A new programme to empower rural communities and give them a voice for local climate action is underway across South Warwickshire. The South Warwickshire Climate Engagement programme sees Stratford and Warwick District Councils engage with the public to support and influence local decision making on climate change.
The programme will deliver rural public participation aimed at:
A steering group has been formed made up of District Councillors, officers, Parish & Town clerks, the Warwickshire Association of Local Councils (WALC) and members of the community involved in local climate action. This is supported by The Involve Foundation who deliver the Local Climate Engagement Programme which has enabled the initiation of this project and related training.
Parish Councils are currently working with the programme to map out current climate action and resources in their local community so future public participation can build on the unique and various qualities of our rural communities
Councillor Alan Rhead, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change at Warwick District Council, said: “Rural communities are proud of, and want to protect, the natural landscape and environment. Parish and Town Councils are well placed to build on rural support for climate action by connecting national policy with local concerns and help residents to understand what they can do to make a difference.”
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