Reducing energy use and switching to clean energy will also increase energy security, improve air quality, minimise fuel poverty, boost the local economy and provide jobs and training.
Peacehaven Town Council has declared a Climate Emergency and committed to going carbon neutral by 2030.
This will help to raise the profile of this vital issue and secure external funding. Peacehaven Town Council has also signed up to the Covenant of Mayors to track its progress and link with towns around the world who are cutting emissions.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 1.5ºc Report, published in October 2018, humanity has 12 years for “ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities” to deliver the “rapid and far-reaching transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities” needed to turn this around, so we can avoid reaching tipping points where we no longer have the ability to avoid extreme weather events.
It is vital that all communities play their part in reducing carbon emissions.
Bold climate action can deliver economic benefits in terms of new jobs, new income streams and localising wealth generation as well as improved well-being for people locally and worldwide.