And so it began.
At its meeting on 17.9.2019, East Harptree Parish Council declared a Climate & Nature Emergency in line with the declaration made by Bath & North East Somerset Council. As a direct result the parish council voted to set up its own C&NE Working Group to work together to advise the council on ways in which parishioners and the council could join forces to combat the harmful effects of Climate Change. This working group included volunteer parishioners, who together brought a huge degree of experience and expertise, both professionally and via their special interests, to the task in hand.
Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, members of the group worked together to investigate ways in which parishioners could adapt their life behaviour individually and as a community and how the PC, within its responsibilities, could support those changes. The PC promised to publish their findings in full when completed. Topic areas were prioritized and interim and full reports were written for both the council and our wider community to access and hopefully, to act upon.
Five Topics= Real changes.
The group identified five main priority areas which formed the basis of their reports and would in each case potentially affect all our lives. These reports make fascinating and exciting reading, but they are not published here just to read. They form the basis of a much bigger conversation within our community and it is up to the parish, as a whole to get involved. It is time for us all to take this knowledge and use it to make the changes that will safeguard all our futures.
Some of the recommendations in the reports may well be part of your everyday life already, but if not then please do click on the links above or on the side panel for the topic that most interests you and find out more.