Call for support to tackle climate change in rural Essex
A GROUP of 21 councils, including Essex, has today launched a new network to highlight the important role of rural areas in tackling climate change.
The new Countryside Climate Network is calling for its voice to be heard in the climate change debate in an open letter to the Telegraph.
The letter highlights the fact that rural areas are often more likely to suffer the effects of climate change, but can also come up with solutions, and calls on Westminster to listen to what rural communities have to say.
Essex County Council is one of three East of England counties to have joined the network, being accompanied by Cambridgeshire and Suffolk County Councils.
Councillor Simon Walsh, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment and Climate Change Action, said: “I am delighted to be part of this new network to ensure those of us living in rural areas have their voices heard when it comes to the debate on climate change.
“The launch of this network is very timely, as the current pandemic has shown all of us simple ways in which we can reduce carbon emissions and move to a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. We need to seize this opportunity to make significant changes to protect our planet for future generations.
“I am committed to taking action on climate change issues. Just last month I launched the new Essex Climate Action Commission, which brings together a wide range of experts in the field of climate change to examine how we might be able to find ways to tackle the issues and become a net zero county.”
“This new network is a great opportunity to join forces with other mainly rural councils to share information and learn from one another.”
Cllr Walsh represents Essex County Council’s Thaxted Division in predominantly rural Uttlesford and is also Chairman of the Essex Rural Partnership. Essex has extensive areas of countryside, with 72% of its land area deemed rural.
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