An independent group of local people will begin a three-month inquiry into how to address the issues of climate change in Warwick District.
Last month a random selection of 5000 residents received letters asking them to take part in the pioneering project. More than 500 responses were received from which a panel of thirty has been chosen reflecting the district’s population in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, geography and attitude to climate change.
Starting on 12 November the group will participate in a series of ten sessions led by independent facilitators, Shared Future. They will look at topics ranging from the science behind climate change and practical options for how we can make a difference locally, to home energy and the impact of industry, business and transport. Early next year the Inquiry will make its recommendation and this will be used by the Council and other organisations, to develop an action plan to achieve the ambition for the District to be carbon neutral by 2030.
To ensure the process is fair and balanced, the inquiry is being planned and overseen by a group from organisations across the District including business representatives, community groups, Town and Parish Councils, academics and other agencies.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Councillor Alan Rhead said;
“I am delighted that the Inquiry is now getting underway. This is a vitally important process for everyone living in our district, especially as it will allow ordinary people to look at climate change issues in depth, share ideas and develop recommendations in their own words. I hope the Inquiry will provide us all with a rich and new perspective. I am committed to ensuring the recommendations influence the Council’s plans for the future and am very much looking forward to hearing what they have to say.”