Communities in West Yorkshire are encouraged to express their opinions on the transformation of the region into a more environmentally friendly area.
Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, has announced the launch of her Big Climate Chat on November 16. The initiative seeks public input on views regarding climate change, necessary actions, and the support required to implement those changes.
The comprehensive survey, scheduled to continue until February 2024, is a crucial component of the Mayor’s strategy to achieve a net-zero region by 2038, with substantial progress by 2030.
To ensure inclusivity, face-to-face events are planned for Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, and Bradford next year. These events aim to facilitate participation from younger individuals, those with disabilities, and those lacking internet access.
Addressing the climate and environmental emergency was a central commitment for the Mayor upon her election. Additionally, she pledged to create 1,000 new jobs for young people in the green sector.
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is actively supporting sustainable travel and energy-saving initiatives. Efforts are underway to assist businesses in enhancing their energy efficiency as part of the larger objective to achieve net zero.
Earlier this year, the Mayor introduced a community grants scheme, allocating up to £50,000 to eco-friendly projects across West Yorkshire. The region boasts the largest rapid charging network for electric vehicles outside of London.
Various projects focusing on improving home quality through enhanced insulation and the adoption of eco-friendly energy sources, such as solar panels and heat pumps, are also in progress across the region.
With a commitment of £40 million in future investments to combat climate change and enhance the environment in West Yorkshire, the Mayor urges residents to contribute their opinions on building a greener, more vibrant region.
Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said; “At a time when the government is risking the progress made on net zero, we’re determined to stick to our climate ambitions in West Yorkshire.
“Acting on climate change now will bring huge opportunities for the future – for our regional economy, our green sector, and our transport network.
“But change must come from the ground up, starting with local solutions to a global crisis.”
To participate, visit www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/climate.