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Climate / SIC says climate change survey results show ‘real desire for change’

SHETLAND Islands Council says it is “delighted” by the response to a recent community survey on climate change.

Nearly 850 people took part, and over 80 per cent said they believed the world is facing a climate emergency.

The survey highlighted top priority action areas of energy supply, transport, business and industry, and waste management.

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Other specific areas identified included ‘more green energy’, ‘tackling fuel poverty with support for householders to make changes’, ‘improved recycling, waste reduction and reuse’, ‘fixed links to the isles’, ‘better public transport provision’, and ‘education across all ages’.

The top reasons given for tackling climate change were ‘for future generations’, ‘global natural environment’, and ‘protecting people globally’.

Chairman of the council’s environment and transport committee Ryan Thomson said: “We are delighted with the high level of response to this important survey. Climate change is something that affects us all, and the number of people who took the time to respond shows our community’s desire to make a real difference to the issue.

“This is something we will be focussing keenly on as we begin to work on the ‘net-zero route maps’ for both the council and Shetland, which will lay out our plans, projections and framework as our work progresses.”

The climate change strategy team is now working with other council departments to focus on the insights gained from the survey results, and will share further details with the community when the SIC’s new climate change webpage is launched in the coming months.

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