Global warming is an issue that faces us all and if allowed to continue unabated, will cause irreversible damage to our planet.
Reducing the carbon footprint is something we can all take part in; in fact it is something we should all treat as a priority because once the damage is done there’s no going back.
As a community leader I feel a certain level of responsibility in this regard and so am keen to investigate ways in which we, as a responsible local authority, can get involved and do our bit.
That’s why, along with our AGMA colleagues, we are committing to the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy. This will mean all the 10 authorities agreeing to reduce county-wide carbon emissions by 48% by 2020.
That roughly equates to six million tonnes or the same as removing 1.3 million vehicles off the road or planting six million trees.
The Strategy will have a number of implementation plans. These will give us, here in Tameside, far more detail on the specific implications for us, for example district targets and actions.
The plan sets out four headline objectives:
A rapid transition to a low carbon economy
A reduction in CO2 emissions
Better preparedness for a changing climate
Carbon literacy embedded into our culture.
And it is this last point which I feel the council can promote to help the wider community understand the importance of what we are trying to achieve. That’s why I am urging the Tameside public to engage in future initiatives we will launch over the coming months to help join the fight to combat global warming