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Worthing Conference Told of Councils’ Commitment to Combating Climate Change

We owe it to all generations to make our planet greener and cleaner, a packed climate conference was told in Worthing.
Leader of Worthing Council Daniel Humphreys outlined to delegates at the Zero2030 conference what Adur & Worthing Councils are doing to build a more sustainable environment and combat climate change.
He noted that the Councils had declared a climate emergency in July last year. It has pledged two million pounds over the next few years to build on their carbon reduction plans.
They have also committed to moving towards zero carbon energy use across Adur and Worthing by 2050, and within the Councils by 2030.
Their SustainableAW framework – with ambitious plans in six key areas: biodiversity, carbon reduction, energy, transport, waste reduction and water – had also been updated.
Over 300 local people attended the conference, discussing how to shape the local response to the climate emergency.
Speakers at the conference included keynote speaker Isabella Tree of the well-known rewilding project at Knepp Estate and Matt Rooney of sustainability experts Anthesis. Anthesis have been helping the Councils measure and monitor its energy use as part of its carbon reduction strategy.
Isabella, a conservation pioneer, told the audience that creating corridors of rewilded areas was key in Sussex. They not only increase biodiversity by giving wildlife safe havens they can move between, but they also have a key role in carbon reduction and in stopping flooding in lowland areas.
“We are seeing birds on our land which we haven’t seen in 100 years. Our restored soils are capturing double the amount of carbon, as well as acting like a sponge, absorbing water.”
Community groups were also given time at the conference to talk about the work they are already doing locally. These included the two key organisers of the conference, Transition Town Worthing (TTW) and Worthing Climate Action Network (Worthing CAN).
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