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Following the end of the COP26 summit on climate change, the people of Stevenage are being asked to look at a range of everyday steps of climate action they can adopt to help the town get to its goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2030.

People are being asked to go #OneStepGreener for the planet and make a change to reduce the amount of CO2 they are responsible for as individuals – over the coming weeks, months and years. To help residents, Stevenage Borough Council has put together a range of ten pledges based on suggestions put forward by the citizens’ climate change panel in 2020.

The pledges include walking or cycling more short journeys, working from home more and reducing food waste. For those who can go further, they could eat less meat or switch to an electric vehicle.

Residents are also invited to take a picture of themselves holding their pledge and Tweet it to @StevenageBC or to @stevenageboroughcouncil on Facebook.

Councillor John Gardner, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration, said:

“COP26 underlined a key moment for all of us to stand up and make a pledge to the people of our borough on the issue of climate change. We can no longer sit back and do nothing.

“Not only do we stand by our commitment to be net zero carbon by 2030, but we also pledge to take climate action as a council and ask our residents to join us so we can enjoy a sustainable future which mitigates the worst effects of climate change.

“We have reflected on what we as your council can do to protect our borough and reduce our contribution to climate change and I would ask us all in Stevenage to think carefully about one small thing we could do that would reduce the impact on our climate at a local level; even in our own homes. Together we can do so much more.”

The ten pledges to help you get started on the journey to net zero can be found on the Climate Change page.

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