Gloucestershire leaders join forces to fight climate change
A new climate Leadership Gloucestershire group was launched on Friday (12 November) to jointly take forward Gloucestershire’s response to the climate emergency.
This new group brings together senior politicians and officers from the public sector in the county. At it’s inaugural meeting the group agreed the need from even more joint working to solve the most challenging of climate actions and identified priority action areas. This type of action is essential if we wish to make changes and intensify our response to the climate emergency.
In 2019, councils across the county declared a climate emergency. In recognition of the need for cross sector and district working to tackle the climate emergency, we have now convened the new ‘Climate Leadership Gloucestershire’ group.
At its first meeting (12 November) senior public sector leaders and politicians committed to working together to identify and deliver progress on decarbonisation and climate adaptation. Members of the group were keen to emphasise that the timing of our response to these challenges is urgent and that the cross cutting nature of climate change means actions must be considered alongside all other priorities for the county such as economic recovery and growth.
The group will meet again in January, taking input from experts and policy leads on critical areas such as how to decarbonise our energy supply, infrastructure and transport. A key priority for the group will be identifying and managing delivery of a joint action plan on topics such as sustainable homes, buildings and protecting ourselves from the effects of extreme weather events. The group will also work to increase our available spaces for nature, reduce CO2 and ensure a strong focus on improving the health and wellbeing of Gloucestershire’s residents.
Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Climate change is a major challenge facing our residents and businesses. Leadership Gloucestershire partners have already taken huge steps to reduce emissions and this new group will help us to accelerate progress by coordinating and combining our actions to solve some of the most challenging and difficult issues facing Gloucestershire.”
To follow the work of this new group and identify opportunities to engage in shaping county wide climate action priorities, please follow the hashtag #GreenerGloucestershire on social media or visit Greener Gloucestershire - Gloucestershire County Council.
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