A new non-political campaign group promising community-wide action to tackle the climate emergency was launched last week, at a well-attended kickstart meeting of Brentwood Climate Action.
More than 40 people took part in the first meeting held at Chicken and Frog bookshop in Crown Street, in-person and online via Zoom, on Thursday August 12.
Susan Kortlandt, who was elected as Chair of Brentwood Climate Action, said:
“We had presentations, discussions on future plans, adopted a constitution and elected some initial officers to manage the group moving forward. It was an amazing turnout for a first meeting.
“The group will be a focus for climate action across the Borough of Brentwood, and will look to work with Brentwood Borough Council, Essex County Council, our local parish councils, and our Brentwood & Ongar MP, Alex Burghart on climate action plans – with a mission to achieve a carbon neutral, climate, nature and environmentally friendly Brentwood by 2030.”
The aims of the group include:
- Engaging with a wide range of people, especially young people, across all environmental, cultural, faith, community and political organisations wishing to take action to tackle the climate emergency
- Informing local stakeholders, citizens and young people about the climate emergency and the potential for action
- And challenging national and local government, business, civil society and other community groups and organisations on the actions they must take to deal with the climate emergency
Other members of the steering group elected on the night were:
Secretary – Jane Winter
Membership Secretary – Richard Millwood
Treasurer – Frances Howard, Katherine Anderson
Events Co-ordinators – Annie Sid, Laura Carey
Communications – Julian Goode
Youth Coordinator – Roy Hendley