The climate change emergency and what actions can be taken locally to combat it were the hot topics raised at a special film screening and panel discussion in Rickmansworth yesterday (Monday, October 18).
A panel of local experts took questions from the audience and debated key environmental issues in front of more than two hundred residents at Watersmeet Theatre.
Panellists included Tim Hill, Conservation Manager at Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Gareth Dunsmore, Chief Marketing Officer for McLaren, Dan Meredith, Energy Policy Expert for E.ON, Mark Kemp, Director of Environment and Infrastructure at Hertfordshire County Council, and Rose Lewis, Programme Manager from Woodoaks Farm/Soil Association.
Councillor Phil Williams, Lead Member for Environmental Services, Climate Change and Sustainability, who chaired the discussion said: “The idea of this evening was to invite as many people as possible to join the climate conversation as we strive to get Three Rivers district to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. I was delighted to see so many people engaging with this most important of issues and to have such a high calibre of conversation and debate among our panellists. But the conversation doesn’t stop there, we must continue looking at this issue every day in our own lives and our actions as a council – and that is exactly what we will do.”
The event was held in the build up to the twenty-sixth UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which takes place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12.