High Peak Council hosts Climate Action Summit and reopens Green Grants Fund

Attendees of the event, at New Mills Town Hall, received tips and tricks on energy saving and home renovations to help with energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction and local repair cafes, and active commuting to help reduce transportation emissions.

A number of voluntary sector organizations also provided feedback on council-funded projects aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change and inspiring more people to take action in their own lives.

Councilor Jean Todd, who leads the council’s brief on climate change, the environment and community safety, said: ‘Tackling climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing us, it’ so great to see so many people at this event who all share the same goal of doing things that make a difference.

High Peak Borough Council Climate Change and Biodiversity Officer Gillian Wright, left, and Councilor Jean Todd at the event.

“No individual, organization or group can mitigate the impacts of our climate change alone, so it is up to each of us to do what we can in our daily lives. I was inspired to hear people from across the High Peak talk about what they are doing and learn from the experiences of others, and I know that those attending this event found it valuable as well.

She added: “Of course the council has a responsibility to act and we do a lot to ensure that our services and activities have a minimal effect on our environment. You can find out more about what we are doing both for ourselves and to support our communities in their efforts, on our website.

The council’s Community Climate Change Fund is currently open to new applications for small grants for projects that could reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and increase natural resilience to the effects of climate breakdown.

Previous winning bids have included work to improve household energy efficiency, support rural businesses seeking to reduce their environmental footprint, encourage local food production in gardens and allotments, and reuse resources through initiatives such as the High Peak Baby Bank.

Jason Taylor, left, of the council’s waste management partner, AES, chats with a participant about recycling

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Participants take part in a group discussion on ideas for decarbonizing the High Peak.

Carol N. Valencia