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What if? Imagining a zero carbon future for Sevenoaks District

April 26, 2021 9:31 AM
By Tony Clayton
Over seventy local people, and inspirational speakers including Rob Hopkins of Transition Towns, gathered on 21st April and thought the unthinkable. What if Sevenoaks District (not just the Council) made it to Zero Carbon well before the Government target?

Over seventy local people, and inspirational speakers including Rob Hopkins of Transition Towns, gathered on 21st April and thought the unthinkable. What if Sevenoaks District (not just the Council) made it to Zero Carbon well before the Government target?

Rob challenged us to come up with "What If?' questions - and ideas to change the way we live. How can we win for the environment, win for quality of life, win for our local economy and win for jobs?

The Vine - Sevenoaks

What if:

  • all our gardens were wildlife sanctuaries
  • all our streets were lined with trees
  • we didn't need rubbish collections
  • we had weekly car free days, and no HGVs
  • parents felt it was safe to let children cycle to school
  • council decisions were taken on lowest environmental impact
  • Sevenoaks was a genuinely zero plastic town
  • we had real action plans to insulate the housing stock

...... and many more

We talked through how important it is to link up individual actions that we can make, on energy saving, recycling, active travel and the rest with the bigger picture of decarbonising transport, the way we heat homes and offices, and how we work. So much has to change, and changes will be much easier if we start now, together, rather than put them off

People from Sevenoaks and surrounding villages have many of the skills and connections, to speed up progress. We have people working on community energy, on walking and cycling schemes, on green finance and on big technology changes. But most of them are working somewhere else!

Can we bring all these together, to make a difference in the place where we live?

Could we make Sevenoaks famous for the actions we are taking to create a genuinely sustainable future? Do we want to be green leaders? Of course we do. After all, they named Sevenoaks after the trees!

Watch Sevenoaks' entire Net-Zero discussion here

To join in, first contribute your ideas at http://allourideas.org/7oaksnetzero , then tell us how you would like to contribute to the change we all need. Contact us at info@sevenoakslibdems.org.uk