Share your ideas on combating climate change at Royal Cornwall Show

People across Cornwall will have their say on how to tackle climate change as Cornwall Council launches a major public engagement on the climate emergency today.

Last week councillors shared their initial plans to achieve the target for Cornwall to become carbon neutral by 2030 and recommended asking residents for their views on the Council’s ideas.

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Now the Council is starting face-to-face engagement at the Royal Cornwall Show where visitors are being asked how aware they are of climate change, what they think  of the Council’s proposals to cut emissions and what they are prepared to do themselves.

The conversations kick-start a series of engagements in town centres across Cornwall where Cabinet Members will talk to residents to hear their opinions on which climate change themes are key to them.

There will also be a short survey for people to give their thoughts online.

All the views will be collated for the Council’s Climate Change Programme Plan to be presented to Cabinet next month addressing what has already been achieved along with the short term and long term actions required by the Council, its partners, communities and residents.

Up for discussion at the engagement sessions are the following Council proposals for reducing Cornwall’s carbon footprint:

Transport

  • Reducing car journeys through more buses and trains, more frequently and helping people to walk and cycle more
  • More public charging points to help people switch to electric cars

Housing

  • Building more energy efficient new homes
  • Making existing homes more energy efficient

Energy

  • Making existing homes more energy efficient
  • Creating more large-scale, energy farms

Environment

  • Planting more trees
  • Helping nature  to thrive

Waste

  • Making it easier to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose waste
  • Making it easier to reduce single use plastic 

The other topic of conversation at the engagements will be whether people are willing to make a difference themselves, for example by committing to some of the following pledges suggested by Cornwall-based climate change consultants Climate Vision:

  1. Ring my energy supplier to see if I can switch to green energy. If not, I will find an alternative supplier.
  2. Buy local seasonal produce as much as possible, starting with at least two meals a week
  3. Educate myself about the science and impacts of climate change
  4. Contact my MP and ask my friends to make these pledges too
  5. Walk, cycle, use public transport or register with carsharecornwall.com to travel to work or make regular journeys at least once a week
  6. Work on my carbon footprint using an online carbon calculator
  7. Do a home energy check to find out how I can save energy in my home
  8. Turn down my thermostat to reach the lowest comfortable temperature, typically between  18 - 21°c and think about putting on a jumper
  9. Reduce my holiday air miles by 50%
  10. Learn to drive in a greener way 

Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Climate Change, said: “After declaring a climate emergency earlier this year we are now working on a  plan for how to help  Cornwall become carbon neutral by 2030. We want to hear what everyone thinks about our proposals and whether they are also willing to get involved and take action themselves to tackle climate change.

“We recognise that achieving our ambition will require significant action from nearly every service from within Cornwall Council. It will also need action from every person, community and business across Cornwall.

“Do come and talk to us at the Royal Cornwall Show and complete our online survey to let us know what your priorities for climate change are and how you’d like to get involved.”

More information and a link to the online survey is available on the Council’s website www.cornwall.gov.uk/climatechange

Cornwall Council will be at the Royal Cornwall Show throughout the three-day event which started today.