Prominent buildings in Leeds are switching off their lights for Earth Hour on 24 March 8.30pm - 9.30pm. The University of Leeds, Leeds City Council and the ITV studios are all switching off lights in a show of symbolic solidarity for the planet.
The first of thousands of trees has been planted in the upper River Aire catchment area in a bid to prevent "future catastrophic floods" in Leeds. Cllr Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, planted the first tree at a pilot site in Gargrave, near Skipton, as part of a natural flood management scheme. See the LeedsLive video and interviews
Young people in Leeds are leading the way when it comes to making promises for the planet.
Earth Hour (24 March, 8.30pm) is a chance to be part of a global initiative to help protect the world we love - and Brownies, Cubs, schools and youth organisations are currently making the running in Leeds on WWF's interactive map.
Lauren Fraser, an undergraduate at the University of Leeds, has compiled a database of resources on local and national climate resilience and adaptation to climate change for Leeds Climate Commission. Her work is finished, but there's potential for someone else to take up the reins, she writes in this blog.
Creating a positive and influential vision of a low carbon Leeds is essential to organisational uptake of measures to reduce emissions, a Leeds Climate Commission survey has found. The survey on communications and engagement showed that a lack of time, information, and resources all present barriers – but that having an inspiring vision to rally around would help to catalyse action.
A comprehensive database of Climate Resilience policies, programmes and documents has been compiled by University of Leeds student Lauren Fraser, including climate change adaptation action plans, reports on enhancing resilience weather and UK climate change projections by the Met Office. The data has been published on Data Mill North. Read a report here and see Lauren's blog here.
Leeds City Council is looking for people living, working and commuting in Leeds and the wider region to have their say on proposals to reduce air pollution and protect the health of people in the city. The public consultation runs until 2 March 2018.
Public responses to the consultation will shape the council’s final air quality proposal which will be presented to the government later in the year.
How does your organisation engage with people to reduce carbon emissions - and what are the main barriers to engagement? Leeds Climate Commission has developed an online survey to audit existing communication and engagement activity across the city to find out what low carbon measures organisations have already been undertaken or are planned.
The Leeds State of the City meeting is an annual high profile, civic event which brings together councillors from every ward in the city, directors and officers, as well as a range of external partners. The event raises awareness of a current challenge that the city faces, and work being done to tackle the issue across Leeds. The theme for this year was air quality and our Climathon winners were invited to present. Read Helena Darby's blog