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 74 councils in the South East, 18 , (approx. 24%, or just about a quarter) are listed as having some information for ordinary concerned citizens. The best examples provide several web pages of information with further references or have developed strategies to address climate change. According to Worthing Borough Council the government has challenged all local authorities across the UK to develop climate change strategies. Some councils mention the South East Climate Change Partnership, but unfortunately it is difficult to see what if anything this has to offer the ordinary concerned citizen, or community groups who though very keen to take action on climate change may not be in a position to afford membership fees.
- Buckinghamshire County Council - Climate Change (section under construction)
- Milton Keynes Council - Climate change page, (part of Parks & Open Spaces)
- Wycombe District Council - Agenda 21 page on climate change
East Sussex Edit
- Brighton & Hove City Council - Climate Change webpage
- Lewes District Council - Action in Changing Climate - Lewes District Council's Climate Change Strategy available via the following LDC web page
- Rother District Council - Energy & Climate Change (dates given suggest this may not be a recent article)
- Gosport Borough Council - Report on student film competition
- Hampshire County Council - Climate change web pages
- Southampton City Council - Climate Change webpage
Isle of Wight Edit
- Isle of Wight Council - Adressing the impacts of climate change, Executive 12 February 2002
- Maidstone Borough Council - Draft Climate Change strategy
- South Oxfordshire District Council - Climate Change And Energy (links to further pages: 'What is climate change?', 'What is the Council doing to tackle climate change?' and 'What can I do to tackle climate change and energy?')
- Guildford Borough Council - Climate Change Strategy
- Surrey County Council - Climate change webpage (links to further pages: 'Current understanding and future predictions', 'What are we doing about climate change?')
- Woking Borough Council - Climate Change Strategy
West Sussex Edit
- Chichester District Council - Climate Change Strategy
- Crawley Borough Council - Climate change webpage
- West Sussex County Council - Climate change webpage (links to further pages)
- Worthing Borough 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.
Links checked Philralph 07:36, 30 Sep 2005 (UTC)