Sea level rise puts us at risk in West Norfolk, Lynn News letters
I also thank the many members of the public who were keen to talk about the immense challenge facing us, as well as some potential solutions.
The reality of climate change, and the existential threats it brings, are now firmly on the public agenda.
Wise words from both ends of the age scale, from David Attenborough to Greta Thunburg, as well as the Extinction Rebellion protests in London, appear to be focussing minds, and not before time.
Whilst national and international leaders need to act now, climate change is not just a global issue but a local one too.
Parts of Lynn and The Fens are below sea level, and only a moderate rise will put our town and countryside at risk of being permanently flooded. There are concerns as to the availability of fresh water, both for drinking and irrigation, and unpredictable, unseasonal weather is already proving a challenge for farmers.
Local authorities need to make it much easier for residents to lead low-carbon lifestyles, by making walking and cycling easier, improving public transport, maintaining and improving green spaces such as The Walks and Harding’s Pits and curbing motor traffic in town.
The local elections are coming up on Thursday. Ask your local candidate what they will do to ensure the borough council plays its full part in the battle against climate disaster. Voters in Gayton, Grimston and surrounding villages Central Lynn, West Winch, The Woottons, and North Downham have Green Party candidates who are already fighting for the long-term future of West Norfolk. Local councillors can have a big influence of what sort of future we leave for our children and grandchildren.