4th March 2020, Assembly Rooms and Town Hall, Worthing, West Sussex
There is an urgent need to mobilise our area, to prepare for climate change and deliver the carbon reductions needed to reach zero emissions by 2030.
Worthing Climate Action Network (WCAN) and Transition Town Worthing (TTW), representing multiple community engagement networks, projects and programmes, have discussed holding a large-scale conference-type event for a couple of years. With Adur and Worthing Councils (AWC) having declared Climate Emergency, and now partnering with us to deliver the conference, we can take on the planning and delivery for this event. By organising a large-scale event and using the networks in AWC, we aim to reach communities and businesses who haven’t yet engaged with the climate agenda.
The action needed to achieve zero-carbon, climate adapted and resilient communities by 2030, is urgent and significant. We need to mainstream and normalise environmentally kind actions and transform behaviour across different groups in our community. We want to inspire new volunteers and projects, with these supported in future, by ourselves and the wider community sector, to seek investment, funding and new collaborations.
Adur & Worthing Councils (AWC) have declared Climate Emergency and are a welcome, key partner in the planning and delivery of this event. AWC have created a sustainability framework, SustainableAW, with their strategic ambitions, commitments and priority actions for Adur & Worthing described across the key themes:
- Carbon reduction and Energy
- Climate resilience
- Land use & planning
- Shared leadership and Business
AWC recognises the transformational environmental work delivered currently by the community and voluntary sector. The creation of a joint SustainableAW framework, will ensure a stronger basis for greater engagement between the councils and local business, groups and organisations. The climate transformation event will focus a wide range of people in generating ideas and innovations. These ambitions and action will subsequently become part of the SustainableAW framework. This shared framework has the real potential to generate significant investment to deliver transformative changes. It will be unique as a model.
In the interests of shared learning, we will be posting documentation relating to the event here. Outcomes and ongoing projects from the event will also be shared. Our current project outline and press release is below for download: