EHDC welcomes new Climate Champion

East Hampshire District Council has welcomed Cllr Elaine Woodard as its Climate Champion. She will act as an ‘ambassador’ for the environment as the Council pursues the goals it has set out in its Climate and Environment Strategy. Cllr Woodard’s role is to inspire positive change for the climate and environment, and celebrate residents’ contributions to a sustainable future. She said: “I am delighted to take up the role of Climate Champion and to help deliver the new Climate and Environment Strategy. Climate change and the impact on our environment is the most important issue we face, and we all have a part to play in making the changes needed to address it. I look forward to working with our residents and learning from them how we can do things better.”

The Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and in August this year adopted its Climate and Environment Strategy. The strategy lays out how the Council will tackle the climate emergency and how it will work towards a sustainable future. It outlines how EHDC will reduce its carbon emissions to net-zero, and how it will use its influence as a planning authority to promote a sustainable low-carbon future, where people and nature thrive. The strategy will help the whole district deliver its part in the regional, national and international commitments on reducing emissions, and to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Welfare and Community Integration, said: “I would like to welcome Cllr Woodard as our new climate champion. This is a vital role in our work to achieve our ambitious goals on the environment. I am looking forward to working with her through the Climate and Environment panels and to promote the Council’s strategy to our wider community.”