Tell your colleagues that solar and wind is not new and should be embraced, that the council probably has the assets to take advantage of it, that if they need help they can get it from APSE Energy and the clincher - that it will generate some income as well as electricity, probably large amounts of money.
Climate emergencies have been declared and will come back to the top of the news list. Concentrating on cycle ways is a necessary part of addressing climate change but we also need to keep the big picture in mind. We can’t fall into the trap of working on one problem and ignoring another important one. By all means make smaller changes…but make them alongside the bigger stuff.
There is a clear argument to be made for a green recovery from coronavirus that local authorities can utilise to enhance the case for climate action. Coronavirus has shown the need for resilient and healthy communities, both of which are at further risk with increasing impacts of climate change and both of which can be enhanced with effective climate action. There are a variety of health, economic, resilience, equity and social co-benefits to climate action, which can be felt at the local level and are key to recovering from coronavirus and protecting and developing our communities and economies.
There are many alternative facts, stories and opinions available and everything depends upon perception but there is agreement that emissions have reduced and air quality has improved. Equally, economic output has fallen dramatically.
To meet climate targets we need investment at scale and solar is an opportunity councils cannot afford to ignore.