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25th Oct, 2021

Rugby council to host climate summit

A SUMMIT to address the causes of climate change and its impacts on Rugby is to be held later this month.

The summit will explore some of the themes highlighted in the recent Rugby Climate Survey, and will also update participants on some of the steps being taken to reduce carbon emissions in the borough.

The Rugby Climate Summit – the first cross-sector initiative in the borough’s response to the climate emergency – will take place on Saturday September 18 from 10am to 1pm.

It will be hosted by Rugby Borough Council, and will be held online to allow greater participation and reduce Covid-19 risks.

The draft agenda for the summit includes speakers from HERU, looking at waste reduction and energy creation; Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, on biodiversity; Transition Town Rugby, who will bring a community perspective; and a speaker on sustainable transport.

The council’s leader Coun Seb Lowe said: “With the United Nations’ announcement that the climate emergency has now become critical, we must work across private, public and community sectors to do everything we can as soon as we can.

“Achieving net zero will involve many changes to the way we currently do things, such as the way we heat our homes, the type of transport we use, and the food we eat.

“I am pleased to host this first opportunity for all of our communities to see how we can address these issues together.”

The Rugby Climate Summit is free to attend. Residents, businesses and community organisations can visit www.rugby.gov.uk/ClimateSummit to register.

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