Despite limited progress at a national and international level in tackling the Climate Emergency, local government has been at the forefront of delivering changes that would meet the internationally recognised 1.5oC warming target. Within the UK, local government has had a strong track record of action on climate change with over half of local authorities now having declared a climate emergency and many set out detailed plans to achieve Net-Zero. However, while ambitious, smaller councils often face particular challenges in taking action.
This seminar provides an introduction for both members and officers from smaller local authorities involved in developing responses to the climate emergency and an opportunity to share ideas and best practice.
- An introduction to the science and impacts of climate change.
- How global and UK climate policy impact local government.
- How smaller local authorities are responding to the climate emergency.
- Key actions for tackling the climate emergency (plenary discussion).