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There is clear scientific evidence to show that climate change is happening and is due to human activity. This includes global warming and greater risk of flooding, droughts and heat waves.

These changes to the climate represent a real and serious threat to us all. As the local authority, Dorset Council has a responsibility to play its part in helping tackle this growing danger while we still have time to make a difference.

In response to this threat, at its very first Full Council meeting back in May, we took the bold step to declare a Climate Emergency. This means we are:

  1. taking direct action to reduce the negative environmental impact of our services
  2. using our services to support and influence Dorset communities and organisations to reduce their carbon footprint
  3. working with partners to develop our climate emergency plan.

It is also important that Dorset Council lobbies central government to act to meet this challenge and join with other local authorities to ask for a detailed plan of how the targets of the newly tightened Climate Change Act will be met.

Find out more about Climate Change and what the government’s plans are to tackle it.

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