On 31st October, Dr Cathie Wells of the Walker Institute delivered a workshop training to members of Henley Town Council and representatives of the local Greener Henley group at Henley Town Hall. The two-hour session which covered details on the scientific basis of climate change, how we define emissions scenarios, the current state of the climate according to the IPCC and advice on reaching Net Zero was well received, with plenty of opportunities for asking questions and discussion of the most recent findings.
Participants were able to log their ideas via an online polling system, as well as taking part in some smaller group discussions about action that can be taken in terms of limiting greenhouse gas emissions in the town and finding no regrets adaptation actions based on current climate projections. Ideas for future projects included involving schools in traffic surveys, using drones with thermal imaging cameras to take pictures of the town from above to encourage uptake of insulation and reviewing heating for the council’s own buildings.
It is hoped that following this training session, members of both groups will feel inspired to act on their ambitious plans for approaching Net Zero as soon as is possible.