Council

Climate Emergency

Westbury Town Council declares a Climate Emergency.

STORY COMPETITION

Westbury Town Council is holding a story writing competition for local schools and residents on
the subject of “Climate Change – Your View of the Future” and the impact being felt globally.

The competition has now closed, and the winner will be announced at the Christmas Lights Switch-On, on Saturday 3rd December 2022!

Like many other council’s, Westbury Town Council declared a Climate Emergency on 6th January 2020. But what does Climate Emergency mean?

Westbury is fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful countryside, but this countryside is under threat. Changing infrastructure has reduced green space surrounding our town impacting on wildlife and damaging fragile local ecosystems. The change in the climate which has led to long, hot summers causing catastrophic fires, has resulted in grasses, flowers and fruits dying. The lack of rainwater makes it much harder for wildlife to find the food and water they need to survive. Add to this the increasing amount of traffic on our roads resulting in pollution and air quality becoming worse, it’s easy to see why we use the word “Emergency”.

Why do we need to act now? What can we do locally to make a difference? What are your hopes and fears for the future? What have you done to try and help your community be a greener place to live? These could all be topics for a short story about climate change.

The best stories will be included in a climate change booklet produced by the town council and available for residents to buy.

Open to all, stories should be no more than 500 words and the deadline for receipt of entries is Friday 25th November 2022.

Age categories are: A – under 12 years / B – 12 to 19 years / C – 20 years and over

Category winners will each receive a £50 voucher and winners will be announced at the Christmas Lights Switch-on on Saturday 3rd December.

At a meeting of Westbury Town Council on Monday 6th January 2020, the town council declared a climate emergency and has committed to making significant changes in the way it works to reduce emissions and work towards being carbon neutral by 2030. Find out more:

Wiltshire Council’s – Climate Strategy and Natural Environment Plan

Consultation

Wiltshire Council are giving residents, businesses and local groups in the county the opportunity to have their say on Wiltshire Council’s draft Climate Strategy and Natural Environment Plan.

You can find out more here. There have been a number of online and in-person sessions and members of the public were invited to comment on the draft strategy until Sunday 17th October 2021.

Wiltshire Council Climate Change Poster

What can you do?

The Centre of Sustainable Energy (CSE) are a Bristol based charity who provide free advice and money saving tips that can help people who are concerned about the threat of climate change. On their resource page you will find a wide range of advice leaflets that can help you to reduce your carbon footprint and save money. For example, the advice leaflets show you how to carry out a DIY home energy efficiency audit and give you tips for lower energy bills.

To find out more:
Resources | Centre for Sustainable Energy (cse.org.uk)
Love your home | Centre for Sustainable Energy (cse.org.uk)

Wiltshire Council work with Great Green Systems on Reducing your Waste and Composting, by offering Wiltshire residents discounted items, such as food waste composters, called a Green Johanna, find out more here.