There’s growing realisation that we’re facing an era of environmental breakdown, headlined by the ‘climate emergency’.
Last autumn, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that global greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced dramatically by 2030 in order to keep warming below 1.5 °C. Above that impacts become increasingly dangerous and unmanageable.
This warning came shortly after summer heatwaves broke temperature records. Scientists then warned of the risks of runaway climate breakdown, including ‘Hothouse Earth’ with “serious disruptions to ecosystems, society, and economies”.
Although there is uncertainty about the processes for environmental breakdown, it does look like we’re facing a closing window of opportunity to avoid potentially catastrophic outcomes.
Against this backdrop, Transition Stroud has welcomed Stroud District Council’s pledge to “do everything within the Council’s power to make Stroud District Carbon Neutral by 2030“. This includes a commitment to set out a Plan of Action for reaching carbon neutrality across the district by 2030, and for adaptation to try to deal with the impacts.
Like the Council, we believe that the 2030 target will only be achieved by working in partnership across community, public and business spheres. To help set this in motion, we have submitted a proposal to the District Council for a ‘stakeholder mobilisation’ workshop and are in discussion with councillors about partnership arrangements.
We also believe that people need to mobilise in their local communities and are heartened to see new action groups in Horsley and Randwick. We have produced a briefing on resources and good practice to help those starting or developing a group in their local community. Over the coming weeks, we will be discussing what more we can do to help set up and support new groups.
We have other resources in preparation, including a video on daily steps that can be taken to reduce carbon emissions, and a pilot study on how young families can build carbon reduction into their daily routines.
We are also offering a carbon footprint calculation service. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. And there is an opportunity to find out more at our ‘Climate Emergency – short films screening’ on February 24th.
Finally, we’re looking at how to most effectively network and share information with all the different groups working on the ‘climate emergency’. As part of this we’re surveying supporters to find out what other groups they’re involved with. Please take part!