Working as a community to tackle the climate emergency
Influencing Havant Borough Council
When Havant Climate Alliance was formed in 2019 Havant Borough Council had not declared a climate emergency and had no plan to tackle human induced climate change. Following two climate strikes outside the borough council offices in 2019 and 2020 and a petition urging action, Havant Borough Council finally announced for the first time that a member of its cabinet would have a portfolio role for “Environment and Climate Change”. In summer 2020, Cllr Julie Thain-Smith was appointed to this role and under her watch a strategy to tackle the climate emergency was promised. To support Cllr Thain-Smith in her role and to illustrate the scale of the action needing to be taken, Havant Climate Alliance produced its own briefing for the new portfolio holder – which you can download below. At Havant Climate Alliance we will continue to work with the borough council to support them to implement meaningful action on climate change.
In December Cllr Thain-Smith let a council an online consultation with local groups and stakeholders to explore local action. Local people made representations and you can read sections or download some of the full presentations here.