Sustainability

The Sustainability Working Group submitted the Climate & Ecology Action Plan (CAP for short) to the Town Council who have approved it. There will be more information here on the CAP’s activities.  If you can help us with some of these activities please e-mail us at :-  townplan@bishopscastle.gov.uk
or contact us via our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/communityplan
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u can download a copy here BC CAP Apr2020 version

Here’s a summary of why the CAP is important:-

Introduction to Bishop’s Castle’s
Climate & Ecology Action Plan [CAP]

We already know the planet is facing a life-threatening climate and ecological emergency.  While Bishop’s Castle may be a relatively good place to be for the next 20-30 years, it may also be affected in that time by changes to the Gulf Stream, melting ice caps, other serious climate changes, or the critical loss of pollinator insects with the risk of severe flooding, power outages and food supply problems.
More widely, the UK is being affected – and will inevitably be further affected – by changes elsewhere. Large-scale, climate-led population upheavals and migration will almost certainly cause significant political, economic and social disruption (think of the problems caused by relatively small-scale migration from the Middle East in the last few years).  Climate-related crises (drought, forest fires, flooding, crop failures) elsewhere in the world could have serious knock-on effects.  This kind of disruption could well occur in the next 2 decades.
At the BC town council (BCTC) meeting of Tuesday 17th September 2019 it was agreed that a climate emergency should be declared and a Climate Action Plan (CAP) be prepared by members of the Sustainability Working subgroup of the BC Community Partnership group. This draft plan would be presented to the TC by no later than April 2020.
Sections 1 and 2 of the CAP set out actions that the people of Bishop’s Castle led by its Town Council can take in response to the climate and ecological emergency.  Section 2 includes an example of a personal plan in which we all, as individuals, commit to making realistic changes (e.g. reducing car use), so as to contribute towards the CAP. These actions are designed to reduce our carbon emissions and our impact on the climate and environment and to help build a stronger, more resilient, thriving local community. Sections 4-7 of the CAP cover specific ways in which we can all take steps that will assist environmental improvement.  All the proposals in the CAP spring from two starting points:-
i) mitigating the worst effects of the climate emergency; and,
ii) adapting and building resilience to prepare for major change.

Section 3 concentrates on food and water consumption. Section 4 on transforming our green spaces. Section 5 on reducing consumption and waste. Section 6 on reducing energy demand and producing our own cleaner energy. And section 7 on the issue of different ways we can strengthen community resilience.
These proposals are not complete and will remain under continuous review as conditions change and as we consider priorities and time-scales.  For example, time and resources have not allowed the production of chapters on issues such as Transport and Health.
There are many practical suggestions in the CAP, and even slight modifications in the way we live our everyday lives can make a significant difference to our environment.  We would urge you to read the full document, which you can download by clicking onto the following link <http://bishopscastletowncouncil.gov.uk/sustainability/>

Any comments or suggestions you have would be most welcome and can be made by contacting the Sustainability Working Group chair: Mike Watkins, mikejwatkins@hotmail.co.uk