'Fix the broken system'

Local authorities are taking the lead in trying to alleviate the climate crisis but there is a definite disconnect between the actions of Westminster and those on a local level, as Eleanor Radcliffe and Sarah Longlands explain.

A t a time when both Westminster and the Scottish Government have U-turned on their climate commitments, local authorities across the UK are plugging the gap in their efforts to tackle the climate crisis. However, while localities recognise climate action will be one of the critical factors shaping our places to ensure they are fit for the future, this work often goes under the radar, under-appreciated and under-funded.

Local authorities are taking action on climate because they know it's the right thing for their places and not, as one officer put it ‘because the Government is allowing us to'.

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