‘No vaccine for climate change’ says North Yorkshire Rural Commissioner

Whitby Esk Energy was one of the local case studies in the latest hearing of the North Yorkshire Rural Commission. The report on the hearing starts with:

“There is no vaccine for climate change and no simple expedient whereby we can flick a switch and it will all go away. We are coming through an existential pandemic crisis and now have to face the existential crisis of climate change.”

These are the words of scientist and business leader Dr Debbie Trebilco as she opened the Rural Commission’s latest evidence session.

During a day-long online hearing this week, the commission, which consists of eight independent experts, heard evidence about the huge opportunities and challenges presented to North Yorkshire by the growth in renewable energies and the need to make fundamental changes to reduce carbon omissions here.

Themes which repeatedly emerged during the sessions were the imperative to work with public and private sector partnerships, the vital role to be played at hyper local level – with communities driving their own projects and programmes, and the extensive job opportunities the renewable sector can offer the county.

To read the full report visit North Yorkshire County Council’s website.

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