The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021.

In line with the international conference, we ran a small programme of events and awareness-raising initiatives to focus on what can be done at a local and individual level to tackle the climate emergency. 

Video updates from COP26

The Council Leader, Cllr Bridget Smith, attended several days of COP26 as part of a Local Government Association delegation. You can read Cllr Smith's thoughts from the event, and watch video blogs, on the Leader's blog page.

Q&A with our climate leaders

After inviting residents (including school children) to submit their climate change questions to us during October, we put these questions to two of our climate leaders during a Q and A session. They have been answered by Councillor Pippa Heylings, Chair of the Council's Climate and Environment Advisory Committee, and Bode Esan, our Head of Climate, Environment & Waste.

Many thanks to those people who submitted a question. The Q&A was shared daily during the COP26 fortnight on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, so keep your eyes peeled for your question! You can also watch a single video of all of our questions and answers below.

Zero Carbon Communities green connect

COP26 - What it means for South Cambridgeshire

Our Zero Carbon Communities team is launching a new series of monthly networking events - Zero Carbon Communities Green Connect - to bring South Cambridgeshire's residents and community groups together to discuss a different theme each month.

The first (virtual) event took place from 7:30pm to 8:30pm on Tuesday 9 November

To tie in with COP26, the theme of this first event was COP26 - What it means for South Cambridgeshire, and kicked off with a talk by Cllr Pippa Heylings, followed by Q&A and discussion, before attendees were split into small break-out rooms to share inspiration, challenges and ideas.

What's your green pledge?

As part of the lead-up to COP26, we asked colleagues and residents to 'go one step greener' and think about how you can make a difference to limit global warming.

Picture of the globe with words 'My green pledge is'Make your action count and inspire others to do their bit by sharing what you are doing using #TogetherForOurPlanet and #OneStepGreener on social media. You could also join others through the Count Us In campaign. 

Example pledges:

  • 'I pledge to use my bike instead of my car when I go into town'
  • 'I pledge to turn the thermostat down one degree (keeping your thermostat at 18°C minimum is advised)'
  • 'I pledge to separate my food waste to put in the green bin'

If we all work together, we can do this. 

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