Welcome to the Parish Councils Area

This section will be regularly updated with useful resources and information that parish councils can use to address the climate and ecological crisis. It is designed specifically for parish clerks or councillors in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

You will find:

  • Resources that can help your parish with your low carbon ambitions.
  • Factsheets for use on your own websites, newsletters, socials etc. 

If you have any questions or have an idea of support you would like from us, please email shital@mea.org.uk.  

Why are we doing this?

As a result of human activity, the earth is approximately  1°C hotter than pre-industrial times. There is an urgent need for everyone to do their part in limiting this warming to less than 1.5°C - the threshold scientist believe will allow us to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. If the current warming trends continue, we are on course to reach the threshold around 2040.Protest sign 'No Planet B'

In May 2019, the UK parliament announced a national climate emergency, committing to a 100% reduction of its carbon emissions by 2050. Many parish, town and county councils have followed suit and declared their own climate emergencies. In Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, most local councils have now declared a climate emergency. You can see which councils have done so here.

We recognize that parish councils, although uniquely placed to stimulate local climate action, often lack support, resources and time for meaningful engagement with climate and ecological issues. We are working closely with the Derbyshire and the Nottinghamshire Associations of Local Councils to support parishes and towns in their climate mitigation efforts.