Biodiversity and Climate Emergency
In April 2019, Maidstone Borough Council declared a Biodiversity and Climate Emergency. You can see the declaration here.
What we're doing
We have formed a cross party working group to develop an ambitious action plan to protect and enhance local biodiversity and address the climate emergency.
We are gathering information about emissions from our own activities including our buildings and vehicles and will use this to create a plan to reduce those emissions to net zero by 2030.
We will be seeking views from young people, residents and landowners and land managers on ways to restore lost biodiversity and address the unfolding climate emergency.
We are determined to use our influence and local networks to support our partners, local businesses and residents to make Maidstone Borough a leader in clean technology and wildlife friendly land management.
We're also currently working on projects to tackle climate change including:
- working with landowners and businesses to reduce their environmental impacts and restore and reconnect our fragmented natural habitats.
- lobbying Maidstone Council and their partners such as KCC to make their climate change and biodiversity strategies and policies more urgent and ambitious.
- advocacy for tough new Maidstone Local Plan policies to reduce the environmental impact of new development and restore our natural environment.
- working with utility and other infrastructure providers to ensure resilience and adaptation to severe weather and other climate change impacts
- encouraging our staff to use Ecosia as their web browser as Ecosia use their profits to plant trees.
- running Go Green Go Wild to encourage residents and businesses to look after the wildlife on their doorstep.
- encouraging drivers to switch-off their engines when stationary
- promoting the Warm Homes Scheme to improve the energy efficiency of your home
How you can help
Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse’ gas which contributes to global heating and ocean acidification) released into the atmosphere as a result of your daily activities. Significantly, transport has become the largest emitting sector of the UK economy.
You can calculate your carbon footprint
You could consider;
- putting any food you don’t eat in the food waste bin that is collected each week or alternatively building a compost heap for your peelings and garden waste
- reducing your meat and dairy intake is one of the biggest ways to reduce your environmental impact on the planet Saving the planet, one meal at a time
- turning down your heating a degree, draught proofing and insulating your home
- turn off lights and appliances when you don’t need them and replace light bulbs with LEDs or other low energy lights
- gardening for wildlife by using native plants, cutting out pesticides, digging a pond and leaving wild areas such as areas of long grass and wood piles
- don’t replace gardens with paving or artificial grass
- use a water butt to collect rainwater for watering plants and don’t use sprinklers for lawns
- making some journeys on foot, bike or by public transport. This website shows options for many journeys
- drive smoothly and make sure your car’s tyres are fully pumped and that the oxygen sensors are in good order
- cut down on flying and when flying is unavoidable, pay a little extra for carbon offsetting
- switching your electricity to a green supplier or tariff
- initiating or taking part in tree planting events near you
- give unwanted items a new life by donating them to charity or selling them on
- consider taking Action for insects as shown by Kent Wildlife Trust. Insects pollinate three quarters of our food crops, and are the main food source for many birds, small mammals and fish.