South Somerset to host climate drop-in
South Somerset District Council Climate change is to host a climate emergency event. It will be held in Yeovil on Saturday 22 February at Vicarage Street Methodist Church, Vicarage Street, Yeovil BA20 1JB from 10am until 4pm.
If you live in South Somerset this drop in is your opportunity to come along and have your say on what you think Somerset needs to do.
We all know talk is cheap!
Every council in Somerset has declared a climate emergency. Let us be honest that is the easy bit. fight climate change.
SSDC tell us that thousands of people have already shared their views to help shape a strategy. More talk and some writing but hopefully it will lead to action too.
So what is the event going to include?
There will be a range of activities to join in, some may sound a little odd but the aim is to get the maximum engagement. The idea is worthy if at times the description of the event sounds rather more like telling people what will happen, than seeking their advice and input!
Activities will include a family craft (?) and conservation area, an infographics area and rich picture interactive workshop which will illustrate the main elements and relationships needed to move forward with our environment strategy.
There will also be drinks available and talks from guest speakers on topics linked to protecting the environment. SSDC tell us “You will also be able to put forward your own questions on the things you care most about for Somerset’s environment.”
No space for putting forward your own ideas then?
Apparently yes, according to one of the speakers, Cara Naden. Cara is a one time Langport Town Councillor and founder of Transition Langport. For the drop-in session she will represent Somerset Climate Action Network. This is a Somerset wide community lead organisation, helping co-ordinate community reaction to the climate emergency.
She tells us “This is an great opportunity to feedback on, and help shape the council’s actions and strategy to the climate emergency declarations. The drop in event will also include community lead talks on topics and solutions to help make the necessary changes required to reduce our environmental impact and help adapt to the climate changes we face.”
Which is much more like it, more of a two way exchange of information than our councils are used to. This is probably why SSDC have got Somerset Climate Action Network to host the drop ins. And all credit to them for doing so.
Car Naden again “Our communities are on the front line of climate change impacts, particularly the low laying levels, so we need to address the climate emergency now”.
If you can’t make the drop-in event, you can also tell SSDC what you think through an online survey by visiting www.somerset.gov.uk/climateemergency. There are two versions of the survey – one for adults and another for 11-18 year olds.