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Stamford Climate Action Group to host public meeting on climate emergency with panel of experts

In September 2019, South Kesteven District Council declared a Climate Emergency, as did Stamford Town Council shortly thereafter, writes Amanda Wheeler, of Stamford Climate Action Group.

But what does Climate Emergency mean for us? And what practical action can we take?

On Wednesday, March 15, Stamford Climate Action Group will host a public meeting at Stamford Town Hall.

Amanda Wheeler
Amanda Wheeler

This free event is for anyone living or working in the area who wants to know more about how climate change will impact our community and what we can do to help us prepare.

Our key speaker will be John Grant from Sheffield Hallam University, a specialist in sustainability, low carbon and climate resilience. He will discuss his own experience of climate change – from irrefutable proof of the issues, to what he hoped would be a global rallying call, and his desire for greater action.

There will also be the opportunity to put climate-related questions to a panel of local experts, including Martin Ballard, Jo Kemp and Kelly Greer.

A panel of Climate Change experts - John Grant and Martin Ballard, top, and Kelly Greer and Jo Kemp, bottom
A panel of Climate Change experts - John Grant and Martin Ballard, top, and Kelly Greer and Jo Kemp, bottom

Martin, group head of environment for the Wates Construction Business, has 30 years’ experience addressing sustainability issues, especially regarding water, biodiversity, waste and carbon.

He has led the Society for the Environment’s Soils and Stones Report which sets out legal alignments and soil health improvements.

Jo, owner and chef at the Blonde Beet in Stamford, has delivered sustainability engagement and behaviour change programmes with UK and international universities and colleges for 11 years before setting up the Blonde Beet, Stamford’s plant-based restaurant with sustainability at its roots in 2020.

Kelly, head of research at ACE Research, has worked on decentralised energy for 20 years, including with National Energy Action, leading projects to alleviate fuel poverty. She has also recently installed energy efficiency measures, photovoltaic panels and battery storage in her own home, and is an avid gardener and chicken keeper.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Free places for this event can be booked by contacting the Town Hall (townhall@stamfordtowncouncil.org.uk or 01780 753808) or by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/climate-emergency-declared-what-next-tickets-521135529397.

Questions for the panel can be submitted in advance or at the door. Please join us and make your voice


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