Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Community Tackles Change

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Community Tackles Change

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PEOPLE living in Newcastle are wanted to give their views on the city council's plans for tackling climate change. The council has published its Climate Change Strategy which includes proposals to cut the city's carbon emissions by a third.

The aim of the strategy is to help raise awareness of climate change and provide advice on how we can all make positive impacts on the environment.

It is also expected to provide job opportunities, reduce energy bills and boost the local economy. In recognition of the part the council has to play in setting an example to residents and businesses across the city, it is aiming to reduce emissions from buildings, services and vehicles, while educating children about the causes of climate change and its impact.

To look at the city council's draft strategy and action plan then give your views, complete an online form at www.newcastle.gov.uk/climatechange There are five free energy monitors up for grabs to those people who send in the most useful comments and ideas.

The city council has already taken steps to cut its environmental impact through transport. It is one of the North East locations for charging

points for electric vehicles.

Over the next three years a total of 1,300 charging points will be installed on streets, car parks, residential and business areas, as well as retail and leisure facilities, as part of a national programme.

Newcastle was identified as an Advanced Electric Vehicle Infra-structure Pilot after installing 40 recharging points which became one of the first charging platforms in the country. On September 22 Newcastle will celebrate the international In Town Without My Car Day, which encourages people to try out alternatives to the car, such as public transport, cycling and walking.

On the day there will be a number of stalls showcasing the work the council does and raising awareness of why sustainable travel is so important. …

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