5 Live puts national focus on local climate action in Leeds: City on a Mission


BBC Radio 5 Live is launching a new year-long project that will follow the city of Leeds in its efforts to cut carbon emissions.

Leeds has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2030. BBC Radio 5 Live will follow families, business people, campaigners, and local leaders for a year as they seek to make the changes needed to deliver a greener future for the city.

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Climate Encounters

Thursday, 1 July, 2021 - 19:00 to Sunday, 4 July, 2021 - 17:15

A festival by Yorkshire Dance exploring how we can dance to a sustainable future.

The climate emergency is increasingly understood as the biggest challenge we face. Artists of all disciplines have been making iconic work in response to this crisis globally for decades, however dance has not been leading the way.  With this small festival Yorkshire Dance asks how dance helps us to move forward, digest science and find solutions? How does it shape hope within this complex problem and or provides us with new experiences, encounters and insight?

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New Leeds solar and insulation scheme launches for low-income homeowners

Eligible residents will be able to install energy saving technology—including solar panels, cavity wall insulation and, in some areas, external wall insulation—completely free of charge.
Leeds City Council has secured £5.6m from the Government’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, to make nearly 685 of the city’s coldest homes healthier, warmer, and cheaper with energy saving measures. The work supports the council’s efforts both to reduce fuel poverty and tackle climate change and will be carried out in partnership with Better Homes Yorkshire. 

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New film created for climate commission launch

A new film to launch the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission - PCAN's newest (and biggest) addition to our growing network of commissions - premiered yesterday (17 March) to an online audience of more than 400 people.

The film, presented by BBC Meteorologist Paul Hudson, sets out the climate change challenge for the sprawling region and showcases a range of inspirational "success stories" from organisations and groups.

Watch the film here.

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Climate Commission shows moving to net-zero emissions can help Leeds’ post-Covid recovery

Taking action on climate change could save Leeds £651m per year and create 1,500 jobs for the next decade, a new report has revealed. 

These social and economic benefits could be a central part of the city’s post-Covid recovery plans says the Leeds Climate Commission, which has produced a Net-Zero Carbon Roadmap for Leeds. It shows how the city can achieve its ambition of net-zero emissions by 2030 with many positive benefits for health, equality, travel, housing and the environment.

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