Adur & Worthing Councils join a campaign to tackle climate change in rural areas
Released: Thursday, 25 June 2020
Council leaders in Adur and Worthing have joined a campaign to give a voice to the countryside in the climate change debate.
The new Countryside Climate Network, which is represented by 21 councils in England, including Adur and Worthing, warns that rural communities are at the frontline of feeling the effects of climate change. Large parts of Adur and Worthing are represented by rural communities - more than half (53%) of the Adur district and 32% of Worthing sits within the South Downs National Park.
The Network is calling for the government's delayed £100bn infrastructure fund to support the ambitions of rural areas and the opportunities the countryside and green infrastructure can provide. In Adur and Worthing, this could help address issues like:
- Creating sustainable transport connections between urban and rural areas
- Ensuring the health and water quality of the River Adur
- Building a thriving local sustainable food system - supporting local growers to supply food to local markets and residents
- Helping those who live off-grid to have affordable warmth
Cllr Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said:
“With more than half of Adur sitting within the South Downs National Park, it's crucial that we invest in our countryside. This will allow its communities and wildlife to thrive while helping contribute to a low carbon future. That's why we're calling on the government to release funding to support a green recovery, which could deliver huge benefits to tens of thousands of people.”
The Countryside Climate Network is a subgroup of the UK100 Cities network, which Adur & Worthing Councils joined in January 2019.
It is represented by a number of ambitious local government leaders who have pledged to secure the future for their communities by shifting to 100% clean energy by 2050.
Adur & Worthing Councils declared a Climate Emergency in July 2019 and was the first local authority in Sussex to develop a carbon reduction plan.
Cllr Dan Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:
“By collaborating with others, we can share learning and work together to find solutions for creating more sustainable places for our residents.
“We're already seeing the benefits of that, as we work in partnership with businesses, communities and civic groups to deliver on pledge to work towards achieving zero carbon energy by 2050.
“I hope this partnership can build on this work so we can bring in vital investment to deliver for our rural communities.”
Photo: View across hill tops and fields in the South Downs National Park
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