Cambridgeshire organisation launches radical response to 'climate emergency'
A new organisation is hoping to take action on climate change by establishing control centres in community buildings across Cambridgeshire.
Cambridgeshire Climate Emergency (CCE) say they want to provide "effective disaster response to the current climate emergency".
The independent group will create a network of "emergency control centres" across the county to coordinate community action.
CCE has already met with key members from Cambridgeshire County Council and South Cambridgeshire, including Lucy Frazer MP and Heidi Allen MP.
Stefan Haselwimmer, founder of CCE, said: "It's been almost four months since Cambridge City Council declared a climate emergency, and one month since Cambridgeshire County Council did the same.
"If we're serious about responding to the climate emergency, where are the emergency control centres?"
CCE's plan is to create a network of community-driven emergency control centres with "situation maps" that show the latest data, such as CO2 emissions and possible flood risks.
The goal of the maps will be to provide focus, drive urgency and increase public engagement.
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CCE also hopes to coordinate community action to reduce carbon emissions so that best practice is shared and different regions can collaborate to deliver large-scale low-carbon projects.
The idea for CCE was inspired by Stefan's own experience launching the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign in 2015.
"At the height of the refugee crisis, we helped bring the community together to achieve practical action on refugee resettlement," he said.
"The idea behind Cambridgeshire Climate Emergency is to build a similar 'People Power Grid' that empowers communities to achieve rapid action on climate change."
To help build the "People Power Grid", CCE is asking individuals across Cambridgeshire to register with CCE as "climate leaders" in their communities.
The group are looking for donations totalling £20,000 in order to fund a six-month pilot of the CCE "Climate Emergency Control Centre Network".
CCE will provide training and support to all climate leaders who sign up.
To register with Cambridgeshire Climate Emergency, go to http://camemergency.org or to donate to the project visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/cambridgeshire-climate-emergency