“But there is much still to be done and every one of us has to step up and play our part. That is why I am announcing a Liverpool City Region Climate Partnership to co-ordinate our response to the climate emergency and bring together all organisations that want to play their part in achieving the city region’s goal to be zero carbon by 2040 or sooner.
“The Year of the Environment, which has seen more than 10,000 people take part in more than 500 events and activities from across the City Region, has been a great start but what we need now is a Decade of the Environment.
“As a Combined Authority we’re already investing hundreds of millions across the city region to develop a greener economy and tackle climate change but we also want to ensure that communities can get involved. That’s why I have announced a £500,000 fund to build on this year so that our partners will be able to support more communities to engage in environmental activities.”
Gideon Ben-Tovim, Mayoral Adviser for the Natural Environment and Chair of Nature Connected, said:
“The success of the Year of the Environment, with thousands of people attending hundreds of event and activities, is testament to how much people care about their local environment, and how important it is to their lives.
“This event, our city region’s first Environment Summit, is vitally important. It gives us the opportunity to get together to take stock of where we are now and commit ourselves to what we need to do to tackle the climate emergency and protect our local environment.
“The establishment by the Metro Mayor of a Climate Partnership will help us to build on the momentum of our Year of the Environment and ensure that we collectively do what we can locally to address this global issue.”
Councillor Gillian Wood, Deputy Portfolio Holder for Low Carbon & Renewable Energy, said:
“Over the course of this summer, through LCR Listens, the largest engagement exercise the Combined Authority has ever undertaken, we listened to more than 7,000 people, to find out what is important to them.
“The environment was second only to transport as an area of concern, with respondents citing specific issues around their local environment, including littering and poor air quality. The £500,000 that the Combined Authority is putting into supporting community activities will mean that more people than ever before can get involved in environmental projects in their local area.”