AS national leaders meet in Glasgow for the COP26 conference, councillors from Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Seaton have been offered Carbon Literacy training to help improve their understanding of the climate and ecological emergency.
The first workshop was held last Thursday, led by Lyme Regis councillor and climate activist Belinda Bawden, as part of a national pilot for the toolkit for town and parish councillors.
Next Thursday, November 11, the Carbon Literacy team will be presenting feedback from the trial as part of the COP26 Local Authority Day.
Lyme Regis is one of several local authorities to have already declared a climate and ecological emergency.
It aims to be carbon neutral by 2030 and has recently established an Environment Committee to help achieve this aim.
Professor Sir Ghillean Prance, an Amazonia and climate change expert from Lyme Regis, has expressed his support for the council’s commitment to tackling climate change.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted that Lyme Regis Town Council has taken climate change so seriously.
“As someone who is speaking about climate change in many places around the world I am pleased that I can say that my hometown is taking it seriously.
“As a biologist who has studied plants all over the world I am so aware of the effects of climate change on the natural world.
“In Lyme Regis rising sea levels will be a problem if we do not halt climate change.
“We are approaching the tipping point when we will no longer be able to reverse things so the COP26 meeting in Glasgow is vital to the future of our planet, for all humankind and for the plants and animals that I study.
“There must be action from Glasgow not just words this time. Local action will be an essential part of it and so Lyme Regis Town Council please continue to do your part.”
To mark COP26, Dorset Climate Action Network (DCAN) is issuing an important statement to the delegation this week.
The statement is aimed at world leaders who will be making crucial decisions about tackling the climate emergency calls for urgent action and says its network in Dorset is ready to back the urgent need to cut carbon emissions.
Michael Dower, of DCAN’s Advocacy Team said: “It’s a very important time for the world and for climate change. We’ve been told that this is our ‘last best chance’ to get this right by US Envoy on Climate Change, John Kerry.
“DCAN wants to put both the planet and the people of Dorset at the forefront of everything it does.”