Lib Dems and their Independent colleagues on Cornwall Council have opened up match funding for community climate change initiatives and are working with Crowdfunder Cornwall to provide three workshops for community groups on how to raise further funding.
In January 2019, Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency. Cornwall Council’s action plan on climate change includes:
- The Forest for Cornwall which will eventually cover 8,000 hectares and capture up to 38,000 tonnes of carbon each year.
- Retrofitting of Cornwall Housing homes to make them more energy efficient.
- Investing in a 3mw wind turbine and 2 deep geothermal projects.
- Significantly increasing the number of electric vehicle charging points across Cornwall.
The funding available is from the Carbon Neutral Cornwall Fund, the Town and Parish Council and Community Fund, and the Forest for Cornwall Community Fund. Projects could include planting trees or wildflowers, developing community climate change action plans, or promoting behavioural change around sustainability.
Edwina Hannaford, Liberal Democrat portfolio holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods said:
“I am delighted that these additional funding pots to tackle climate change locally are now available. We are facing a new emergency in Covid-19, but the climate emergency is already with us. It may have a slower lead in time but nonetheless, it is an emergency which we have to respond to with the same level of urgency and fortitude. As with COVID, I believe that climate change will affect all parts of our society, but will affect those least able to respond not just locally but globally.
“Cornish communities are best placed to understand their own needs and how to respond to climate change.”
Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s portfolio holder for environment and public protection, said:
“The new match funding for climate change mitigation will build on the work of Forest for Cornwall and Carbon Neutral Cornwall. By working together at a local level, we can help to address the climate change emergency”.