A climate change commission has commenced work in Stoke-on-Trent to change the city’s environmental priorities.
In late December 2019, Stoke-on-Trent Council confirmed that the cross-party commission would gather evidence for four months – 1 January 2020 to 30 April 2020 – through targeted engagement on the issues that the city is concerned about. This evidence will come from a range of individuals and groups, including young citizens and representatives from business and university, before using it to help improve the city’s environmental credentials.
The commission follows Stoke-on-Trent declaring a climate emergency in July, before October saw cabinet members approve proposals to move towards being a single use plastic-free authority by 2023.
Councillor Carl Edwards, Cabinet Member for the Environment, who is leading the commission, said: “Crucial to what we deliver as a city is based on what priorities we set out now and working together with the public to ensure we are all proactively doing our best to help protect the environment. Whether that’s making sure to recycle correctly or taking the initiative to plant a tree, we can all do our bit.”