One and All
You Madder! We Madder! From Denzil recycling in Par to Abdul growing veg in Ethiopia. But here in Cornwall, there is a lot more we can do to redress the balance. Our motto of 'one and all' could not be a better description of how we are going to tackle climate change.
Some local, national and global information about climate change.
What is a Green House Gas?
Carbon Dioxide makes up 76% of total Greenhouse Gas Emissions (84% of that is from fossil fuels alone!). Methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) make up 16% and 6%, mostly from agriculture, waste treatment and gas flaring. Fluorinated gases (comprised of HFCs, PFCs, SF6 and NF3) from industrial processes make up 2% of global emissions. These gases are much more potent than CO2 in terms their global warming potential, but also they have a shorter amount of time trapped in the atmosphere. CO2 can last over a 1000 years up there and Methane only 10years.
Main Human Contributers?
Wow, making energy is a whopping 73.2%!
Making the switch to renewables such as solar, geothermal, wind, community shared power grids etc at home as well as in major industries is important. Driving electric vehicles powered by green energy companies and stopping high level investors from investing in fossil fuels eg high street banks and insurance companies is still very much on the agenda.
This green bar chart is Cornwall's Carbon output by sector, from the council website. To make a difference we need to concentrate on industry, home and office buildings, transport and agriculture.
What about St Austell?
This chart shows your local household emissions, by geographical area. St Austell parish is represented and compared with the English national average. You can find and compare your parish by clicking on the link below. St Austell households have lower carbon emmisions than the national average! Go St Austell!
What's to be done?
Cornwall, along with many other places in the UK has taken the bull by the horns and pledged to be Carbon Neutral by 2030, ahead of the 2050 deadline. We have more than most to protect, since Cornwall is on the frontline of storms and flooding to say the least. It also has a history of being a leading light in innovation, change and is surrounded by some of the best beaches and nature worth protecting in all of the UK.
Cornwall Council has Three Carbon Neutral Cornwall priority projects its working on right now.
The plans provide a roadmap for carbon neutrality ahead of the Government's target of 2050, including:
A Forest for Cornwall - 8,000 hectares (about 2% of Cornwall's land mass) of trees and hedges to absorb carbon and provide new outdoor spaces. The project will also help protect our existing trees, woodlands and hedges.
The Whole House Retrofit Project to improve energy efficiency in Council owned housing. This will reduce energy bills, make homes easier to warm. It will also reduce the properties emissions.
The creation of a new planning document - the Climate Emergency Development Planning Document (DPD). This will help us plan measures to address and mitigate climate change and strengthen policies of the Cornwall Local Plan. The next phase of the Climate Emergency DPD consultation is now underway.
Cornwall Council can't change everything, it's up to you to change your electricity provider, turn off your lights, stop buying things, eat a plant based diet and pick up after yourself! but there are many people and groups offering all the support you need from finance to ideas. Check the rest of this website and our Facebook page for updates on events, movies, ideas, grants and so much more.