The Nottingham Declaration
This area is for discussion relating to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change.
This declaration, signed by over 100 local authorities in the UK, pledges the signatories to actively tackle climate change in their local area and work with others to reduce emissions country-wide.
A copy of the declaration is available here as a PDF download, so you can see exactly what it says.
Renew-Reuse-Recycle is in the process of inviting representatives from all the signatories to take part in this area with a view to sharing best practice (what's worked, what hasn't).
Check if your local authority has signed up yet.
Feel free to register an account and comment here even if you're not a signatory - this is an open debate.
If you are from a signatory, remember to complete your profile once you've registered so people can see where you're from.
When it comes to climate change, little things that anyone in Medway can do could make a difference to the big picture. If this sounds unlikely or even impossible, try a visit to Medway Council's website dedicated to tackling climate change locally in Medway.
The website - www.medwayourplanet.net - is interactive, packed with lots of information about climate change, has loads of tips on how we can all play a part and it's easy to use. Medway: Our Planet is a campaign that needs everyone - residents and organisations - to take part to truly succeed.
The Centre for Sustainable Energy, in association with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the Department for Communities and Local Government, is running a series of Planning and Wind Power workshops aimed at Councillors and Planning Officers.
The East Midlands drew particular praise from Ministers today (14th June 2007) for being the first English region in which all local councils have signed a voluntary pledge to tackle climate change - a year ahead of schedule.
Turning off some street and traffic lights at non-peak times is one of a raft of ideas being investigated by Lincolnshire County Council as it works to reduce its impact on the environment. Reports Spalding Today.
An interseting story from CBC canada that reports that "The Ville-Marie borough has launched a pilot project starring BigBelly, a "green" garbage can that uses cordless compaction technology.
The sun-powered trash cans compact garbage using solar energy, and can hold up to five times the volume of regular garbage cans."
Monday, May 21, Leader of the Council, Cllr Keith Ross, and Chief Executive, Tim Howes, officially signed the Nottingham Declaration following its approval at full council last week.
Minister of State, Ben Bradshaw MP witnessed the region signing up to the South West Declaration on Climate Change and welcomed the Regional Assembly's work on renewable energy and low carbon development.
A challenging new eco-project is being undertaken by St Albans City and District Council to reduce the energy used by older homes. It will focus on homes that are hard to insulate as they do not have cavity walls.
As part of the Councilís commitment to improving energy efficiency, a new scheme to
help Taunton Deane households to install solar power systems is now available in
partnership with British Gas. Taunton Deane homeowners will be eligible for a rebate on
their council tax bill of up to £500 if they install solar panels on their property. The pilot
scheme is the first in the country and if successful, British Gas has plans to roll-out the
solar scheme nationally.
A new trade waste recycling service has been launched by the Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council to help businesses do their bit for the environment.
This is the starting thread for the debate - let everyone know what measures your authority adopted and whether they worked or not.
Was there opposition, and if so from which stakeholders?
How were any fears allayed?
What obvious benefits have your constituents seen as a result of any measures adopted?
Originally drafted in 2000, and then revised in 2005, the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change is a bold commitment made by local authority signatories to do something about reducing their carbon footprints.
A copy of the declaration is available as a PDF file download attached to this article.