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Haverhill Town Council steps up its commitment to tackling climate change




How can the community work together to tackle climate change? That is the big question being posed by Haverhill Town Council, ahead of a special meeting this week.

On Thursday, May 20, at 7pm, the town council will hold an online meeting, ‘Sustainable Haverhill’ – one that will herald its commitment to tackling climate change – at a local level.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Zoom meeting but places need to be booked in advance, and this can be done here.

A sign used at a climate change event held in Eye, Suffolk
A sign used at a climate change event held in Eye, Suffolk

The event will feature a keynote address by Chris Hines MBE.

The founder of environmental campaign group Surfers Against Sewage, Chris is also a former sustainability director at the Eden Project.

It will also include smaller group discussions on the practicalities of setting up local projects on issues such as tree planting, recycling and reducing waste, litter picking, saving energy and sustainable living.

Saffron Owen, Haverhill Town Council's climate change officer.
Saffron Owen, Haverhill Town Council's climate change officer.

Saffron Owen, the town council’s climate change project officer, said “Earlier this year we asked local people’s views on a host of environmental issues and the structure and content of this meeting has been developed according to the interests and concerns expressed by the community.

“Our aspiration is for this launch event to be a catalyst for the creation of a ‘Sustainable Haverhill’, an umbrella for the town’s climate change activities.

“Each taster talk at the May event will be followed up over the next few weeks with more focused meetings on how to take action and get involved.

“It’s really important to us to hear a range of local voices and we’d particularly like to understand more about the views and opinions of those under 25.”

A placard created by a protester to raise awareness of climate change
A placard created by a protester to raise awareness of climate change

Colin Poole, Haverhill Town clerk added: “We are really excited about the launch and hope to see lots of faces there.

“We want Haverhill to be carbon neutral by 2050 and need grassroots and community action from as many people as possible to make that happen.”

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