A year of climate change action: International Day of the Co-operatives

On Saturday, the International Day of the Co-operatives will celebrate co-operatives for Climate Action.

Nearly a year ago, Telford & Wrekin Council declared a climate emergency, acknowledging the seriousness of the issues around climate change both locally, nationally and globally and committing to tackle them locally.

To celebrate #Coops4ClimateAction and to reflect on the past year, Cllr Carolyn Healy, the council’s cabinet member for Climate Change, hosted a live Q&A on Facebook on Thursday 2 July to answer residents’ questions about the subject.

To continue the celebration and to look forward, we have created a video – with some help from local school children and members of the Plastic Free Task Force and Telford and Wrekin Borough Climate Change Partnership – to share our aspirations for the next ten years. 

The Council has been celebrating Cooperatives Fortnight for the past two weeks. Cooperative working is vital for fighting climate change.

The Council has already set up a Plastic Free Task Force to try to reduce the use of single use plastic in the borough.

The inaugural meeting of the Borough Climate Change Partnership was held in June.

We have more than halved the CO2 emissions from streetlighting through our LED upgrade programme (in 2018/19 the amount of CO2 from streetlighting was 66% lower than 2016/17).

In September 2019, the Council switched to a green electricity tariff, saving 1,252 C02 emissions annually.

Our Sustainable Buildings Initiative is helping to deliver CO2 reductions across the Council facilities. LED lighting schemes across corporate buildings (Darby House, Wellington Civic Centre, Telford Ice Rink and Telford Tennis Centre), as well as solar PV at Telford Ice Rink have delivered energy savings of 439,072kWh – this is also helping to the Council nearly £60K annually. 

Cllr Carolyn Healy, cabinet member for Climate Change, said:

“Climate change affects everyone and we must continue to take action to change this.

“We are excited to be working cooperatively with our partners in the borough to find ways to work together to tackle climate change right here.

“This year’s theme for International Day of Co-operatives highlights the importance of taking action against climate change and to encourage others to also make a difference – no matter how small.”

Last month the Council launched its latest volunteer role: Climate Change Champions. 

The Climate Change Champions will promote climate change and sustainability to their local communities.  

They will share information, take part in events, lead by example, and encourage people in their communities, schools and groups to give their views and get involved. 

Champions will already be passionate about the subject and will want to learn more about current global issues, as well as how they affect the borough on a local level.

This role is suitable for all ages, and would be ideal for families to do together, we just ask that under 18s have parental consent before signing up as a volunteer.

Find out more and apply.