Cornwall Council’s Climate Emergency plans

Further news is gradually emerging around the plans to make Cornwall carbon neutral by 2030, in response to the climate change emergency.

The plan provides a roadmap for carbon neutrality a full twenty years ahead of the Government’s target of 2050 and includes a number of proposals including:

  • A Forest for Cornwall – planting 32 square miles or about two per cent of Cornwall’s land mass with trees to absorb carbon
  • Powering all new homes with alternative energy
  • Making energy efficiency improvements to existing Council owned housing

You can download the full plan from the Cornwall Council website where you can also see the results of the survey of residents that was carried out in July.

One thing the Council will need to work on is its won paper usage.  The BBC has run a story that the Council prints 21 million pages per year, including 170-page agenda plus associated documents for its most recent Council meeting. The Council has sdaid that this is an area that they are aware of, and have reduced from last year’s total, although they know there is significant room for improvement.


Pledge to plant 1 million trees – the Big Climate Fightback

The Woodland Trust is calling on one million people to pledge to plant a tree to help us fight the climate emergency. 

This year, on 30 November they will hold a mass participation tree planting day with events across the country, and are calling on everyone to join them.

If you are unable to plant a tree as part of The Big Climate Fightback, you can still play your part. Simply pledge and make a donation to the Woodland Trust and they will plant a tree for you.

You can pledge via their website, and find a tree-planting event near you too.

The Guardian has an article explaining what you can do if you have land you can plant on, and how you can approach other landowners and councils with regard to planting on their land.