ACE is dedicated to making sure our corner of the Yorkshire Dales is able to avoid some of the worst excesses of climate breakdown. With this in mind, we were pleased when Richard Boothman, a member of our steering group was invited to talk to the policy committee of Friends of the Dales https://www.friendsofthedales.org.uk/ about climate breakdown.
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Growing the green recovery was discussed on Saturday 13 March at a virtual conference organised by Action on Climate Emergency (ACE) Settle and area. Last autumn’s ACE conference ‘Making the Most of the Green Recovery’ heard presentations and discussed ideas around ‘building back better’. This conference took the next step by discussing how these and other ideas could be put into practice.
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National Parks are failing to step up to the climate change crisis according to a report launched today (2 October) and supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Overall woodland cover across all national parks in England is less than 15% and several of England’s most iconic national parks (including the Yorkshire Dales) have lower woodland cover than our large cities.
Mapping by Friends of the Earth shows some national parks could have up to seven times more woodland than they currently do while important habitats, such as peatbogs, were found to be in worse condition in national parks than in the rest of England.
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The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has launched its second consultation on a local plan for the national park. The plan will set out policies that will shape what development can and can’t take place in our national park between 2023 and 2040. How many new homes a year should be built in the Yorkshire Dales National Park to sustain communities? Would you like new development to be ‘zero carbon’? Should planning policies support development that helps Dales farmers to intensify production? These are the main questions in this consultation, which represents the next step in the process of creating a new Local Plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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