How is BCP Council addressing the Climate and Ecological Emergency?
The Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency in July 2019 as one of the first actions of the new Unity Alliance.
This was followed in December 2020 by an Annual Report on progress and a public engagement consultation period which ends on 1 March 2021. The consultation takes the form of a multi-choice Survey (with free-text box). PLEASE USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. YOU DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS. Just express an interest in the Council’s climate actions (and perhaps suggest they inject a sense of urgency)!
There is also an Ideas Board.
The public engagement consultation ends on 4 March 2021 and an all-member workshop will consider the results on 30 March. The Climate Action Leadership Board will be launched shortly after. There is no word on Citizens’ Assemblies and the Council leaders are determined to stick with the two proposed date targets of 2030 for carbon neutral Council activities and 2050 for area-wide activities.
East Dorset Friends of the Earth have written a robust response which can be viewed here.
XRBCP has also written a useful guide on their responses to the BCP Climate Action Plan.