Environmental campaigners celebrate Oxford City Council's declaration of a climate emergency in January 2019 (Photo credit: Oxford Mail).
This year's Annual Parish Meeting will be environmental in its focus.
The Parish Council joined numerous local authorities up and down the country in declaring a 'Climate Emergency' at our meeting in March. This declaration acknowledges the seriousness of the threat that climate change poses to our ecosystem as we know it and commits the council to investigating what we can do to minimise and mitigate our own impacts.
We would like to use this opportunity to hear from local residents what they would like the council to do and in particularly to hear from people who have an idea about how we can engage local people in positive action to reduce our collective impacts on the environment.
We are delighted that several young people have agreed to attend and speak at the event, including Amber Chainey who attended the recent Climate Marches in London. We would love to hear from as many young people as possible so please do get in touch if you are interested in speaking at the event.
We hope that this meeting can be used as the first step to putting together a report on what Watlington can do to play its part in averting the Climate Crisis.
Secondly, we will also be discussing local air quality issues in the run up to Watlington's 'Clean Air Month' encompassing World Environment Day (5th June), whose theme this year is 'Air Pollution', and Clean Air Day (20th June). We hope to look back on the pledges made by local people on Clean Air Day last year and build on them for 2019.
We will also be reviewing the work of the Council over the past 12 months, it's always fascinating to see how much has been achieved, with 2018 having been a particularly momentous year with the adoption of the Watlington Neighbourhood Development Plan.
We hope you can join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking, informative and inspiring evening.
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