To successfully tackle the challenges of the Emergency will require the support of all Stirling’s residents, as well as action by national and local government, other public and voluntary organisations, and business.
As the Council develops a Stirling-wide programme of activity to support and encourage partner, business and community action, we need to gain a better understanding of how local people view the challenges and opportunities of the Emergency to encourage everyone to take action. This will include a range of Climate Conversation events and on-line opportunities for people to feed in their thoughts, ideas and concerns they have for this challenge of our times.
While we all learn to live with the Coronavirus and adapt our activities to the challenges it brings, our planned engagement programme has been put on hold. The Council is investigating options for online engagement and interaction and will post updates here, along with other social media postings, to keep residents up to date.
Meanwhile, an analysis by Carbon Brief suggests the coronavirus pandemic could cause global emissions cuts of around 5.5% on the 2019 total. Although the largest ever annual fall in CO2 emissions - more than during any previous economic crisis or period of war - it is still below the 7.6% fall needed every year to limit warming to less than 1.5oC above pre-industrial temperatures. While this has been an unplanned response, it helps to illustrate the enormity of the task ahead if governments are to successfully tackle the climate crisis. It also demonstrates that returning to ‘business-as-usual’ should not be an option: the emissions reduction in 2020 will have limited impact unless followed by longer-lasting changes.
The Council conducted a resident’s survey over summer 2020 to gauge the level of support for actions that individuals, the Council and our partners could take. This included finding out what barriers prevent people from making changes that would benefit everyone. The survey invited residents to provide their views on the Climate & Nature Emergency and the feedback will be used to guide our engagement and delivery programme.
With 1,090 responses, the survey generated a huge amount of data and information. The results of the responses to the closed questions in the survey can be found in this Phase 1 report. More detailed information on the data used to compile that report can be found here.
Analysis of the 2,200 additional comments received is being carried out by Masters’ students at the University of Stirling and will be published here when available.
Last updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:55 PM