Derbyshire Dales climate survey finds public support for action to tackle district's carbon footprint

The results from a recent survey of Derbyshire Dales residents have revealed significant demand for council action in response to the climate crisis.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 5:28 pm

The volunteer group behind the Derbyshire Dales Climate Hub launched the ‘vision for the future’ survey to gauge opinion on a range of measures to mitigate the impact of climate breakdown and put the district on a sustainable footing.

Survey respondents thought district and county councils could lead by example, and employ a mix of support schemes, encouragement and regulation to help the community reduce its carbon footprint.

Sheila Evans, who designed the survey, said: “Residents showed a steadfast and deep concern for the complex issues around climate and biodiversity.

How best should the Derbyshire Dales meet its climate obligations?

“The results provide a clear mandate to formulate and act on ambitious plans to enable the Dales to achieve its fair quota of carbon reduction measures.”

She added: “The United Nations Paris Agreement sets out a global framework to avoid dangerous climate change and biodiversity loss by keeping increase in average global warming by 2050 to well below two degrees Celsius.

“The Tyndall Centre recommends Derbyshire Dales reduces carbon emissions from 2019 annual levels of 0.57 million tonnes to net-zero by 2050. This translates to a reduction of 14 per cent each year.”

Ideas which received particularly strong support included improvements to the district’s stone-built homes and an emphasis on energy efficiency in any new-build housing.

People also want to see initiatives to aid biodiversity recovery, reinforce natural flood management and support farmers.

Other responses showed a belief in boosting green transport and reducing private car use to enable big environmental and social gains.

The district council has recently appointed a dedicated officer to work on climate initiatives who will be engaging with the hub and its work.

The volunteers would like to hear from anyone interested in working together for solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis via [email protected]

The full survey report is available at https://bit.ly/3ekcr5T.

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