Even as we wrestle with the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains clear that climate change presents the greatest threat to both human and natural systems and the social and economic stability of human society. Despite limited progress at a national and international level, local government has been at the forefront of delivering changes that would meet the internationally recognised 1.5°C 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.
This workshop provides an introduction for both elected members and officers involved in developing responses to the climate emergency and an opportunity to share ideas and best practice.
- What is the climate emergency? A brief introduction to the science of climate change and its impacts.
- Climate policy from global to local. Global and UK climate policy and how it impacts local government.
- The local governance of Net-Zero. How local government is responding to the climate emergency.
- Practical next steps. Key actions for responding to the climate emergency.