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The spoken word helping to create change for our climate


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In the run-up to COP26, Solihull Council has launched its very first podcast series – which aims to help listeners understand what people in Solihull are doing in the fight against climate change and what we can all learn from them.


The podcast ‘Courts on Climate Change’ sheds light on innovative eco-initiatives taking place right across the borough, from autonomous vehicles to retrofitting grants. Councillor Courts, Leader of Solihull Council, is joined by host David Gregory-Kumar from BBC Midlands Today and a range of special guests during the series.


Councillor Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council, said: “At Solihull Council, we’re always looking for new ways to engage with our residents and recording these podcasts has brought to life some of the amazing climate action taking place across our borough. Please listen, like and subscribe to our podcast.”


Episode One: ‘Education’ focuses on Solihull Council’s work with local schools around climate change and sustainability. Guests Birgitta Varga, Eco Leader at Balsall Common Primary School, and Tony Elvin, General Manager at Touchwood, provide their unique insights.


The next episode of Courts on Climate Change will be available soon and takes a deep dive into Solihull’s ambitious net-zero aspirations.


Councillor Courts added: “What happens in Glasgow will affect us here in Solihull, and it’s the next generation who are most likely to be impacted from climate change in the future if we don’t act now. 


“In the first episode, I was inspired to learn how enthusiastic and invested Solihull children already are in protecting their planet doing their bit for the environment. It gave me real hope for the future to see how seriously the next generation is taking the climate emergency, and I think we can all take a leaf out of their passion for change.”


Written by: David Watkins

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