Showing their love for the planet - The Evesham Observer

Showing their love for the planet

Evesham Editorial 22nd Feb, 2020   0

GREEN-THINKING campaigners across Evesham and Pershore gathered for events across the Vale to ‘Show Their Love’ for the planet and map out the key milestones towards a net-zero carbon country.

Chris Haynes, chair of Transition Evesham Vale (TEV) welcomed guests to ImaGine in Evesham and explained the Climate Emergency and encouraged guests to sign pink hearts to pledge their love for the planet during the event on Valentine’s Day.

Mayor of Evesham, Coun Mark Goodge, highlighted the opportunities for a healthier happier future and urged people to push for positive change in the drive towards producing no excess carbon dioxide emissions across the planet.

Greening Evesham lead Robin Walker introduced the Transition Timeline and challenged groups of three to identify the key milestones towards zero carbon in the key areas of energy, transport, food, waste and biodiversity. These were then plotted on a timeline through to a target of 2040 for Evesham to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

Kathy Haynes of TEV distributed pledge cards highlighting ten things visitors could do this year to reduce their carbon footprint. More pledge cards are currently available at ImaGine on the High Street.

Local environmentalist David Train then unveiled a painting by Mike Bagshaw depicting the Evesham Bell Tower with two flags flying showing the message the planet needs urgent attention and we need to take a different path to save it.

Meanwhile in Pershore, local people showed their love for animals, places, people near and far, and yet to be born, who will be affected by climate change.

Passers-by and community groups wrote their thoughts on green hearts and added their ideas about how they are going to help the environment.

More than 250 contributions from individuals and groups such as Sea Cadets, Mothers’ Union, Yarn and Good Company, Riverside Youth Centre, schools and churches were on display in Pershore Abbey Park on Valentine’s Day and are now in Pershore Abbey until the end of February.

Both events coincided with the launch of a survey to review the draft Wychavon Intelligently Green Plan which aims to reduce the carbon in the atmosphere in the fight to tackle Climate Change.

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