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Young people of Solihull, your environment needs you


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Solihull Council is encouraging young people across the borough to have their say on reducing emissions.


It’s an important year for climate change action nationally, with the 2021 United Nations climate change conference, entitled COP26, taking place in Glasgow next month.


More locally, the Council is currently reviewing what actions it can take to reduce Solihull’s carbon emissions. These proposals are laid out in the draft Net Zero Action Plan (NZAP), ‘net-zero, meaning that the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted is balanced out (or offset) by the carbon that is removed from the atmosphere.


Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing, said:


“We must hear the views of younger residents, so if you are aged 10 to 25, then please fill in Solihull’s Youth Climate Action Survey. I also encourage the parents and guardians of young people to give them the time and motivation needed to fill in the survey. 


“This way, Solihull’s young people can have their say over the future of climate change action in the borough.”


The Council is keen to gather as many views as possible, particularly those of younger residents aged 10 to 25, to ensure that they are a part of this critical conversation. Therefore, the Council has launched Solihull’s Youth Climate Action Survey, which can be accessed here


The Solihull Schools Climate Conference will be an online event timed to coincide with COP26, during which students will be able to debate the progress made towards the Paris Agreement as if they were part of the UN themselves. Students can also put their questions to councillors and local business leaders as part of a ‘Climate Question Time’.


Further information on the Council’s Action Plan for tackling the borough’s CO2 emissions can be found via this link https://netzerosolihull.co.uk/.


Written by: David Watkins

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