(Climate) change? Why change? Things are bad enough already
Lord Salisbury, 19th century aristocrat, politician and briefly Prime Minister, said something similar to the words above apparently referring to taxation. Little would he have known that simply adding the word ‘climate’ enables a powerful point to be made about the world in the 21st century.
Whatever any of us may think about Greta Thunberg addressing the United Nations, Extinction Rebellion bringing London to a standstill and governments setting targets for zero emissions in 30 years’ time, perhaps it is worth looking closer to home? Certainly many individuals are taking more and more personal steps to improve our environment in the end to slow and stop climate change. The science is confirmed and how we react as a nation, a community or as citizens of our country will literally shape the future.
For sure, we all have or know someone with solar panels on the roof, a hybrid car, a vegetarian diet, or who is just trying to use less fossil fuel. Sadly I don’t pass many environmental awareness tests, but I do seriously plan to improve!
That's why I’m pleased that Amber Valley Borough Council has declared a Climate Emergency, and in various conversations around the village I’ve been encouraged to learn of people’s increasing interest in the whole climate change and environmental awareness issue. Potentially there are many things that could be done, including getting involved in the Woodland Trust’s tree-planting days, the reduction or eradication of singleuse plastic and maybe even car-charging points in the village!
I am very sure that there are residents in the village with the skills, imagination and real enthusiasm to make a difference. If you are one of these people, young or old (or in between), and you might be willing to get involved, please send your contact details to environment@crichstandard. org and register an interest in the overall project. Your reaction will shape the next steps in the Climate Emergency challenge for Crich Parish.
We may not be able to change the world, but with some ambition and energy we can surely improve our Crich community environment!
Tony Mills Chair, Crich Standard