TOWN and parish councils across Warwickshire will be supported to create their own climate emergency action plans.
The move is courtesy of the Warwickshire County Council (WCC) Green Shoots Fund which provides grants for projects and groups looking to tackle climate change.
The Warwickshire and West Midlands Association of Local Councils (WALC) was successful in its Green Shoots bid for £4,950 to provide two action planning days in January and March.
Warwickshire’s town and parish councils will help create their own climate emergency action plans and launch climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.
The councils hope to come away from the planning days with a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding the climate emergency and the difference between climate change adaptation and mitigation, and empowerment to deliver action of their own.
The sessions – run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy – will take place on Wednesday January 19 and Wednesday March 30.
John Crossling, county officer for WALC, said: “Our focus is very much on practical steps that Town and Parish Councils will be able to work on with their communities. We hope it will give them ideas that they will be able to turn into firm action plans at the two planning sessions in the New Year which will be led by the Centre for Sustainable Energy that have been made possible by the Green Shoots funding.”
WCC environment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “It’s great news that WALC have such an active programme of activity helping our town and parish councils in Warwickshire to play their part in facing the global challenge of climate change.
“The potential of these action days to inspire our parish councils to deliver meaningful action plans and activity over the coming years made it such an attractive prospect for Green Shoots Funding. I am certainly looking forward to hearing about the outcomes of these events and seeing increased activity in this area from our vibrant Town and Parish Councils over the coming years.”
Visit www.walc.org.uk/events-list/952-climate-action-day for more information.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/greenshootsfund for more details on the Green Shoots Fund.