World Environment Day 2020

World Environment Day 2020 (5 June) is an opportunity to take a look at some of the work Cherwell District Council has underway to help tackle the climate emergency at the local level.

Published: Thursday, 4th June 2020

We know there is a desire for change in this area. A recent YouGov survey found that 51 per cent of Britons have noticed cleaner air, and 27 per cent more wildlife, since the coronavirus lockdown began. Only 9 per cent of Britons said they wanted to return to ‘normal’ after lockdown.

The council has reduced its carbon emissions by nearly a third (32 per cent) since 2008 and is now stepping up these efforts in order to hit net zero by 2030.

Work is underway with expert consultants to make this happen, and it follows the declaration of a climate emergency by the council last year. The plan will involve reducing and offsetting emissions, and the council is also working with its partners to encourage them to take similar action.

Tree planting is part of the picture too. Earlier this year the council passed a motion to double tree cover in the district by 2045. This will involve working with private landlords and other community and public sector partners. 

Progress was made with the planting of 30,000 trees at the DCS Woodland in Banbury in the last planting season. The council intends to run a similar tree planting operation at the 100-acre Burnehyll Community Woodland, between Chesterton and Bicester, and preparations are underway for planting there during the autumn and winter of 2020.

And last month Cherwell District Council signed up to become a founder member of Oxfordshire Greentech, a business network helping to support companies in the region to adapt the way they work in the low carbon era.

To find out more about World Environment Day, follow this link.