Greener Tywyn Gwyrdd is proud to announce that Tywyn has become the third town in Wales, and the first in Gwynedd county, to declare a climate emergency after Tywyn Town Council backed the decision unanimously on February 13th 2019. The town is following in the footsteps of nearly 300 local governments in the UK and around the world including London, Vancouver, Los Angeles, our neighbouring town of Machynlleth and Powys County Council.
More than 700 locals signed a petition to show support for the motion, including Sir John Houghton, former co-chair of the Science Working Group of IPCC, and nearly 200 students from Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn (Tywyn High School).
A consultation group, led by Greener Tywyn Gwyrdd, will work towards preparing an action plan to transition Tywyn to a low-carbon town by assessing its current carbon footprint. These ambitions include:
- improving the energy efficiency of local buildings,
- encouraging renewable energy developments such as an ‘energy local’ purchasing co-op,
- increasing green spaces and planting trees,
- reducing single-use products in the town with the help of Surfers Against Sewage,
- introducing charging points for electric cars, car-sharing clubs, cycling paths, and so on.
These changes would not only benefit the environment, but would also have a positive impact on health, agriculture, local tourism, economy and personal finance.
Also under consideration is the development of a plan to make Tywyn more resilient to climate impacts, such as flooding due to rising sea levels and drought brought on by higher temperatures during the summer months.
According to the IPCC Special Report that came out in late 2018, the world has just 12 years to cut carbon emissions to net-zero and keep global temperatures from rising beyond 1.5C. Surpassing this by even half a degree would result in catastrophic droughts, floods, extreme heat, and food and water scarcity, not to mention irreversible damage to wildlife, precious ecosystems and humanity itself.
Although the task ahead may seem daunting, Tywyn will not be working alone. Zero Carbon Britain and Ecodyfi are just down the road, and nearby towns such as Machynlleth and Aberystwyth will be undertaking similar exercises at the same time. Greener Tywyn Gwyrdd could also approach the MSc program at the Centre for Alternative Technology for help with researching a model of ‘Sustainable Tywyn’.
If you would like to find out more about the net-zero carbon movement and Greener Tywyn Gwyrdd’s ideas for a better future, we invite you to come along to our 1st Birthday Party on March 23rd between 1 and 5 p.m. The programme includes:
- an uplifting media presentation by Paul Allen of Zero Carbon Britain entitled ‘Extraordinary Story of Human Beings, Happiness and Tywyn’ (rating: 12A)
- information stalls and demonstrations (along with free tea and cake)
- a ‘green’ raffle with lots of eco-friendly prizes