Tuesday, May 18, 2021

We can make real change happen – let's be greener together

We can make real change happen – let's be greener together

In July 2019, we committed to becoming a greener council when we declared a climate emergency and pledged to adopt ambitious targets to become a carbon neutral council by 2030.  We also pledged to take more action to reduce carbon emissions across the Borough as a whole.

But we can’t do this alone – we need your help.  That’s why we want to start an important conversation with you, our communities, about what needs to be done to make this a reality, and how we can do it together.

So we're opening a two-week consultation to find out what you think we should be doing to tackle environmental issues, as well as how we can in turn help you take action in your local area.  And we know there's already some great work going on out there, so we also want to hear about action you are already taking and explore areas where you are keen to see further action or start new projects.  We aim to pull together like minded individuals to make great things happen!

Councillor Jenny Wilkie, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Landlord Services said: "Real action on climate change cannot wait. This is a global problem, but as individuals, our actions can really add up to significant change. We want to get right to the heart of the matter; what can we practically do together to make that difference? How can we help you make changes to your everyday life that will help reduce our impact on the environment for future generations?

"We want to hear your voices and ideas because together we can create a more positive outcome for our communities as well as the planet. Let's work together and make positive changes now."

The questions in the consultation focus on community action, which we would like to see at the centre of our action plan.  We hope this is the start of a long standing dialogue between us and our local communities moving forward – we have focused on actions we can all take individually and in our communities and that are deliverable within the role of the Borough Council. 

Councillor Carl Coughlan, Chair of the Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added: "The Committee are working on understanding the scope of what is already being achieved and what people feel still needs to happen. It’s an exciting and challenging time ahead, we can only make the impact we need to make by working together on the identified priorities, so please share your thoughts through this consultation."

The consultation is now live and will remain open until Sunday 30 May.  The findings of the questionnaire will be used to progress and steer our focus in the coming year and aim to help enable more community action to work towards a low carbon future.

To take part in the consultation visit:  

https://westlancs.citizenspace.com/engagement/climate-change

If you would like to read more about the action the Council are taking to tackle climate change, please have a look at the Council's Climate Change webpage.