Kent County Council’s low emissions strategy sets an example for future generations

The Kent County Council is setting an example for future generations with their strategy to lower CO2 emissions over the next 25 years. This plan aims to clean up road transport, lower manufacturing emissions, and eventually phase out fossil fuels.

On a larger scale, streetlights around all of Kent have been upgraded to LED lighting to save energy, but eventually, smaller changes made from within towns and cities will influence more environmentally conscious changes.

Switching to eco-friendly options works like a domino effect and sets an example for future generations. The Lady Joanna Thornhill primary school recently put a new set of solar panels online and are already seeing changes in the community.

One of the school’s teachers, Mrs S. Ward, said; “We have probably got as many solar panels as we can have on our building. We would like to move into other eco saving ideas that would eventually quarter our electricity usage.”

Mrs Ward also said that the children are learning a lot about the environment, and that knowing how their actions could affect our planet will influence their future decisions.

She said that the children would work hard for fundraisers and charity walks to help raise the money to purchase the solar panels. The students are learning how to take care of the environment at a young age.

According to the Kent & Medway Energy & Low emissions Strategy, “the energy system in the UK and Kent is changing. Two-thirds of UK’s existing coal, gas and nuclear power stations are set to close by 2030.”

Threats to the environment and individuals’ way of life is not always obvious. Low air quality can impact health in the future. The current plan references exponential growth in the Medway area, which is cause for more industrial building and construction in the area.

Not only can commercial and housing areas be updated to be environmentally friendly, but it is a goal of the KCC to upgrade certain methods in industrial zones as well.

According to the Strategy, “Poor air quality affects everyone and has long term impacts on all, with a disproportionate impact on the old, sick and poor, and the impact on the growth and development of children being a particularly significant risk.”

With these potential threats, it is more important now than it ever was, that the current generations work towards a common goal, said Mrs Ward. She hopes that the children will be inspired and carry these lessons with them as they grow up.

“You hope to lead by example and show that we can do it. They are seeing that they can drive change. It is very inspiring.”

1 Comment on "Kent County Council’s low emissions strategy sets an example for future generations"

  1. Very good. The younger generation is educating the world to bring beneficial solutions to save the planet.

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