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People across Sefton have until mid September to help shape plans to be net zero carbon by 2040

Rimrose Valley Wildflower Meadow
Rimrose Valley Wildflower Meadow

Sefton residents are being asked to join people across the City Region in helping to shape plans to make it carbon net zero by 2040.

Countdown

As the countdown begins to November’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow people are being asked to help shape the Liverpool City Region Net Zero Action Plan by taking part in a survey, which closes on Wednesday 15th September.

Work already underway to reach the target includes investment in new, state-of-the-art trains and hydrogen buses for a London-style integrated transport system. Generating wind power in Liverpool Bay and creating a 600km walking and cycling network are also part of the plans along with fitting energy-saving measures in thousands of houses.

Visions

The City Region Combined Authority has developed a series of visions of what a Net Zero Liverpool City Region will look like in 2040. The visions are linked to aspects of life that everyone can relate to, such as the home, the world of work, and transport.

Views & Concerns

People across Sefton and the City Region are being asked to feed back their views on the visions, what concerns them and what ideas they might have that would address these concerns. Themes covered include:

  • Our Neighbourhoods
  • The Workplace
  • Transport & Travel
  • At Home
  • What’s happening Now

You can take part in the survey here.

Young people

In addition, young people aged under 25 are being invited to take part in their own specially-designed survey. It takes just 10 minutes to fill in and will help shape the future world which they live in.

Young people can take the Young People’s survey here.

The closing date to complete the surveys is Wednesday 15th September.

When the survey was launched in July, Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Compliance, Regulatory and Corporate Services said: The Climate Emergency that Sefton Council declared in 2019 is one of the biggest challenges we will face in the coming years.

“Sefton is a coastal borough, it is particularly vulnerable to climate change, but it is also filled with opportunities to take action to protect our planet and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

“Climate change will have an effect on all aspects of our lives, and it is vital that everyone takes the opportunity to have their say. I would urge everyone in Sefton to take part in this consultation.

“I hope young people especially feel empowered to shape the decisions that will affect their lives for many more years to come. ”

Emergency

The Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, was the first to declare a climate emergency in 2019, and has set an ambitious target for net zero carbon by 2040 – a decade ahead of the national 2050 deadline.

Longer-term plans to deliver clean, predictable energy and thousands of jobs, through a multi-billion-pound Mersey Tidal Power project, are also coming together as the city region works to build a sustainable recovery after the pandemic.