Climate Change Forum – how can the VCSE sector influence the debate?

Climate change and broader environmental concerns are a current hot topic of conversation, with Somerset County Council declaring an climate emergency in February 2019. These issues are no longer the preserve of environmental organisations: there are implications for health, education, and social care and, arguably, for the way VCSE organisations operate. This themed Forum will explore the key issues and start to look at ways in which the public and VCSE sectors can work together to rise to the challenges ahead, and we hope, be the start of an ongoing dialogue.

Speakers will include:

Pip Tucker, Public Health Specialist with the County Council.
Pip will discuss the principle health effects of climate change in Somerset, the VCSE’s role in sustainable communities, and a VCSE consultation towards the Climate Change Joint Strategic Needs Assessment JSNA.

Mickey Green, Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP).
Mickey will discuss what SWP are doing to help influence behaviour change, and how the wider VCSE sector can contribute.

The event will take place on Tuesday 25th February, from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Magdalen Farm, near Chard. There will the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Farm after the Forum.

You can book your free space here. Spaces are strictly limited to one per organisation.

Public Transport to the venue will be limited and we are therefore encouraging delegates to car share where possible – upon booking you will have to opportunity to offer to car share with another attendee. We will circulate details nearer the date of the event.

This event has been made possible thanks to sponsorship from Burnham and Weston Energy CIC. The Somerset VCSE Strategic Forum is supported by Somerset County Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and local infrastructure charities.