Environment & Climate Change

Padstow Town Council

The Council has been discussing the topic of climate change and will continue to look at this important issue.

Representatives of Padstow Town Council attended Cornwall Councils Localism Summit in November 2019, this was an interesting gathering with the afternoon dedicated to hearing about what communities are doing in relation to Climate Change. Further information on Cornwall Councils Localism Summit can be found here.

Background Information on Climate Change

Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report in October 2018 that reinforced findings that Global Warming must be keep to 1.5⁰C or there will be serious consequences within a twelve-year timeframe.

IPCC consider the likely consequences of not achieving this target are severe. They include very large scale water and food shortages, widespread flooding, heat related morbidity and large scale destruction of the natural world.

IPCC go on to say, to reduce the chance of runaway global warming and limit the effects of climate breakdown, it is imperative that, as a species, we should reduce our CO₂ (Carbon) emissions from the current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes as soon as possible.

Individuals cannot be expected to make this reduction on their own. Society needs to change its laws, infrastructure, culture etc, to make low carbon living easier and the new norm.

Cornwall Council Climate Emergency

On 22 January 2019 Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency.

On 24 July 2019 Cornwall Councils Cabinet approved the Cornwall Council Climate Change Action Plan.

For further information on Cornwall Councils climate emergency including links to their Action Plan please click here 

Cornwall Council also have a mailing list where you can sign up to receive news, information, reminders and updates from them about the climate emergency, click here to direct you to their sign-up page.

Other useful links and information

Plastic Free Coastlines – Padstow Town Council supported Plastic Free Coastlines in January 2018.  Surfers Against Sewage have a map on their website to show you which communities have signed up to plastic free, click here to be redirected.

Electric car charging points – We have a page providing more detail of electric car changing points in the area, you can find this under Local Services tab.

Find out your environmental footprint – take the survey by WWF to find out your environmental footprint by clicking here: https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/

Cornwall Councils Grow Nature Toolkit – has lots of interesting advice and information, below is a great leaflet about reducing waste, to find more visit: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/grow-nature/