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New initiative to address climate change in Haverhill gets off to a promising start




The launch of a project to address climate change in Haverhill has thrown up the prospect of potential bin ‘kidnappings’.

The May 20 online meeting, called Sustainable Haverhill, was the opening gambit in Haverhill Town Council’s goal of tackling climate change on a local level.

Saffron Owen, the town council’s climate change project officer, said: “One of the best things to come out of the meeting was the positivity of all those who joined us.

A sign at a climate change event
A sign at a climate change event

“There was a real buzz of energy (sustainable of course) but the launch event was just the first step on a long journey, which will be made easier by us walking it together.

“Please join us by signing up for one or more of the topical meetings which follow on from the launch.

“These are not webinars but in-depth explanations followed by round-table discussions.

Climate change is resulting in the Earth warming at an alarming rate
Climate change is resulting in the Earth warming at an alarming rate

“Ideally, we want people to start volunteering their services and get involved.”

If anyone is unable to join a follow-up a meeting but would still like to get involved Saffron can be contacted via email at: saffron.owen@haverhill-tc.gov.uk.

The May 20 meeting is available to view on the town council’s YouTube channel.

Speakers at the meeting raised a variety of key points and issues, including the following:

n What are the problems in Haverhill and how should we go about solving them.

n How can environmental action be made fun.

n How many trees do you think Haverhill could plant.

n Have you ever experienced frustrations with products that don’t last and are unfixable.

n Have you ever had your bin kidnapped (where bins are inspected to see what people are putting in them) and have you ever thought about what’s in your bin.

n What do you think would be the easiest way to cut down your carbon footprint.

n Have you done anything to your home to reduce energy use.

n Have you ever been on a litter pick?

The topical meetings coming up (all at 7pm) and how they can be accessed on Zoom, are:

Tonight, Thursday, May 27: Sustainable Living, With Kirsten Marshall. https://haverhill-tc.gov.uk/cxa1 Passcode: 329

Friday, May 28: Tree planting, with Richard Frost https://haverhill-tc.gov.uk/cxa1 Passcode: 329

Wednesday, June 2: Litter picking, with Amon Szocs https://haverhill-tc.gov.uk/cxa1 Passcode: 329

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