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Maldon District Council approves ‘Our Home Our Future’ Climate Action Strategy

Published on Tuesday, 11th January 2022

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A strategy for how and when Maldon District Council will aim to tackle climate change and engage with residents’ young and old to help bring about positive change was approved following the Council meeting on 16 December.

The strategy entitled ‘Our Home, Our Future’ sets out five Climate Action pledges that focus on action being taken to help everyone ‘Kick the Car Habit’, ‘Create Less Waste’ and ‘Show Nature We Care’. The pledges also include a commitment from the Council to ‘Be an authority that leads by example’, and to ‘Demonstrate a strong policy commitment to Climate Action’.

Leader Designate of Maldon District Council, Cllr Richard Siddall, said: "Since declaring a climate emergency back in February 2021, a great deal of work has gone into developing the strategy that will help us to focus on areas where climate action can be made between now and 2030.

“The strategy has identified a broad number of activities where the Council, residents, businesses, and delivery organisations can be encouraged to invest, change behaviours, and adopt greener ways of living. Much of this  is dependent on investment, enabling important changes, helping people to make positive, healthier choices and decisions.

“It’s vital that we improve our resilience to ensure we can be prepared for climate change that we unfortunately already experience. We have seen impacts of climate change locally, in particular  flooding. The Maldon District has a unique landscape and environment, and we need to work together to protect our beautiful countryside and coastline. This will help all  wildlife to be sustainable both now and  to enable it to thrive in the future.

“Climate Action is a broad subject that requires a huge amount of investment and innovation. This strategy enables the Council to welcome local Climate Action Friends to help us deliver local action and engagement with service providers and communities.

“We encourage everyone to get onboard and support this work and to sign up to become a Climate Action Friend, to register your interest, please email CAF@maldon.gov.uk .”

Maldon District Council’s Lead Youth Climate Action Friend, Hattie Phillips, said: “I am hopeful and optimistic that the work the Council is doing will support people like me and lots of other Climate Action Friends in the community to have conversations, so that together we can help the district’s climate and nature.”

ENDS

Notes to editor

  1. Hattie Philips is a local student studying at The Plume Academy. She is an active environmentalist, supporting WWF. She attended COP26 and recently spoke at Gridserve, the electric forecourt event in Braintree.

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  1. Maldon District Council’s Climate Action Strategy 2021-2030