The climate is changing, and we are likely to experience more incidences of flooding, heat-waves, droughts and extreme weather events. While we know that a changing climate is normal, scientific evidence suggests that our use of fossil fuels has increased levels of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide) that trap heat in the atmosphere, causing the earth to warm up more in recent years.
The impacts of climate change, together with a growing population and increasing consumption of natural resources, will affect everyone. For ordinary people in the UK this affects the prices and availability of food, raw materials, and fuel for heat, power and transport.
This means that we need to learn to live within the limits of our environment – using resources responsibly. We also need to adapt to the changes – planning to deal with some impacts and accepting others.
It is therefore imperative that we do more with less, and at the same time try to protect and preserve resources for future generations. Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s commitment to a sustainable future is set out in our Sustainability and Environmental Policy (click here to view) - a framework for reducing the council’s environmental impact and influencing change in the community.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is also committed to contributing to the UK Government's legally binding CO2 emissions reductions targets of 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. To meet this challenge fuel security has been made a top priority for the city, creating an opportunity for investment and economic growth. This priority is set out in the Council's Mandate for Change (click here to find out more) – the Council's transformational programme to create a sustainable city.
You can find more information on climate change and sustainable living by following the links below to our pages on:
- What climate change is and its effects (click here).
- Climate change in Stoke-on-Trent and the UK (click here).
- What the council is doing to tackle climate change (click here)
- How we are planning to adapt to the effects of climate change (click here).
- Tips to help you save money and do your bit for the environment (click here)
- Housing and Climate Change (click here)
- Eco-schools (click here)
- Sustainable Transport (click here) and Public Transport (click here)
We also have pages for local businesses on how they can prepare for climate change and minimise their impact on the environment, follow the links below:
- Steps to prepare your business (Think, Plan & Act) (click here)
- Risks and Opportunities for businesses (click here)
- Training materials, resources and links (click here)
Please contact us if you would like further information or to offer comments and suggestions for this section: firstname.lastname@example.org
This page was last updated February 2013