Stirling’s young people to have their say on the climate emergency

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Young people will be able to have their say in the climate emergency is a new move by Stirling Council.

The council are gathering young people’s opinions on the climate emergency through a survey, which will be available until Sunday August 30.

The local authority has been canvasing public opinion on ways to tackle climate change. 

They have been collecting public opinion through an online survey which has been out for the past six months.

Already, more than seven hundred surveys have been completed, which will all feed into the Council’s wider Climate Emergency Action Plan. 

Stirling Council have been collecting the public’s opinions on the climate emergency for six months. Credit: Harry Williamson

Cllr Jim Thomson, convener of Environment and Housing has called for more young people in Stirling to fill out the survey, citing their strong contribution to the climate change debate so far.

Thomson said: “This survey was launched only a matter of days before life changed for all of us with the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“However, the number of responses we’ve received prove that, despite the current crisis, many people are still concerned about the climate emergency and what we can do to avert it.

“One of the strongest voices in the global fight against climate change has been the youth voice and we want to make sure the young people of the Stirling Council area have their say.

“This is a genuine opportunity for people who care about the environment to talk to us, and help us do more to protect it.”

Stirling Council declared a climate emergency in October 2019. Credit: Harry Williamson

Vice convener, Cllr Danny Gibson, added: “This survey is just the first step on a long road but it’s important to capture as many voices as possible in these early stages to make sure our plans represent the diversity of our community.

“So whether you want to see more active travel in the city centre, or care passionately about letting grass verges flourish on rural roadsides, time is running out for you to have your say in this initial conversation.”

The survey takes around 15 minutes to complete, and it focuses on opportunities to improve the quality of life for people in the entire of Stirling Council area.

Additionally, shaping the city and the surrounding areas to be greener, cleaner, healthier, and fairer. 

Climate change demonstrations have taken place outside of council headquarters. Credit: Harry Williamson

Last October, Stirling Council declared a climate emergency and vowed to take action to combat climate change in Stirling. Since then demonstrations and school strikes have taken place outside of council headquarters at Old Viewforth.

The link to the survey can be found here:

Feature image credit: Harry Williamson

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