Our Climate Commitment
Tackling climate change at a local level
Our objective is to be Carbon Neutral by 2030 or sooner.
We understand that a local change can make a global difference. We are paying attention to global warming, wildlife extinction and pollution. Weston Town Council recognises the climate emergency as the defining issue of our times.
Also, we will investigate and challenge inaction by those in power. We will inform our community about threats to the environment based on scientific facts, not driven by commercial or political interests.
We will find the best methods by consulting experts on how we can do our part in these crises and we will educate our community.
We plan to plant at least 10,000 trees by 2023, has adopted the Tree Charter and is creating bee-friendly areas in all neighbourhoods. We are also researching ways to raise funds for making our buildings and vehicles as green as possible.
Town Council is committed to reducing the Town Council’s net carbon emissions to zero by 2030 and the Town Council have agreed:
- To review and update the Council’s 2005 Environment Policy
- To undertake ‘rewilding’ where appropriate on its land to support biodiversity
- To commission a professional Carbon Audit of all the Town Council’s services and activities
- To also commission a step by step ‘Road Map’ of how the council will move to net-zero by 2030
- To organise a public meeting led by Chris Sperring, naturalist and broadcaster
These are the first steps and we plan to do much more.
The idea of being carbon neutral is scary for many people as it involves significate change. However, a carbon-neutral town has benefits for everybody and we hope you can join us in our ambition.
Climate Commitment Events
Community litter pickMay 30 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
FREE TALK – Encouraging behaviour change in the un-convertedJune 3 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Community litter pickJune 27 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
FREE TALK – WeSEEtrees with Emily BurnellJuly 1 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Community litter pickJuly 25 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fridge of Free Stuff
Thanks to the Sovereign centre the community fridge had an official opening by the Mayor on the 18th January.
The aim of the ‘fridge of free stuff’ is to share surplus food within a community to reduce food waste going to landfills.
This project is possible through the collaborative efforts of WsM Helping People, For All Healthy Living Centre, The Sovereign Centre, and North Somerset Council who are working with Weston-super-Mare Town Council’s Community Resilience team to bring this project to fruition. There is also a list of food suppliers keen to support including FareShare and other local retailers that have surplus supplies of foods that would otherwise be thrown away. By making this food available to everyone we play our part to stop this waste.
Please visit the website www.fridgeoffreestuff.co.uk
Weston Tree & Plant Group
The aim of Weston Tree Group is to bring together as many organisations, groups and individuals who are involved or would like to be involved in planting projects throughout the town. The idea is to collaborate in improving canopy cover, connectivity between sites and biodiversity gain across Weston and beyond.
If you would like to join the Weston Tree and Plant Group please join the mailing list to find out about meetings and events
Hub Zero Event Space
The Fridge of Free Stuff moved to a bigger space in the Sovereign Centre in April 2023. The extra room is being used for ‘Hub Zero’ a space to hold climate and sustainability-themed events. Including opening the space to be used by climate change groups in Weston-super-Mare.
As part of Weston Town Councils climate emergency commitments, bi-weekly educational talks and workshops will be programmed on a Saturday morning at 10.00am.
In addition to the talks the space is open for community meetings and workshops based around climate change, low-carbon diets and sustainability in an effort to empower the community to develop local solutions to making the transition to net zero and a climate-resilient way of living.
If you would like to use the space please email email@example.com
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