Three North West MEPs to speak at Climate Emergency Debate held in Wilmslow


Local residents are being invited to meet with three North West MEPs this week to learn what they are doing to tackle the Climate Emergency and how it affects us here in Cheshire.

A Climate Change Emergency evening, organised by Wilmslow for Europe and European Movement Macclesfield and East Cheshire, will be held at Wilmslow Parish Hall from 7.30pm to 9pm on Thursday 5th September.

The evening of informative discussion, which is free to attend, will be chaired by Sam Corcoran, Leader of Cheshire East Council, and include a panel of three of our North West MEPs: Jane Brophy (Liberal Democrats), Julie Ward (Labour) and Gina Dowding (Green).

Sarah Murphy, from the Wilmslow for Europe group, said "We would be delighted to welcome you there on the night. It will be a great opportunity to meet the politicians who represent us in the European Parliament and find out how their valuable work benefits us here in the North West.

"In a summer of record high temperatures and then devastating floods and the Whaley Bridge dam collapse, it could not be a better time to find out more about what they are doing to support environmental efforts locally."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Russell Young
Monday 2nd September 2019 at 8:44 pm
I trust they have loud voices.

They'll need them, as the constant stream of aircraft, one of the worst pollutants and causes of environmental damage take off over thier heads.

Where's their action on that ?.

Just meaningless talk.

Pippa Jones
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at 7:45 am
It’s heartening that at last the Climate Emergency is being taken seriously here in Wilmslow. We all need to take personal action... buying less, thinking about what we eat, finding ways to use active transport when we can rather than the car (which will have positive benefits for our health and wellbeing), grow more if we can, waste less and try not to fly so much. Life might feel better with less pollution, less traffic, less noise, more exercise and less pressure to spend.
It’s very easy to be cynical and say we won’t do anything until, say, the Chinese do...but we started the industrial revolution and perhaps it’s time we led the way and set an example...and who knows, we might feel better if we started to live less of a consumer, mad dash life style and took some steps to a more sustainable life.
We do need councils and governments to support us... public transport needs to be cheaper and more efficient to persuade us out of our cars (how come only Londoners over 60 get a free Oyster card? Could Manchester or CHESHIRE do the same? In Luxembourg all public transport is free which means there is much less congestion from cars); passivhaus insulation would reduce fuel bills; and safe walking/ cycling routes to school would make life better for students and less congested for drivers. There’s so much that needs to be done and in so little time. Our children and grandchildren will not forgive us for leaving them a scorched planet just because we couldn’t really be bothered to take action, or refused to do so because someone else ought to do it first... or because we were irritated at being challenged by a new generation of young activists who are challenging our traditional “let’s just carry on as we are” mentality. So well done to anyone who is doing anything... Councillors, MEPs, volunteers...join the clean team, plastic free Wilmslow, transition Wilmslow, In Bloom, friends of your local park, become a waste reduction volunteer, turn your heating down, get a compost heap if you can, only buy peat free compost, plant some pollinators, have a meat free day,buy a refillable water bottle and fill up at one of the Refill stations in town, buy a keep cup and never throw away another disposable cup, and change one car journey a week for an active travel journey and see what it feels like. And support the extraordinary, amazing young generation who are showing the way to a better lifestyle... because they know their futures depend on it. So go to the meeting if you can and show you care about the planet you are passing on to the next generation.
Christine McClory
Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 5:35 pm
Thanks for that Pippa. Really useful.
Can you tell us what passives us is, please?
Oliver Romain
Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 11:43 pm
Esther McVey opposes carbon targets.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 5th September 2019 at 3:20 pm
Yet another pointless remainer comment displaying the usual confusion.
No Russ, the worst pollutant by a country mile is the 15 or so countries burning down (rain)forest. Estimated 15-25% of new CO2 produced. The sensible action would be to freeze them out of the world economy while aiding them to stop. Of course this doesn't sit too well with dogooders as the inhabitants are "poor" and, of course, that old favourite, "deprived".
Julian Barlow
Thursday 5th September 2019 at 3:42 pm
“In a summer of record high temperatures and then devastating floods and the Whaley Bridge dam collapse, it could not be a better time to”..... clean and empty the gullies regularly, stop building on known flood plains, stop building on greenfield sites, engineer the roads with adequate drainage, stop the relentless development of Manchester Airport, stop passing the buck.
Oliver Romain
Friday 6th September 2019 at 10:58 pm
The vast majority of local residents support initiative such as this event. Don’t be put off by the moaning on this website. We can all do our bit. Start small and see where it takes you. Positivity will win the day.
Pippa Jones
Saturday 7th September 2019 at 6:50 am
Thanks for the kind comments Christine. Passiv Haus is a buildings standard which involves the very best building techniques to ensure the smallest amount of energy is required to heat them. Building to the highest standards, and renovating existing buildings to be as energy efficient as possible could reduce energy bills and carbon emissions, as well as making buildings warm and dry. A win: win you would think so it would be great to see it become a political priority.
Russell Young
Saturday 7th September 2019 at 6:21 pm
Simon, I did say 'one of', not 'the'.

Aircraft pollution needs dealing with as a matter of urgency, but without doubt it's being sidelined, because it's inconvenient.

It's lazy to go for the easy targets, but that's what is happeniing.

As I said, returning to the article, just meaningless talk.