Save our streams
We are encouraging Chesham residents to write to local candidates in forthcoming elections to press them on their commitment to address climate and ecological change locally. Here is a suggested letter.

 

Dear [Town and/or Unitary Authority candidate]

Re: Climate and ecological emergency

In advance of the Town and Unitary Authority elections I am writing ask what your commitment is to addressing the climate and ecological emergency locally. As a constituent, I am clear that this issue is my number one priority when considering whom to vote for in this election. We need councillors on both Town and Unitary Authority Councils who are committed to addressing this issue at a local level and lobbying government to tackle it at a national and international level.

Issues that it will be important for me to see addressed include:

Town

Maximising efforts for council activities to be carbon neutral as soon as possible

Maximising efforts to support Chesham becoming carbon neutral as soon as possible

Initiatives to tackle carbon reduction and ecological enhancement in Chesham through engagement and information sharing with local residents

Creative thinking in funding and resourcing carbon reduction and biodiversity-enhancing activities

Investigating what is needed for Chesham to adapt to changes in weather and food supplies over the next 10 years (as some of these things will need implementing during the next 5 years).

Ensuring that environmental impact is included in every department’s reporting processes.

Raising awareness of the climate and ecological emergency and supporting residents in making positive changes

Lobbying Unitary Authority and national Government to provide funds and resources in addressing this agenda

Unitary

Maximising efforts for council activities to be carbon neutral as soon as possible (the Shadow Cabinet and Government target of 2050 is increasingly being seen by many as too late)

Maximising efforts to support Bucks becoming carbon neutral as soon as possible

Amending supplementary planning guidance to ensure all new build houses and non-domestic buildings achieve high environmental standards, particularly in terms of insulation and appliance efficiency.

Implementing and promoting initiatives to;

Reduce carbon emissions and pollution from transport including public transport, car reduction, walking and cycling initiatives

Encourage home owners and businesses to upgrade insulation, install efficient appliances and use renewable and low carbon energy sources where possible

Engaging with local experts to enhance wildlife and habitat protection, including tree and hedgerow planting, protecting existing greenbelt and other threatened habitats.

Reduce water consumption to protect the chalk stream and aquifers.

Ensuring that environmental impact is included in every department’s reporting processes.

Investigating what is needed for Bucks to adapt to changes in weather and food supplies over the next 10 years (as some of these things will need implementing during the next 5 years).

Raising awareness of the climate and ecological emergency and supporting residents in making positive changes

Lobbying national Government to prioritise this agenda and provide funding, resources and responsibility at a local level to tackle the changes needed for this commitment.

Whilst it has been suggested that we have limited global impact through our local initiatives, I believe it is important for us to play our part in reducing carbon, protecting wildlife and habitats and demonstrating best practice. It’s also important for us to adapt locally so we can be resilient to changes in weather and food supplies as predicted by climate scientists.

I appreciate that any council has to balance a number of demands and that finance and resources are always stretched. To address this I have indicated my support to lobby at a national level; however in addition I would encourage the council to maximise engagement with the local community and environment groups to see what might be possible as a collaborative approach to tackling this issue, both in terms of funds and resources.

Please can you let me know your policies addressing these issues?

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully

[INSERT NAME]

[INSERT – Chesham and Buckinghamshire Resident]

Dear [Town and/or Unitary Authority candidate]

Re: Climate and ecological emergency

In advance of the Town and Unitary Authority elections I am writing ask what your commitment is to addressing the climate and ecological emergency locally. As a constituent, I am clear that this issue is my number one priority when considering whom to vote for in this election. We need councillors on both Town and Unitary Authority Councils who are committed to addressing this issue at a local level and lobbying government to tackle it at a national and international level.

Issues that it will be important for me to see addressed include:

Town

Maximising efforts for council activities to be carbon neutral as soon as possible

Maximising efforts to support Chesham becoming carbon neutral as soon as possible

Initiatives to tackle carbon reduction and ecological enhancement in Chesham through engagement and information sharing with local residents

Creative thinking in funding and resourcing carbon reduction and biodiversity-enhancing activities

Investigating what is needed for Chesham to adapt to changes in weather and food supplies over the next 10 years (as some of these things will need implementing during the next 5 years).

Ensuring that environmental impact is included in every department’s reporting processes.

Raising awareness of the climate and ecological emergency and supporting residents in making positive changes

Lobbying Unitary Authority and national Government to provide funds and resources in addressing this agenda

Unitary

Maximising efforts for council activities to be carbon neutral as soon as possible (the Shadow Cabinet and Government target of 2050 is increasingly being seen by many as too late)

Maximising efforts to support Bucks becoming carbon neutral as soon as possible

Amending supplementary planning guidance to ensure all new build houses and non-domestic buildings achieve high environmental standards, particularly in terms of insulation and appliance efficiency.

Implementing and promoting initiatives to;

Reduce carbon emissions and pollution from transport including public transport, car reduction, walking and cycling initiatives

Encourage home owners and businesses to upgrade insulation, install efficient appliances and use renewable and low carbon energy sources where possible

Engaging with local experts to enhance wildlife and habitat protection, including tree and hedgerow planting, protecting existing greenbelt and other threatened habitats.

Reduce water consumption to protect the chalk stream and aquifers.

Ensuring that environmental impact is included in every department’s reporting processes.

Investigating what is needed for Bucks to adapt to changes in weather and food supplies over the next 10 years (as some of these things will need implementing during the next 5 years).

Raising awareness of the climate and ecological emergency and supporting residents in making positive changes

Lobbying national Government to prioritise this agenda and provide funding, resources and responsibility at a local level to tackle the changes needed for this commitment.

Whilst it has been suggested that we have limited global impact through our local initiatives, I believe it is important for us to play our part in reducing carbon, protecting wildlife and habitats and demonstrating best practice. It’s also important for us to adapt locally so we can be resilient to changes in weather and food supplies as predicted by climate scientists.

I appreciate that any council has to balance a number of demands and that finance and resources are always stretched. To address this I have indicated my support to lobby at a national level; however in addition I would encourage the council to maximise engagement with the local community and environment groups to see what might be possible as a collaborative approach to tackling this issue, both in terms of funds and resources.

Please can you let me know your policies addressing these issues?

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully

[INSERT NAME]

[INSERT – Chesham and Buckinghamshire Resident]