Electrifying transport, heating and industry using renewable energy from wind, solar, tidal and nuclear sources.
Reduce demand for car use by improving public transport.
Insulating our homes (see link below).
Making industrial processes more efficient.
Switching to more sustainable diets, for example eating less meat.
Mike Amesbury MP revealed that people contact him more about environmental and animal welfare concerns than any other topic. He noted that in the last 6 years, there have been two unprecedented floods in Northwich, the biggest town in the constituency, and that we are already seeing the effects of the climate emergency locally.
Mike Amesbury talked about the Labour Party green prosperity plans and plans to create GB Energy (see links below). He also talked about local projects including the proposed solar farm and Mersey tidal (see links below).
Lucy Sumner (Labour) Frodsham Town Councillor and CWAC Councillor, talked about what could be achieved locally. For example, ideas around active transport. Frodsham Town Council have also been involved in the community orchards from the outset and continue to play an active role in managing them.
At county level, CWAC have a climate taskforce which has regular meetings that are open to the public (see links below). The three councillors were keen to emphasise that they work closely together on climate related issues, particularly as there is often cross-party consensus.
Mike Garvey talked about improving services that are already available such as the itravel on demand bus service and the need for local climate resilience action plans, for example, in the case of flooding.
All of the politicians were keen to be contacted about climate and environmental issues. Issues raised by members of the public carry more weight and can also increase the knowledge of the politicians themselves in certain areas.
Contact details for our local politicians:
Mike Amesbury MP https://www.mikeamesbury.org/contact-me
Councillor Chris Copeman https://cmttpublic.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=19725
Councillor Mike Garvey https://cmttpublic.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=19720
Councillor Lucy Sumner https://cmttpublic.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=19721
Chris Copeman talked about carbon negative wood fibre insulation board. Find out more here: https://www.backtoearth.co.uk/products/wood-fibre-insulation/
Mike Amesbury talked about the Labour Party's Green Prosperity plan and GB Energy:
Frodsham Solar https://www.frodshamsolar.co.uk/
Mersey Tidal https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/its-time-for-tidal
Protos Energy from Waste Facility https://www.protos.co.uk/destination/
itravel on demand bus service https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/transport-and-roads/public-transport/itravel-connecting-people-and-places
CWAC climate taskforce open meeting (next one January 2024) will be published here. https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/your-council/councillors-and-committees/the-climate-emergency