Climate Emergency

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The Climate Emergency facing our world is a very real issue, but there is plenty we can do to take action to help protect our planet.

Cheshire West and Chester Council declared a Climate Emergency in the borough in 2019 and put forward its Climate Emergency Response plan, which aims to help the borough become carbon neutral by 2045.

This is a space to share ideas, stories and tips about what you are doing locally to reduce your carbon emissions and impact on the environment. Now's the time to react and play your part to make our borough carbon neutral.


The Climate Emergency facing our world is a very real issue, but there is plenty we can do to take action to help protect our planet.

Cheshire West and Chester Council declared a Climate Emergency in the borough in 2019 and put forward its Climate Emergency Response plan, which aims to help the borough become carbon neutral by 2045.

This is a space to share ideas, stories and tips about what you are doing locally to reduce your carbon emissions and impact on the environment. Now's the time to react and play your part to make our borough carbon neutral.


What are you doing to tackle the Climate Emergency?

Residents, community groups, schools and businesses across the borough are busy playing their part to protect our local environment and reduce their impact on the planet by reducing their carbon emissions.

Lots of people taking action together can make a big impact and we want to hear all about the things you are doing. It could be a short tip, a blog or vlog on a certain topic, a pledge to say what you hope to achieve or about an event you’ve organised.

By sharing your story, you could inspire others across the borough to take action today and help us achieve our ambition of being a carbon neutral borough.

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We may occasionally contact people who have uploaded an inspiring story to ask if we could share it wider, such as on the Council's social media channels or our Climate Emergency enewsletter. We will always ask permission before we do this and we will only share stories with your approval.

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    Join us for our Paddle, Pick and Picnic @Thurstaston Beach

    by Eco Communities , about 1 month ago

    This Plastic Free July we are really excited to be going on a beach litterpick. Our litter picks are linked to our work with Surfers Against Sewage, whichstarted its campaigning in Cornwall where it was all about plastic pollution on beaches and beach litter picks. As its campaign grew it became more common for them to promote litter picks around Summit to Sea. Although Chester has no beach we always wanted to get to complete at least one litter pick, we did this in 2018 with Chester Zoo at Talacre in Flintshire. A very wet and windy day...

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    by Eco Communities , about 1 month ago

    Read article via Sustainable Cheshire (Eco Communities Website) - LINK

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    Cheshire and Merseyside Commits to Green Future

    by Grace Marshall, about 2 months ago
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    Chester Community Energy Ltd announce winners of their schools' sustainability competition

    by Chester Community Energy, about 2 months ago

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    Family Bike Ride to Chester Zoo

    by Ian S, 2 months ago

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    by Eco Communities , 3 months ago


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    Hedgehog Watch

    3 months ago

    20 May 2022

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    by Eco Communities , 3 months ago



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    by Miss Roberts, 3 months ago

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    by Patrick Eakin, 3 months ago

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