Plastic-freeWhat we want to achieve

To increase awareness of climate change issues, to engage those who live, study or work in Medway in decision making, and to support community action to see positive change. We also want to provide regular updates on our progress against this Action Plan.

How we will do this

We have set out a range of actions for how Medway can respond to the climate emergency. These range from actions that the council will take to lead by example, to those that will support the community to take action.

Some of the key actions are highlighted below.

 

Engage with the Medway Place Board and Medway Champions to develop awareness and explore joint opportunities to achieve net zero carbon targets.

To achieve this, we will:

  • develop and deliver a Medway Champions training module
  • explore opportunities to engage with young people through the Medway Place Board
  • develop an informal staff network to become conduits for future campaign information and share best practice.

 

Support Kent County Council and other Kent districts to develop a joint communications, engagement and behaviour change strategy and action plan.

 

Design and deliver the 'Small Changes' public information campaign focusing on how individuals can reduce their carbon footprint. For example, we will continue to provide guidance on sorting and reducing household waste.

 

Create a programme of events and opportunities for our communities to contribute to the developing action plan.

 

Give regular progress updates on the Council's web pages, social media platforms and Medway Matters.

 

Identify groups in Medway working towards community climate action to showcase their efforts and seek out funding opportunities to support their work

 

Engage with schools, colleges, and universities to make sure we are working together towards carbon net zero. Ensure advice is available about reducing their carbon emissions and the support available for them to do so.

 

Incorporate climate change into Medway's Public Health Schools Programme, including in the Better Medway Schools Award, and consider supporting the Eco Schools international programme.

Find out about the Eco Schools international programme.

Read all the actions

To read all the actions in our plan:

Progress

To inform our Action Plan and our approach to tackling climate change, we held a staff workshop in April 2019. The workshop aimed to generate ideas from staff, identify actions already underway and gather ideas for further action.

We attended and supported Medway Youth Council’s annual conference, about climate change, in November 2019. We appointed a representative from the Medway Youth Council to become a member of our Climate Change Member Advisory Board.

At the end of 2019, we sought views from residents on climate change using the Citizens Panel. This resulted in 210 responses.

We have participated in the KM Green School Awards for the last 2 years. And we have supported schools in raising the awareness of what impact air quality can have on their health, the environment they live in, and supporting them in changing the ethos within their schools.

We have employed a climate response engagement officer, who will be dedicated to ensuring that everyone can engage with climate action.

In August 2021 we published our Climate Response Communications and Engagement Strategy.