Laura Sharman 25 June 2020

Rural councils join forces to tackle climate change

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A coalition of 21 rural councils, in partnership with UK100, have launched the Countryside Climate Network this week.

The Network aims to ensure rural communities play an active role in helping meet the ambition of net zero by 2050.

Chair of the Countryside Climate Network and leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, cllr Steve Count, said: 'Cambridgeshire may be low-lying and vulnerable to sea level rise, yet far from a rural backwater, it has the highest ratio of entrepreneurs nationally, many focussed on advanced cleantech.

'It can be hard to meet our sustainable ambitions when unlike urban areas we have additional pressures of needing to fund essential bus services to remote communities or invest in broadband because the market doesn’t reach isolated areas. These examples of typical rural disadvantage combined with a funding gap in rural areas twice that of our urban counterparts, diminshes our stretched resources further.'

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