Rotherham Climate Action

by | 7 August 2020 | Community Focus, Environment, Rotherham

Whether it’s recycling or signing a petition, everyone has their own journey on making a difference to protect our planet. Rotherham Climate Action’s goal is to give you the tools, knowledge and motivation to act more sustainably, in order for our planet to become a better place for future generations.

About Climate Change
Climate change describes a change in the average conditions, such as increased temperature and rainfall in a region over a long period of time. Rising sea levels, extreme weather patterns, and changes in flower and plant blooming times, are all consequences of climate change. Scientists now agree that the increase in temperature seen over the past 50 to 100 years is due to human activities, such as burning fuel to power factories, agriculture, and even sending food to landfill, are changing the Earth’s atmosphere. These changes cause the atmosphere to trap more heat than it used to, leading to a warmer Earth. (Source: NASA)
Now more than ever, it’s key to think about the environmental, social and economic aspects of our actions, in an attempt to Build Back Better and work towards a post-Covid shockproof economy which can fight the climate crisis. There is strong public support for a fundamental rethink, a substantial majority want big or moderate changes in the way the economy is run, while only 6% are opposed to change (Source: The Guardian).
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council declared a climate emergency in October 2019 but are still yet to put together a ‘Carbon Action Plan’, although members of Rotherham Council agreed a target at a virtual meeting in June to reduce the council’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030, and the borough by 2040. This plan, which Rotherham Climate Action hope to be involved with, may include a number of measures including waste reduction, promoting public transport, walking and cycling, and energy efficiency improvements.

Get involved

At the moment Rotherham Climate Action is in the process of engaging others with the hope of holding an event to discuss what our priorities should be, and how to collaboratively work with other organisations and individuals. They will link up with local politicians to help steer government level decisions, whilst also providing tips to help individuals, families and homes become more eco-friendly, and also save money.
Rotherham Climate Action Chair, Helen Francis, said: “Rotherham has amazing potential with many local businesses, nature trails and a geographical advantage for growth in the economy. Collaboration and sharing is key to our success and we welcome everyone from all backgrounds to get in touch.”
Rotherham Climate Action particularly welcomes a diverse make up, the younger generation, business owners, parents, and others, who together can help Rotherham Build Back Better. For regular updates and volunteering opportunities sign up to Rotherham Climate Action’s mailing list by visiting them on social media or sending an email:

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