Tips to tackle climate change will be main topic of conference called by Derbyshire County Council
A CONFERENCE has been called by Derbyshire County Council to enable groups to air their views on how to tackle climate change.
The event, at Middleton-by-Wirksworth's Eco Centre on March 9, will highlight the threat of global warming and look at possible solutions.
Bosses at County Hall organised the conference after warning that extreme weather is set to become increasingly frequent over the next 40 years.
In an interview with the Derby Telegraph, the council's environment expert, Ian Stephenson, said that, unless action was taken, Derbyshire would be hit with an avalanche of problems such as melting roads, soaring hospital admissions, inhabitable homes and more flooding.
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The conference will include workshops and presentations from groups already tackling the problem, as well as stalls packed with useful information.
There will also be two national keynote speakers including Jerome Baddley, author of the 2020 Energy Strategy for Nottingham City, and Ruth Mayne, who co-founded the Low Carbon West Oxford group.
Ruth's group runs projects covering energy, transport, food, waste reduction and wildlife and won in the Low Carbon Communities Challenge.
It is hoped the conference – which will run from 9.45am to 4.15pm – will give people and organisations fresh ideas as to how they can play their part in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Cabinet member John Allsop urged people to go along.
He said: "Climate change affects everyone and we need to do as much as we can to help minimise the effects in the future. This conference is a great way for community groups to find out about new and different ways to help tackle climate change."
Anyone living in Derbyshire can book a free place by contacting Nick Pigula on 01629 53830 or by e-mailing nicholas.pigula@derbyshire. gov.uk.
Meanwhile, Derby Climate Coalition has welcomed Mr Stephenson's warning.
Peter Robinson, chairman of the coalition, said: "We need people to be talking about the issue as there are many people who don't think it is a problem.
"It reminds me of when doctors and scientists warned about the harm smoking can cause to a person's health.
"Initially, no one would believe them but now people do. The same will happen with the issue of global warming."
Visitors to the Derby Telegraph's www.thisisderby shire.co.uk website were unfazed by the warning.
Reader alvaston_pete wrote: "The sun controls our weather and it is entering a very quiet phase, meaning colder conditions in the years ahead, for us all. Extreme weather events are not more frequent now than they were in the past."
And robmickleoer posted: "Bearing in mind that the climate has not warmed for 16 years despite a 60% increase in CO2 emissions rather puts the 'mokkers' on this nonsense. Stop wasting taxpayers' money on this stupidity and fix the roads."