Residents urged to pledge to help make Warwickshire greener - The Leamington Observer

Residents urged to pledge to help make Warwickshire greener

ECO-MINDED residents are being encouraged to make a pledge to help make a greener, more sustainable, Warwickshire.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is calling on all residents to show their support for a new campaign that aims to raise awareness of the impact that individuals have on the planet’s changing climate.

Residents are encouraged to pledge to do one thing to reduce their own carbon footprint – the amount of CO2 they are responsible for as individuals – over the coming weeks, months and years.

Residents are encouraged to think of their own pledges that will help to make a difference. Some possible examples could be pledging to use active travel (walking/cycling) for journeys under three miles, recycle more waste packaging, improving the energy efficiency of homes.

Residents are encouraged to take a picture of themselves holding their pledge and Tweet it to @Warwickshire_CC or to @Warwickshire County Council on Facebook using Hashtag #WarksClimatePledge.

Alternatively, pictures can be sent to [email protected]

These pledges will be used on the Warwickshire Climate Emergency Website, in the media and as part of climate change events in 2022.

Leading by example, some of WCC’s most senior politicians and officers have already made their pledges:

WCC chief executive Monica Fogerty – “I pledge to eat less meat”

WC Leader Coun Izzi Seccombe – “I pledge to repair and rewear my clothes, rather than buying new.”

WCC environment, climate and culture spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms – “I pledge to make every effort to reduce the amount of waste that I am responsible for.”

WCC strategic director for resources – “I pledge to use active travel and public transport to get to work whenever I can.”

WCC strategic director for communities – “I pledge to walk to work once a week.”

Warwickshire’s chief fire officer Ben Brook – “I pledge to respond to incidents in a way that reduces impact on the environment.”

Min, The Lady Willoughby de Broke– High Sheriff of Warwickshire – “I pledge to choose active travel for journeys under five miles.”

Coun Timms said: “Climate Change is such a huge issue that it is very easy to assume that you, as an individual, can only have limited impact upon it. What possible difference could I make to a problem that is affecting the whole planet?

“The answer is we can all make a big difference by making some relatively simple changes to the way that we live our lives, from ditching the car for short journeys to shopping and eating in much more sustainable ways.

“We are all in this together, so together we must act as we strive for a Warwickshire that is sustainable now and for future generations. I look forward to reading the pledges from our residents.”

Visit for more information about how Warwickshire is facing the challenges of the climate change emergency.


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