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Climate Emergency

Wetherby Town Council unanimously declared a climate emergency at its last meeting and a new committee is being set up as part of the Town Council’s efforts to tackle environmental issues in Wetherby.

Town Councillors and members of other surrounding Parish Councils were recently invited to take part in the Big Leeds Climate Conversation, part of Leeds City Council’s climate strategy. Leeds City have a target to be carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest; something which will require local councils, organisations as well as individuals to work together to reach this target.

With this in mind a public meeting has been arranged to kick-start the process of working out how Wetherby can take action. This will take place on Tuesday 26th November at 7.15pm in Wetherby Methodist Church. All members of the public, people interested in their local environment as well as representatives of clubs and societies from in and around Wetherby are invited to attend and find out more, including what they can do to help. The aim is to develop a plan of climate action for the town.

Councillor Connor Mulhall, who was present at last week’s meeting and represented the Council at Climate Conversations, emphasised the need for effective green initiatives in Wetherby. “The climate emergency has been a big topic this year, and it is vitally important we are serious in treating this as something which needs immediate action. According to current predictions, Leeds will be using their allocated carbon budget in the next 9 years. This was a budget that was meant to last until 2050. We will all have to play our part to make Wetherby a cleaner, greener town and next Tuesday’s meeting will be a chance for the public to express their opinion and to form an action plan.”

Climate Change Emergency Meeting

Get Set Leeds!
What is Get Set Leeds?
Get Set Leeds is a chance for people to share ideas on what getting active means to them and what changes in the city might get them moving more. We want Leeds to be the most active city in the UK – because it’s good for individual health and wellbeing, good for communities and good for the city as a whole.
As part of the city’s Healthy Weight Declaration and Health & Wellbeing strategy we are committed to co-producing a physical activity ambition with the city.  We will listen to residents, community groups, organisations, partners and stakeholders and create a shared vision for the city and shape a “social movement” campaign: To get everybody moving more, we need to shift how we think and change what we do, together. 

What is happening now?
Get Set Leeds is a partnership of Active Leeds and Public Health (Leeds City Council), the Health Partnerships Team, Sport Leeds and Leeds Beckett University, working together with people and communities in the city to make Leeds more active.
Between now and the end of 2019 we will hold focus groups with a range of targeted groups and communities whose activity levels are low.  We will also work with businesses, community leaders and health professionals. Running alongside all this is an online public ‘conversation’ exploring the varied role activity plays in people’s lives and the aspects of living or working in the city that make it easy to be active or that get in the way. 

What will happen next?
We will use the findings from the conversation to define a new ‘physical activity ambition’ for Leeds. People and groups who have taken part in the conversation will be invited to work together with us on creating the ambition and on planning and delivering activities, campaigns and change within the city to make that ambition a reality.
The ambition is likely to recognise that the city is a complex ‘system’, with many different factors influencing whether people feel motivated to be active and whether they are able to act on that motivation. Understanding how these factors interact will show people how the decisions they take – large or small – can all help make Leeds more active.

Take part using this link: getsetleeds.co.uk

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