30 Copeland Residents have stepped forward in response to the climate change crisis.
The residents joined Copeland Borough Council’s people’s panel in July and will now propose formal recommendations to the council and other organisations taking part.
Their reccomendations will explore where the council and other organisations priorities should lie to achieve the ambition of becoming a net-zero carbon borough.
Copeland People’s Panel on Climate Change met on 12 occasions, guided by environmental experts to discuss what changes could be implemented to reduce Copeland’s carbon footprint and create a more sustainable future.
The panel itself was made up of a diverse range of Copeland residents who applied to join in June through a selection process that made sure the members represented the overall makeup of Copeland’s communities.
The group was to focus on understanding what we should all do in our own homes, businesses, and in the local area to respond to climate change.
Residents can find out about the recommendations at an online launch event. The event will take place Wednesday, October 20 from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.
At this event, members of the panel will explain the process they followed and the recommendations they reached, and why.
Councillor Andy Pratt, Copeland's Portfolio Holder for Environment and Inclusive Communities, said:
“We’re incredibly passionate, in Copeland, about becoming a net-zero carbon borough, and these recommendations are just the start of our work to build a sustainable future for generations to come.”
At the next meeting of the Council’s Climate Steering Group on October 12, the recommendations will be put forward to councillors before being considered by the Executive committee and Full Council.
To find out more about Copeland People’s Panel on Climate Change and to register for the event click here.
The Copeland People’s Panel on Climate Change is part-funded by the National Lottery Community Fund as part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership’s ambitious emission reduction programme to make Cumbria carbon neutral by 2037.