An Inspiring Night of Community Input to Belfast's Climate Action Plan

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An Inspiring Night of Community Input to Belfast's Climate Action Plan

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The community discussion on the initial draft of the Belfast Climate Action Plan held June 14th (a hybrid Zoom and in-person with 50+ people attending) was an inspiring event. Moderated by ABCD’s Sarah Kirn, we began with a visioning exercise where audience members shared ideas to “paint a picture of a future we all want to live.”

Visions included: a walkable/bikeable community, car-free lifestyle, better public transportation, electric vehicles & charging stations, net-zero homes for ALL, cleaned up industrial spaces, vibrant ecosystems.

Next we had an important discussion about power - who has it, where it is exercised (answer - in decision-making), and what power will the Climate Action Plan have (answer - its primary purpose is to advise and guide the City Council, who will need to adopt it). It was a good reminder to all of us to be clearer about how different ideas move into implementation.

We had time to dig into two topics from the draft: Transportation and Land Use. Overarching themes in our discussion included: education is vital to creating a carbon-free community, and all actions to accommodate climate change should be done with a commitment to making solutions work for everyone in our community, regardless of financial means. Responding to climate change presents an opportunity to address long-standing community problems such as inadequate housing and equity in opportunity. We have a chance to not only survive the coming changes, but to build a better world for each of us.

There is much more to discuss. We plan to schedule single topic meetings in the near future. Stay tuned!

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Belfast Climate Crisis Committee, ABCD Team

Date

June 14, 2022

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Belfast Climate Crisis Committee, ABCD Team

Citation

Belfast Climate Crisis Committee, ABCD Team, “An Inspiring Night of Community Input to Belfast's Climate Action Plan,” All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues, accessed September 27, 2022, https://abcdbelfast.omeka.net/items/show/117.

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