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Source: City of Wakefield

​Wakefield Council is asking the district’s residents, businesses, and school children to share their thoughts and feelings regarding climate change.

The Council made an ambitious and important pledge to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030 and the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) will outline how this promise will be fulfilled.

The Council is asking residents, local businesses, and secondary and primary schools for their view on climate change – to gauge levels of understanding regarding the science, perceived impacts, and the importance attributed to climate change related issues by individuals and businesses. This will then help to prioritise the work and to effectively communicate the CCAP goals, lessons learnt during delivery, and the successes in achieving carbon reductions for both the organisation and the district as a whole.

There will be some prizes available for filling out the survey, with every participant who’s willing to share their details entering a draw to win one of three ‘goodie bags’ worth around £300 of low carbon household products and appliances for the residents’ survey specifically. There will also be several free energy audits available for businesses which fall under the definition of a small to medium sized enterprise (SME) – subject to a separate prize draw – to help them to become more energy efficient.

​Cllr Jack Hemingway, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: “We all need to work together collectively to combat climate change. That is why it is so important to us to find out what matters to our residents and businesses and how we can support them to shape our future plans. It is also crucial that we involve the next generation, who will be the ones most affected by climate change.

“We hope our ambitious plans will not only be used to reduce our emissions as a Council but will also help to inform how we can all make changes to our everyday lives to reduce our impact on the climate.”

The surveys can be completed in under 10 minutes. The primary school survey will require at least an hour’s learning for which a learning pack will be sent to each school including videos and information to support key messages.

There will be another prize draw competition for participating secondary schools to win the equipment and saplings to enable the planting of a hedgerow on school grounds, which will improve the visual amenity of the surrounding community, help improve air quality, offset carbon, aid educational work, and provide biodiversity benefits as well. This package will be worth over £1,000. Primary schools will be able to take part in a poster competition on ‘how to reduce the effects of climate change’. Three winners’ artwork will form part of the CCAP communications campaign. They will also win nature friendly bundles for their schools including bug hotels, bat boxes, trees and plants, and veg/wildflower planters. The 1st prize nature pack will be worth up to £1,000.

All of the prizes chosen to encourage responses to this public consultation exercise have been carefully selected to help the Council achieve its objectives to reduce carbon emissions across the district and to support a nature recovery to address the ecological crisis.

The resident and business surveys will be open from now until the 31 December 2020, and the school surveys will be released in the coming weeks. For more information and to get involved, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/climate

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