Welcome to Climate and Nature News! As part of the relaunch of South News, we wanted to provide a special new, regular section to keep you up to speed on how we’re tackling the climate emergency and highlight some of the great work being carried out in our communities.
Many of you will be aware by now that after declaring a climate emergency in 2019, we set ourselves a target to become a carbon neutral council by 2025, and for South Oxfordshire to become a carbon neutral district by 2030. This was one of the first recommendations of our Climate and Ecological Emergencies Advisory Committee
, which advises our Cabinet on the climate and ecological crises. What have we done so far?
There’s lots for you to catch up on, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happened so far:
- We made Protecting and Restoring the Natural World, and Action on Climate Emergency two of the key priorities in Corporate Plan 2020-24.
- We declared an ecological emergency to highlight our commitment towards biodiversity and nature recovery and formed an internal Biodiversity Working Group to develop a biodiversity strategy. We are also part of countywide plans to form a Local Nature Partnership.
- We appointed Cllrs Ian Snowdon and Peter Dragonetti as our Tree Champions, and we are developing a Tree Policy.
- We supported a grant scheme for 150 households in fuel poverty in Oxfordshire to improve the efficiency of their homes.
We have lots of exciting projects to announce very soon – including news of “Park and Charge” coming to South Oxfordshire for anybody interested in owning an Electric Vehicle, and for anyone who already does!Funding
Have you got ideas for a project to help cut carbon? If so, make sure you check out the funding you can apply for:
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- The Urban Tree Challenge Fund aims to increase tree numbers in urban areas through small-scale planting projects.
- Trust for Oxfordshire (TOE) has the Local Environment Fund for projects that support biodiversity, public access and climate priorities, and the Biodiversity Net Gain Project for schemes that involve the creation, restoration and enhancement of habitats.
- Greater South East Energy Hub’s Rural Community Energy Fund supports rural communities to develop renewable energy projects that benefit the community.
We want to hear about your climate action and nature protection work - we’re going to feature local stories in this newsletter, so here’s your chance to showcase your efforts! To share your stories, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about our climate action work please visit our Action on Climate and Nature section