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Councils come together to tackle climate emergency: Wadebridge, November 6

Cornwall, town and parish councillors will share ideas on supporting communities in tackling the climate emergency at an event hosted by Cornwall Council tomorrow (Wednesday, November 6).

The annual Localism Summit held at the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge aims to promote local decision-making and a stronger understanding of different communities’ needs.

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Julian German, Leader of Cornwall Council, and Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for climate change and neighbourhoods, will open the event.

Tony Armstrong, chief executive of the national membership network for community organisations, Locality, will give a keynote speech on the future of localism nationally and in Cornwall.

There will also be a presentation on localism opportunities for Cornwall by Sarah Mason, Chief Executive of the Cornwall Association of Local Councils.

The morning session will focus on town and parish councillors giving their views on how localism can help their communities and the support available from Cornwall Council.

In the afternoon Councillor Hannaford will give a presentation on Cornwall Council’s action plan to help Cornwall strive towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

She will be joined by Steve Ford who leads the Council’s Carbon Neutral Cornwall programme.

There will be talks from Helston Climate Action Group, Chacewater Parish Council and Camelford Network Panel, all of whom are taking a lead to draw up climate change plans to support their communities.

Delegates from town and parish councils across Cornwall will discuss ways of providing leadership, support, information and governance to communities to address local climate change action.

Cllr Hannaford said: “The theme of our Localism Summit is collaborative working to help communities in taking positive, local action to tackle climate change.

“Helping Cornwall become carbon neutral is not something we can do alone. We want to hear from communities across Cornwall about their plans to help cut emissions and we want to work closely with local councils and community groups in supporting their activities.

“I want to thank everyone in Cornwall who has already taken action in helping to tackle the climate emergency.”

The Localism Summit for town and parish councillors across Cornwall takes place at the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge on November 6 from 9.30am to 3.30pm.


Posted 05 November 2019