Environmentalists encouraged to join new group tackling climate change

THOSE passionate about the environment are invited to contribute to a new working group focussed on how Lyme Regis can help mitigate climate change.

The One Planet Working Group is being set up by environmentalist Simon West, who recently called for Lyme Regis Town Council to follow the lead of several local authorities around the country and declare a climate emergency.

Working with other environmentally-minded organisations in and around the town, the aim of the new group will be to encourage a reduction of human consumption of everything to a sustainable level, so that it can be provided by one planet.

Mr West commented: “Many councils around the UK and internationally have declared that the world is in a state of climate emergency; Dorset Council and Bridport Town Council have done so in the past month.

“I’m a passionate environmentalist and I’ve been actively urging Lyme Regis Town Council to do the same. My efforts have been met with grateful offers of assistance from a few of their newly appointed town councillors and other members of the community.

“Informally, a small group of us have spent some time working out exactly what that would mean to Lyme citizens and businesses and we’ve tried to determine what the council would have to do the other side of making such a declaration.

“Our thoughts have initially centred around the useful framework for change outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals, created by the United Nations.”

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and include goals on the following themes: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and wellbeing; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible production and consumption; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace justice and strong institutions; partnerships for the goals.

More details on the Sustainable Development Goals can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G0ndS3uRdo or www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

Making Lyme Regis more resilient

Mr West added: “You’ll probably realise there are several initiatives happening in Lyme Regis right now that meet a handful of these goals. Off the top of my head, no poverty and zero hunger are certainly being addressed by our food bank and community cafe – I suspect there are many more.

“We feel that the best way to evoke positive long-term change to make Lyme Regis more resilient and able to mitigate any forthcoming climate chaos, is to create a steering group of like-minded individuals who may already be members existing groups in Lyme Regis, but that’s not a pre-requisite.

“We need to formalise and come together to do outreach in the wider community and get them involved with a variety of co-ordinated actions.

“We need to knit together and harness all the energy of other environmentally-flavoured groups, both in and around Lyme Regis.

“Our group will take its name from a number of other similar groups which have been set up around the country – the Lyme Regis One Planet Working Group. One of our primary aims is to encourage a reduction of the human consumption of everything to a sustainable level, so that it can be provided by one planet, or less.

“There has never been a more important time to bring our communities together through positive people who can help deliver the solutions we all need to learn more about.

“There is no silver bullet to solving our climate crisis but I believe that together we can do a huge amount to shore up our defences against extreme weather events, against sea level rise and more besides.

“If any of the following words resonate with you, please consider joining – we need you: environmentalist, permaculture, growing organically, sustainable living, going plastic-free, ethical businesses, sustainable living, protecting waterways, resilience, seasonal cooking, green building, eco-tourism, electric vehicles, simple green living.”

Those interested in signing up to the group and receiving updates should fill out a registration form at https://forms.gle/rwrVwaqomkzwBVqv5 or email Simon on simon@swandev.co.uk for details.

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