We must act now - call for action on climate change in Thornbury
PEOPLE in Thornbury are being urged to join the fight to tackle climate change.
The town was one of thousands around the world where protests were staged as part of the first Global Climate Strike.
Now campaigners are calling on people, businesses and politicians to join together to find ways to make a difference.
From planting more trees to solar energy and electric car projects, residents are being encouraged to get involved and make a difference.
Thornbury saw demonstrations in the High Street and outside Castle School on September 20 as adults and children joined the Global Climate Strike.
More than 30 people demonstrated in the High Street with the theme ‘Climate Action Now’.
Now a new group, Climate Acton Thornbury and Surroundings (CATS), is being launched to highlight concerns over climate change and find practical ways people can help to do something about it.
Organiser and Thornbury resident Danny Bonnett said that CATS aimed to take action.
He said: "We're reaching out to local people, and businesses, to the town and borough council, to make real changes to our carbon footprint.
"Sometimes it's hard to make the make the best choices, so we're asking all layers of government to incentivise the right behaviour.
“We're also looking to plant thousands of trees in the area, starting this autumn, with the help of the brilliant tree warden. We'd like to set up a community energy project, probably solar, and we're looking for places for electric car charging points."
CATS will be formally launched on Saturday November 2 from 1-4pm, at the Methodist Church Hall in the High Street.
Everyone is welcome to come along for films, music, information and activities for children.
The group is also hosting an event with the Make Poverty History initiative, called Climate Changes Everything, on Monday October 28 at the Methodist Church Hall, from 7.30-9pm.
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Danny’s daughter Zoe Bonnett, who helped organise a children's climate strike in Bristol earlier this year, managed to get teachers at Castle School to agree to the whole school taking part in activities connected to Friday's event, below.
Staff were encouraged to spend half an hour discussing climate change issues, and the school’s Climate Action Group provided resources.
Then the group and teachers stood outside the school at lunchtime with banners to join add their voices to the protest.
Both South Gloucestershire Council and the West of England Combined Authority, which makes strategic planning, transport and investment decisions for the region, have recently declared a “climate emergency” and committed to cut carbon emissions.
Metro mayor Tim Bowles and council leader Toby Savage have both voted to commit the region to meeting the Government’s target of zero net carbon emissions by 2030.
Main picture: George and Shone Howell of new group Climate Action Thornbury and Surroundings.