SWM News June 2019 - Have we reached a tipping point?
far, 2019 has shown signs that climate change is
increasingly recognised as a critical issue. The UK Government
has announced its intention to achieve net zero carbon emissions by
2050 and last week proposed to host the COP26 UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change in 2020, with Birmingham being one of
the host cities under consideration.
date, 94 local authorities have declared a climate emergency and the
West Midlands Combined Authority has been working with the Tyndall
Centre for Climate Change Research on science-based targets and
will support local authorities in their patch to develop their
own. This will be discussed at the WMCA Board
Meeting on Friday and the Mayor has invited representatives
from the Youth Strike for Climate movement to attend.
high level political commitment is a great start but it is
essential that appropriate climate action is designed and
effectively delivered. Arup has produced an excellent guide: 'You've declared a Climate Emergency...What
next?‘ which walks local authorities through the steps
to effective action.
one area which jumped out most to us was collaboration
and the need to engage and partner with a wide range of
organisations. This is what SWM is about and the very reason we
Tuesday we held our first members only event: our Summer Social. Our membership is growing at an
increasing rate with a 30% increase in 2018-19. Our communications
and networks also go from
strength to strength and allow us to reach thousands of individuals
each month. We believe that this puts us in a strong position to
work together across sectors and geographical boundaries, to
achieve the best results for sustainability.
case studies demonstrate the
way that we are working with all types of organisations to develop
their response to climate change. Contact us to find out how we
can help you and how you can get involved.
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Bright, Chief Executive, on behalf of the SWM team