Have your say on local action to tackle climate change
In June 2019, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council declared a climate change emergency and is now inviting feedback on its Climate Change Strategy and encouraging comments via survey during the public consultation period until 29 January.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change is unequivocal that "climate change is real and human activities are the main cause."
The possible local implications for Welwyn Hatfield include heat, drought, flooding, impact on ecosystems and biodiversity, water supply, river quality, soil quality, agriculture, air pollution, pests, diseases and invasive species.
The purpose of the Climate Change strategy is to introduce the concept of climate change and the various international agreements and national policies that exist to tackle it, before focusing on the practical steps that the council and its partners plan to do at a county and borough level.
The council has set itself five ambitious and strategic objectives including the reduction of carbon emissions across the borough by promoting energy efficiency measures, sustainable construction, renewable energy, sustainable transport and behavioural change with the aim of net zero emissions by 2030. WHBC will work with, support, encourage and engage residents, communities, businesses and other partners in initiatives to reduce carbon emissions.
Executive Member for Climate Change at Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Fiona Thomson, said:
The views of our residents and independent business owners are crucial in helping us to shape a better future for our climate. We need to think globally, but we plan to act locally and we welcome feedback on our strategy to address very real climate change concerns. I look forward to hearing your opinions and encourage you to get involved in one of the biggest challenges of our lifetime.
Welwyn Hatfield's full Climate Change Strategy can be found here.