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Footsteps towards a better climate

  • We have looked at climate change and what we in Cornwall can do about it
  • Most scientists now agree one thing; we are at the beginning of a crisis
  • We know we can do something about this crisis if we start acting now

We are pleased to let you know with your help, during four months last year, 4262 households, organisations and individuals in Cornwall signed the Cornish Declaration on climate change and made serious carbon cutting pledges.

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Following an initiative and invitation from Truro Cathedral 50 representatives of organisations from local authorities, charities, churches, political parties and educational establishments agreed to support the above objectives and a planning group was set up last summer to run the Footsteps to Copenhagen Project leading up to the negotiations in December.

The Footsteps to Copenhagen Project aimed to:

a) Raise awareness amongst local people of the United Nations climate change negotiations to be held in December in Copenhagen, and

b) Deliver a message from the people of Cornwall to our Government about the need to make the necessary commitment at those negotiations to help ensure global temperature increases are aimed at keeping below 2°C.

Events in detail

Many events were planned to highlight The Cornish Declaration.

In September, Julian German, Cabinet Member for Waste and Environment, agreed with and supported the Cornish Declaration. He sought an agreement by the Council to endorse the Declaration. The motion successfully went to Full Council on 15th September.

In October a Climate Change Event in the Cathedral saw 300 people learn about various elements of the environment locally and globally and to raise awareness of the Copenhagen negotiations and the importance of the Cornish Declaration.

At the end of October marches and cycle rides took place from Penzance to Saltash, via Helston, Falmouth, Truro, St. Austell and Liskeard, with local events taking place along the way.

By December 5th last year, 3001 households, organisations and individuals in Cornwall signed the Cornish Declaration. This was a statement of the intention of Cornwall’s residents and visitors to live sustainable lives and reduce their carbon footprint. It urged the Government to negotiate for a deal at Copenhagen to keep global temperature increases to below 2°C. These were delivered to No 10 Downing St by six of the planning group in a bid to encourage Ministers going to Copenhagen that Cornwall is doing it's bit and urged them to do theirs in Copenhagen, despite being a really hard nut to crack.

Throughout the Project people were invited to sign up to individual simple actions to cut carbon. By December, 3001 declarations had been signed and 1261 individual actions made.

Even though the Project has come to a close, these Top Ten Pledges are still being made, recorded and researched and you are invited to work through them at your own pace, ticking off each one as you go. Please visit the top ten pledges website.

If you would like to know more about the Climate Summit in Copenhagen and future meetings go to

The Footsteps to Copenhagen Project planning group consisted of:

  • Canon Philip Lambert (Truro Cathedral)
  • Claire Eason-Bassett (Event Cornwall)
  • Oliver Baines (Groundswell/Transition Ladock)
  • Howard Curnow (Cornwall Wildlife Trust)
  • Bert Biscoe (Cornwall & Truro City councillor)
  • Phyllis Reddock (WI)
  • Robin Sellwood (Transition Truro/Truro Cathedral)
  • Sarah Wetherill (Transition Truro)
  • Lindsay Southcombe (FOE/Green Party)
  • Jemma Roberts (Coast).