Often included in mission statements, publicity and manifestos, the green agenda can sometimes seem like hot air with little action to make sustainability work. Real efforts are being made on the coast to make green recovery and real change happen. Sarah Baker, Climate Change and Environment Manager at East Lindsey District Council, explains how Skegness and Mablethorpe will be approaching green recovery.
It has been a long time coming, but the green agenda is finally being mapped on the Lincolnshire coast. A green recovery is something that the Connected Coast and the towns of Skegness and Mablethorpe will play a guiding role in.
In my position as Climate Change and Environment Manager, I have been asked to create an achievable framework for bringing focus to green infrastructure and recovery in the area. We are in the early stages however, it is encouraging to see the green agenda written into the Town Investment Plans for both Skegness and Mablethorpe. This shows there is already a joined-up way of thinking about the environment around both towns and that is truly exciting for the work that we will be setting out in time.
At the moment, we are gathering partners passionate about the coast and its future. We are particularly interested in working with the area’s health and wellbeing professionals as well as seeking to address wider issues across the board. The green agenda has the ability to deliver so many different benefits to support our local communities.
We are also keen to ensure that the area has a clear carbon reduction agenda by bringing together stakeholders and projects that seek to make a positive change too and we will be working with residents and businesses to ensure the Lincolnshire coast plays its part in adapting and mitigating against climate change.
One of the first things we hope to be able to achieve and when restrictions around COVID are relaxed is a Climate Change Assembly for the District which we hope stakeholders along the Lincolnshire Coast will get involved in.
We are also keen to set up a carbon charter award scheme for businesses to take part in, providing support to help them lower their emissions and sealing their commitment to positively impacting the environment.
What is important to stress right now is that the interest is there, it is simply harnessing and bringing that feeling together to ensure the area is doing what it can.