What is climate change?
The earth's climate has changed a number of times over many hundreds of thousands of years. However, due to the fossil fuels that we have burnt over the past 200 years, there has been a build-up of 'greenhouse gases', such as carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere.
This build-up is trapping heat in the atmosphere which means weather patterns are changing. We are seeing higher average temperatures and more extreme weather events such as flash floods. Globally, the ten hottest years on record have all occurred since the beginning of the 1990s and in England average temperatures have risen almost 1°C since 1914.
Tackling climate change is one of the biggest challenges faced by this generation. The first step is to make sure our community understands the challenge of climate change and what they can do about it.
Ashfield District Council recognises the importance of tackling climate change on two fronts:
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to minimise future global climate change (mitigation) and
- Planning for the unavoidable local impacts of climate change (adaptation).
To meet these challenges the Council has developed a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.
The strategy sets out the Councils plan for minimising the effects on climate change caused by delivering its services, whilst also planning for the unavoidable local impacts that Ashfield, its people and communities, will have to face in the future.
The Council is also working with other local authorities in the county through the Nottinghamshire Climate Change Partnership which is a forum to share ideas on mitigating and adapting to climate change
To find out what you can do to help tackle climate change, click here