From West Berkshire Council:

West Berkshire’s Climate Conference attracts over 300 attendees!

Over 300 people gathered at a Climate Conference organised by West Berkshire Council on Monday 28 October.

The event follows the council’s declaration of a climate emergency in July 2019.

It’s one of the first initiatives to come from a new Environment Board established by the Council which will create a new Environment Strategy and coordinate and oversee environmental projects to help work towards carbon neutrality in West Berkshire by 2030. It also supports the Council’s priority to maintain a green district as set out in the new West Berkshire Council Strategy 2019-23.

Opened by Richard Benyon MP for Newbury, former Parliamentary Secretary at the Department of Environment and Wildlife Minister (DEFRA) it looked at how residents, communities, organisations and the council can help tackle the climate crisis and work towards carbon neutrality by 2030.

The Keynote speaker Tom Heap, Rural Affairs Correspondent of BBC News and contributor to the BBC One programme Countryfile, the Panorama programme, and the BBC Radio 4 programme Costing the Earth spoke specifically around the challenges facing West Berkshire.

There were also break-out sessions covering the Science of Climate Change, Climate and Land use, Sustainable Transport, Renewable Energy, Green District, Circular Economy and Waste and a chance to shop with some of West Berkshire’s eco-friendly businesses.

Speaking about the conference, Lynne Doherty, Leader of West Berkshire Council said: “We were delighted to see so many people at the Conference. It was an exciting day which brought together not only academics, industry figures and local organisations but over 300 people who were serious  about finding out how we can all work together to tackle the climate crisis here in West Berkshire.

“Climate change is an important issue that affects us all and the Conference clearly showed how very passionate and committed the people of West Berkshire are to making the changes needed to future proof our planet.  It was a great opportunity to speak directly to local people and hear their views, ideas and experiences as we look at shared solutions we can adopt in the district.”

“All delegates will be asked to feedback on their thoughts and preferred actions. Residents will then have the opportunity to take part in a public consultation on the Draft Environment Strategy.”