COP26: Calderdale's climate leaders set to take to the global stage
How Calderdale is tackling the climate emergency will be showcased on the international stage this week, when people leading the Council’s climate work head to COP26.
Councillor Scott Patient, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Resilience, along with Sam Saxby and Emily Farman from the Council’s Environmental Projects team, are taking part in the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow on November 10 and 11. .
They will be travelling to, from and around COP26 in sustainable ways, including by train, walking and cycling, and will be eating planet-friendly, vegan meals.
Coun Patient is attending the networking reception for Metro Mayors organised by the Mayor of Glasgow and the launch of the UK100 Leadership in Local Places report, the UK100 COP26 Networking Lounge and the Mayor’s Alliance for a Green New Deal.
“We are living with the impacts of climate change and the threat of flooding on an ongoing basis in Calderdale, and have been for some time. Attending COP26 is a valuable opportunity to showcase the amazing work being done across our communities, but also to lobby for the extra support we need," said Coun Patient.
“The invitations to the Mayoral events show recognition for Calderdale’s leadership on climate, and put us in a position to network with and influence senior UK decision-makers.
“We look forward to being inspired by international climate expertise, empowered by the climate action and activism we will be surrounded by, and to use our voices to talk about what the climate emergency means to people in Calderdale. We will be bringing what we learn in Glasgow back to Calderdale to take our climate action to the next level.”
Topics being discussed will include transport, heat, buildings, energy, finance and zero carbon.
This comes after Will Solomon from Calderdale Youth Council spoke as part of the official COP26 programme along with the Regional Youth Climate Assembly.
Representing young people from Calderdale and the wider region, they were the youngest people speaking independently at the conference in Glasgow.
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