North Ayrshire Council is hosting an online event – with a range of high-profile speakers – as they lay down their commitment to tackling climate challenge.

The message from the local authority will be that ‘WE MUST ACT NOW’ as they set out their vision for how everyone can play their part in fighting the global problem.

The event will help the Council launch its Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy 2021- 2023 (ESCCS 2021-2023).

Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, will be hosting the event.  World record-breaking biologist and conservationist Sasha Dench, who is also UN Ambassador for Migratory Species and founder of Conservation Without Borders, will be the guest speaker for the evening.

The other four panel speakers are:

Mathew Lawrence, The founder and Director of Common Wealth,  who will share his expertise on ownership models for a democratic and sustainable economy.

Dr Paul Tuohy of the Energy Systems Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde, who was also on the Scottish Government Expert Panel on future building regulations that contributed to the ‘Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland’.

Jude King is the Strategic Project Development Manager for Arran Eco Savvy. Jude has led ambitious community-led, carbon reduction projects in waste reduction, energy and water efficiency, sustainable food, low carbon travel and climate literacy.

Aaran McDonald, a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Cunninghame South, and a Trustee for Advocacy and Projects at the Scottish Youth Parliament will provide a young person’s perspective and experience on the ground in North Ayrshire.

Ahead of the event, Councillor Cullinane said: “The landmark climate report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate, which was published on Monday, underlined the severity of the situation we are in. It says the global warming limit of 1.5 degrees will be hit within 20 years.

“We simply have to act now. It’s absolutely essential that we, as a Council, show leadership and take action against climate change in North Ayrshire.

“We have been active in reducing carbon emissions since our first Carbon Management Plan in 2006. Through work to reduce fossil fuel usage, carbon emissions across the Council’s estate have reduced by 45%. On 11th June 2019 North Ayrshire Council declared a Climate Emergency, committing to further act on Climate Change and aspire to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. Our Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy reinforces our absolute commitment to tackling climate change.

“Now we are pressing ahead and have a bold vision of becoming one of the first Councils to reach net-zero carbon emissions within the next decade.

“But we can only do so much. We need everyone to buy into change and that’s why this event is so important. We are thrilled to have attracted such high calibre speakers, who will provide various viewpoints, and we want you to join in the debate.”

To watch the event go to North Ayrshire Council’s Facebook Page. It will be streamed on Facebook Live from 6.30pm on Thursday, 19 August.