Climate Emergency declaration
In March 2019 Portsmouth City Council declared a Climate Emergency, which committed them to decarbonising their own operations and the city by 2030. See the Climate Emergency motion that was passed here. To help oversee this decarbonization they set up the Portsmouth Climate Action Board.
Main objectives of the Board:
1.Raise awareness of the climate and ecological emergency
We want to cut through the jargon and get a conversation started about the nature of the problem- our current way of living, travelling and heating our homes- and the solutions available.
This conversation would look at how we can prepare for a more unstable climate, but also most importantly how we can reduce emissions and change our relationship with nature.
2.Inspire and facilitate climate action in Portsmouth - within all sectors and communities
To do this we are launching this website to act as a hub for climate action, as well as establishing subgroups such as business, planning, and housing to identify barriers to change and brainstorm ways around them.
We are also setting up community groups that we will help green and rewild our city, including planting pocket parks, community orchards and tiny forests in partnership with Hampshire Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Portsmouth Friends of the Earth and Portsmouth City Council.
3. Help develop a Portsmouth Climate Action Strategy
The strategy will be consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement and built in collaboration with the city’s residents, main businesses and organisations. This is a mid-term goal that will be pursued once Covid restrictions and its financial impacts are more resolved.
Current membership of the Board:
Portsmouth City Council; Portsmouth Climate Alliance; Portsmouth Education Partnership; Portsmouth Football Club; Portsmouth Friends of the Earth; Portsmouth Hive, Portsmouth International Port, Portsmouth Naval Base; Portsmouth NUS; Portsmouth Water; Shaping Portsmouth, Sustrans; University of Portsmouth.
Invitation to join the Board
We are actively looking for organisations that represent women and people of colour to join the Board. If this is you, or you have a recommendation, please get in touch.
Terms of Reference for the Board
The Terms of Reference can be found below.
All the minutes of the Board meetings, going back to the first meeting in September 2019, are uploaded on this page.