Keeping The Focus...
Keeping The Focus...


I have been around long enough and had the experience of working in different organisations to know that it can be very hard to keep a consistent focus on what's really important.

The Liberal Democrat part of the Town Council pushed really hard to get the Conservative part of the Town Council to accept that tackling climate change is an "emergency". However, it simply isn't enough for them to support the motion. It is what you do that really matters.

Concepts like global warming, fires in Australia and California, or even unprecedented flooding events in the UK can seem a long way from Totton. However, if climate change scientists are right, Totton will be quickly impacted by any increase in sea levels. Quite apart from contributing to the global effort to reduce carbon emissions, we really do have "skin in the game" when you realise just how vulnerable we are to flooding in places like Eling, Rushington, Central Totton, Testwood and Calmore.

The Town Council runs a lot of things and there are always new projects that members want to see done. However, once you accept climate change is the priority, you have to agree an action plan and everything else has to fit around all the measures we need to put in place.

At a meeting of the Town Council last night, I asked a committee Chairman if he would ensure that the topic is included on every future agenda, so that we can monitor progress and make sure the resources are in place for any actions agreed as necessary.

It sometimes feels like I am trying to push a gloopy substance up a hill and my contributions are as welcome as a scorpion in a lucky dip, but I keep pressing the matter.


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