This article looks at the actions local councils are taking in response to climate change, (as of July - September 2005) and in particular what information they provide for the ordinary concerned citizen. The scope of this enquiry has been limited to council websites. This article is one of a series - one article for each region of England.
An initial survey was carried out during July - September 2005, with the results included in the initial versions of this article. Please note that contributors are welcome to add information at any time. This means that different parts of the article may be up-to-date to a greater or lesser extent, but all will be at least as recent as the initial survey.
Websites for all councils in the region have been looked at during the initial survey (with the exception of any - no more than one or two - unavailable at the times of searches - see Notes on method below), though in most cases only 'postive' results (some information found) have been recorded.
Results of the initial survey could be compared with results from a similar comprehensive (England-wide) and systematic survey in about a year's time to give a broad indication of how the overall picture is changing.
The overall picture Edit
Of the websites for the 46 local councils in this region, 11 or just under a quarter (24%) are listed as having some information which ordinary concerned citizens might easily find. With the recent and high profile 'Manchester is my Planet' campaign, 6 out 10 websites for councils in Greater Manchester now have some information for ordinary concerned citizens.
- Cheshire County Council - (2 councillors urge the County Council to address climate change, news July 2005)
- Cumbria County Council - Responding to climate change, The Delhi Declaration on Climate Change, Grant awarded to Crosscanonby Community Centre in Maryport to help install solar panels, March 2005
Greater Manchester Edit
- Bury Metropolitan Borough Council - Climate Change Strategy for Bury (downloadable document dated July 2002)
- Manchester City Council - (no search results, but see News UK archive Jul-Aug05 for information about the 'Manchester is my Planet' campaign - Sep - Oct 2005)
- Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council - Oldham Council has joined forces with 10 local authorities, Manchester Museum, ITV Granada, The Co-operative Bank, United Utilities, three local universities, bars, art galleries, football clubs and cinemas in Greater Manchester, to fight climate change and are encouraging thousands of people to take a 'climate change pledge' as part of a new campaign entitled 'Manchester is my Planet'. Oldham MBC press release, September 8 2005, Signatory to Nottingham Climate Change Declaration - Oldham MBC press release, September 5 2005
- Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council - Climate change webpage, and webpage on the 'Manchester is my Planet' campaign available via the website Rochdale MBC
- Salford City Council - webpage on the 'Manchester is my Planet' campaign
- Trafford Metropolitan Borough - Global warming / climate change webpage
- Burnley Borough Council - Preventing Climate Change
- Fylde Borough Council - Fylde Low Waste and Energy (FLoWE) hosted by the council to offer advice and assistance to all parts of society on energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste, recycling, transport and associated climate change issues. Also an online pledging site for Fylde has been developed.
- Lancashire County Council - Climate Change webpages, including a page on Carbon Balancing in Lancashire and Uganda
- Liverpool City Council - webpage on pollution mentions climate change
- Sefton Council - climate change webpage
Notes on method Edit
(Initial survey) A simple search for 'climate change' was carried out on each local council website. Links identified were restricted to web pages specifically about climate change or evidence of climate change strategies, that could reasonably easily be found by ordinary concerned citizens. PDF and word processor documents have not been included unless these can be accessed from a dedicated climate change page, or another easily found page. Information that appears to be more than 6 months old may not be recorded unless it suggests some current or ongoing activity. One or two websites may have been temporarily unavailable at the time of a search, in which case no information has been recorded. If no search facility could be found, or did not appear to be working properly at the times of searches, no information was recorded.