This section covers our declarations of Health & Well-Being and Climate Emergency, detailing our action plans and aspirations inherently for the future. The health and well-being of our community is currently the most vital matter, with concerns in regards to human economic and social, plus environmental vulnerability and disadvantage. The Town Council has no direct statutory role in health and well-being, nevertheless, we believe that every organisation and individual has its part to play in helping to create a sustainable world. To that end, we have put together a page of supportive organisations and resources to help you with your climate change action.
As of June 2019, Lowestoft Town Council has declared a Climate Emergency, entailing that the Town Council is actively looking at ways to reduce our environmental footprint. With this goal in mind, the Council has formed a Climate Emergency Committee to look at ways to help reduce the climate impact, carbon footprint and to provide environmental benefits to Lowestoft.
As part of the Climate Emergency declaration, the Town Council are regarding the following actions:
1. Exploring and researching measures to better climate impacts and optimise beneficial natural environments
2. Recommend responses on any significant policy consultations directly affecting Lowestoft
3. Consider climate emergency action by local groups which might assist the Council's climate emergency activities
4. Looking at means of assessing measures of current performance to establish the level of success of the Council's policy
5. Ensuring suitable risk management is in place to safeguard against adverse environmental impacts from Town Council activities or on Town Council assets
6. Ensuring items no longer used by the Councils are appropriately disposed of
7. Developing the Neighbourhood Plan taking account of the climate emergency
8. Contract arrangements include appropriate environmental measures and safeguards
9. Water and energy use is as efficient and environmentally friendly as is reasonably possible and using renewable energy sources where possible
10. Supporting alternatives to car use including walking, cycling, and public transport
11. Encouraging the use of land for nature including increasing tree cover
12. How best to support its declaration of carbon neutrality
As well as looking at the Climate Emergency, Lowestoft Town Council has put in place a Sustainability Strategy.
Paralleling with our Climate Emergency Declaration, the Town Council has declared a health emergency in recognition of the major ongoing concern of health within our community. Part of this is raising the physical and mental health, and well-being standard so that individuals can benefit from and contribute positively to society. We believe that there is widespread understanding and recognition that a problem exists, the recent pandemic highlighting and exacerbating this, not least owing to the particular vulnerability of the obese and those with mental ill-health.
As part of our initial work on this, our actions will include:
1. Progressing our Sustainability Strategy as there are strong links between health and well-being, climate change and other sustainability issues
2. Supporting turning any Government/NHS health and well-being initiatives into local benefit
3. Planting an orchard tree for every other tree planted (which helps biodiversity and the environment too)
4. Exploring opportunities to enhance and expand our allotments
5. Rapidly progressing the improvement of our parks, open spaces and linked facilities for the enjoyment of all
6. Working with partners and promoting health and well-being initiatives
7. Prioritising support and promotion of transport which is not reliant on fossil fuel and which encourages exercise and independence, including cycling, walking and running
8. Taking account of health and well-being as part of our decisions on planning and development
9. Progressing local economic opportunities, including progressing our own planned recruitment of staff at the earliest opportunity
10. Progressing outdoor shopping and entertainment opportunities, including an outdoor market and cultural/event space in parks
11. Exploring opportunities to enhance the community benefit of our community halls and leisure facilities, including through related sports clubs
12. Providing grants to food banks and other food initiatives and organisations supporting health and well-being, with the emphasis being on the provision of nutritious and healthy food and an active and positive lifestyle
13. Progressing water fountains in our parks to provide a free quality drink for those enjoying the outdoors
14. Encouraging buying and eating local produce
15. Supporting education on food, nutrition, cooking and active lifestyles
16. Supporting the reduction in pollution
For resources to help with your own climate and health action, please click here.