Call for climate action in Cambridge on World Environment Day
Submitted for publication in the Cambridge News
On World Environment Day (June 5), Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Cambridge City Council are calling on Cambridge residents to unite and commit to action on climate change, with massive adherence to the Charter of Cambridge on Climate Change.
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the need to act on climate change and work towards net zero carbon emissions in Cambridge.
Cambridge City Council declared a climate emergency in February 2019 and recently presented an ambitious common vision to achieve net zero carbon in Cambridge by 2030 in the 2021-26 climate change strategy.
Cambridge City Council’s Climate Change Charter, developed by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, plays a central role in helping achieve this goal.
It gives everyone the chance to learn more about their carbon emissions through an online carbon footprint calculator, provides practical advice on how to reduce them, and gives people the opportunity to make a commitment to take action.
On this World Environment Day, Cambridge Carbon Footprint joins the international movement to raise awareness and generate action on environmental issues by organizing a virtual mass registration day.
On June 5, Cambridge residents, businesses and organizations are invited to participate in calculating their carbon footprint and join others across the city by becoming a Charter signatory.
Everyone must play a role in shaping Cambridge’s net zero future. With the Climate Change Committee estimating that more than 60% of the changes needed to achieve net zero will require action by individuals and households, the Charter is well placed to turn concerns about climate change into action at both the individual level. , as well as at the level providing a platform for businesses and organizations to be part of the solution to the climate emergency.
Anyone in Cambridge can make a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, whether you are an individual, household, business or organization https://cambridgecarbonfootprint.org/charter/
To show the city-wide commitment to climate action, Charter signatories are invited to share their commitment on social media using the hashtag #camclimatecharter, to encourage others to play their part by working together to reach net zero for the city.
Alana Sinclair, Director of Cambridge Carbon Footprint, said: “Each of us has a role to play in helping Cambridge achieve net zero emissions.
“Our Carbon Footprint Calculator enables people to explore the impact of everyday choices and empowers them to take action in their everyday lives. We all have the potential to be change engines.
“Whether you are an individual, a business or an organization, by becoming a Charter signatory you will join a community working together to achieve a better and sustainable future for Cambridge.
“Together, I hope we can make this World Environment Day one to remember, one where the Cambridge community has come together in the local solution to the climate emergency.”
Since its launch, Charter signatories have multiplied, with Cambridge residents, businesses and organizations pledging to take action on climate change.
With the commitments currently enshrined in the Charter, Cambridge is preparing to save 25 tonnes of CO2 over the next 12 months.
On World Environment Day, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Cambridge City Council are building on this momentum to create a city-wide movement, working together to take action on climate change and shape a sustainable future.
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