Use our Resources page to find out more about what we can do to tackle the climate crisis here in North Craven.
All about net zero
Everyone’s saying we have to get to ‘net zero emissions’, but what does that actually mean? Net zero means cutting greenhouse gas emissions to as close to zero as possible, with any remaining emissions being re-absorbed from the atmosphere, by oceans and forests for instance. Find out more about net zero from the UN.
How do we reach net zero in Settle?
The Settle Roadmap assesses current carbon emissions in Settle and explores how we could reduce our carbon emissions to net zero by 2030. You can watch an introduction to Settle Roadmap by Andy Gouldson, Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Leeds, at an ACE Green Cafe in 2021 [time signature 48:38]. The Settle Roadmap was commissioned by Settle Town Council and produced by the University of Leeds.
You can also read Settle Town Council’s Climate and Biodiversity Policy, adopted in 2021. The Town Council have set up a Climate Change & Biodiversity Steering Group to monitor progress on this policy.
Are there net zero plans for North Yorkshire?
York and North Yorkshire’s Routemap to Carbon Negative sets out the region’s ambitious plans to be net zero carbon by 2034 and carbon negative by 2040. You can also read North Yorkshire Council’s draft Climate Change Strategy produced in April 2023.
Energy and insulation
Learn about installing solar panels
ACE member Paul Kelly shares his experience of installing and using solar panels at his home in Giggleswick.
Find out where your house needs more insulation
ACE have been loaned a Thermal Imaging Camera. This detects infrared energy (heat) and converts it into a visual image – see the image of a Settle house at the top of this page.To borrow the camera and learn how to use it, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming soon: a Local Energy Club
ACE are planning to set up a Local Energy Club. Local Energy Clubs [LEC] bring together people who are generating energy (community organisations, businesses and individuals with solar panels) and local people who would like to buy their energy more cheaply. The LEC gives energy generators a better price for their electricity, and lower bills to energy consumers. An LEC operates as a Community Interest Company, run by local consumers under a registered constitution. Join ACE to support us in setting up an LEC for Settle.
Growing the green recovery
Growing the Green Recovery was an ACE Green Cafe held in 2021 with some really interesting speakers.
- Neil Heseltine, Farmer and Chair of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, talks about how farming can respond to the climate crisis.
- Anna Clayton from Food Futures Lancaster, an award-winning sustainable food network, on making our food system more resilient, sustainable, fair and healthy.
- Carol Douglas, Woodland Officer, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, on the Together for Trees project and the importance of trees for biodiversity and climate resilience.
- John Forbes, Project Manager for Zero Carbon Cumbria, outlines the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership’s plans to be carbon neutral by 2037.
Films about the climate crisis
Watch Turning Tragedy into Triumph, David Attenborough’s speech to the UN Climate Talks COP 26 in Glasgow 2022.
Watch Don’t Choose Extinction, a short UN video featuring a talking dinosaur.
United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021
Green up your lifestyle, your home, your community, your business…
US site which challenges the spin that attempts to discredit climate science
Friends of the Earth environmental campaign
North Yorkshire CPRE the countryside charity
Power For People
Extinction Rebellion Skipton & the Dales
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust cares for the people, landscape and wildlife of the Dales and helps everyone to appreciate and enjoy this special place