Please be aware that if you want to submit a questionnaire you must include your name, address and full post code. This is so that we know you live in North Tawton and are therefore eligible for this survey, and also so that we can make sure no-one is submitting a duplicate form. This information will be checked by the Clerk or Assistant Clerk, and will then be redacted before the questionnaire is seen by anyone else. Your personal data will be secure and will not be shared with anyone else or used for any purpose other than for the climate questionnaire. So far no-one has said anything controversial – we really want to include everyone’s considered point of view, so please include all of the required information when you submit your form – thank you for your cooperation Sarah Say, Clerk to NTTC.
What is the climate emergency?
The climate is the long-term pattern of day-to-day weather. In the last 100 years, the Earth’s average temperature has increased much faster than has been seen previously and is now higher than it has been for thousands of years – this is known as global warming.
Burning fuels such as petrol, diesel, gas and coal produces carbon dioxide (CO2). This is a ‘greenhouse gas’ which traps heat in the atmosphere, causing the air and sea to heat up – changing the climate. Already CO2 levels have increased to levels much higher than they have been for nearly a million years.
A United Nations (UN) report on the impacts of global warming was released in 2018, warning that we may have only 12 years to limit a climate crisis. An increase in global warming would greatly increase risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and climate related poverty for millions of people. If we can reduce emissions to zero by 2050 there is a good chance, we could avoid the worst impacts.
In December 2019 North Tawton Town Council declared a Climate Emergency in response to growing evidence of climate change and the problems this causes. The Council agreed to look for ways to help our community reduce direct and indirect CO 2 emissions, and to find ways for our town to become more resilient to issues caused by climate change.
The Council has approved increasing areas of wildflowers around the town, on a trial basis to start with. We have approved a 3 for 1 replacement policy for any of our trees that need to be removed, and we will be measuring the ‘carbon footprint’ of council operations. We want to get your input to help develop ideas and plans for more projects.
North Tawton Climate group was formed by members of our community, meeting regularly for the past 6 months to discuss topics which could help reduce some of the effects of climate change. In normal circumstance the group invites a speaker to each meeting, to help keep educated and motivated. They are looking particularly at tree planting, the revitalisation of North Tawton, and transport, energy and outreach – both the group and the Council want to work together for the benefit of all of our residents.
North Tawton Town Council and North Tawton Climate Group have jointly produced this questionnaire to consult with you about your views on climate change.
Together we want to hold a public event as soon as this is possible, and the questionnaire is a starting point for this – we want to use your responses to help plan and support community projects.