have any thoughts about this or any new sites/links/publications to suggest, please let us know. We hope to expand on this, both for this site and for Char Valley Parish Council.
See: Climate and Environment Reports
Looking at the worst case
There are more alarming predictions, also backed by solid science but which are only just beginning to be acknowledged by the UN and national governments. A few of these are collected here.
See: Our Planet in Crisis
What can we do?
As a Parish Council, we do not own council buildings or other properties, nor do we run local transport or manage large budgets. So there is little we can do as a council to reduce carbon emissions. But we have put together a Climate Action Plan with 21 key proposals for steps we can take as a council to support the local community and to encourage change at County (and even national) level.
The Climate Action Plan is explained here.
The River Char Community Project
Read about the project
Growing through Climate Change
Improving food security in and around Bridport. Read the briefing - read the full report.
See the Seeding our Future website.
Dorset Council's Strategy for the Climate & Ecological Emergency (July 2020 Draft)
and Responses from the Char Valley Community
Dorset National Park
Read the Summer 2020 Newsletter