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Council urging Solihull youngsters to speak out on climate crisis

Ross Crawford 11th Oct, 2021

YOUNG people in Solihull are being urged to have their say on cutting emissions and climate change.

The call comes from the borough council as the United Nations’ climate change conference COP26, takes place in Glasgow next month.

Locally, the council is currently reviewing what actions it can take to reduce Solihull’s carbon emissions as laid out in its draft Net Zero Action Plan (NZAP).

‘Net zero’ is when the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted is balanced out (or offset) by the carbon that is removed from the atmosphere.

The authority is keen to gather as many views as possible, particularly those of younger residents aged 10 to 25, to ensure they are a part of the conversation.

To access its Solihull’s Youth Climate Action Survey, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/solihullclimate

“Climate change is one of the most defining issues of our era, and it is our young people who will face its consequences in the years to come,” said Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, whose portfolio covers climate change.

“Solihull Council recognises the scale of the climate emergency and has set the aspiration of reducing the borough’s CO2 emissions to net zero by 2041.

“It is crucial that we hear the views of younger residents, so if you are aged 10 to 25, then please fill in Solihull’s Youth Climate Action Survey.

“I also encourage the parents and guardians of young people to give them the time and motivation needed to fill in the survey.

“This way, Solihull’s young people can have their say over the future of climate change action in the borough.”

he survey will be presented at the Solihull Schools Climate Conference on November 11, an online event timed to coincide with COP26, during which students will be able to debate the progress made towards the Paris Agreement as if they were part of the UN themselves. Students can also put forward their questions to councillors and local business leaders as part of a ‘Climate Question Time’.

Further more information on the council’s plans for tackling CO2 emissions visit: https://netzerosolihull.co.uk/.

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