Climate & Environment Emergency
Consultations now open - please respond to any that interest you...
- Water Framework Directive River Basin Management Plans: Draft river basin management plans - Environment Agency - Citizen Space (environment-agency.gov.uk)
- Government’s response to the Landscapes Review: Government response to the Landscapes Review - Defra - Citizen Space
- Nature Recovery Green Paper: Nature Recovery Green Paper: Protected Sites and Species - Defra - Citizen Space
- Environmental Targets: Consultation on environmental targets - Defra - Citizen Space
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FutureLearn offer online courses created by experts from leading universities and organisations. Their 'Climate Change: Solutions' course lets people explore solutions to this global challenge, including mitigation, adaptation and geo-engineering, which can help avoid the most dangerous climate changes.
Dorset Council's Local Plan Consultation
Dorset Council's Draft Local Plan 2021
CVPC's response to Dorset Council's Draft Local Plan
(for other responses to the Local Plan, visit Dorset Climate Action Network
Dorset Council's Climate and Ecological Emergency Consultation
Dorset Council's Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy 2020
CVPC's response to Dorset Council's Climate & Ecological Emergency Strategy
(for other responses to the Strategy and Action Plan, visit the document archive
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 prepared and approved our own Climate Action Plan with 12 key actions 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
Read the Full Report commissioned by your Parish Council from Dorset AONB
Growing through Climate Change
Improving food security in and around Bridport. Read the briefing - read the full report.
See the Seeding our Future website.
Gardening for Water & Wildlife
A short briefing for gardeners and septic tank owners.
Rural Net Zero
See this Rural Net Zero briefing from the Green Party addressing issues specific to the countryside in trying to reduce our carbon footprint.