LORD Mayor John Sheehan has called for Cork citizens to have their say as City Hall published a milestone document in the battle to tackle climate change in the city.
Cork City Council has released its Climate Change Adaptation Strategy draft plan which is the subject of a public consultation until September 13.
The document outlines seven themes the council will focus on to adapt to climate change.
These include efforts to increase the resilience of roads and transport infrastructure of Council-owned buildings, depots and housing; integration of climate action into land-use planning; better management of drainage, water and floods; protection of natural and cultural assets and working with communities, sectors and agencies in relation to adaption planning.
Lord Mayor John Sheehan said public input will be key in shaping City Hall’s efforts.
"It is important that as many people as possible have their say in this strategy. This is the first city-wide strategy since the extension of the boundary.
“The members of Cork City Council also established a climate change action committee to oversee this and other actions designed to improve Cork’s response to climate change. I look forward to reviewing the submissions and listening to the insight of the people of Cork," Mayor Sheehan added.
The city council’s director of planning and economic development Fearghal Reidy believes the document is a major step by Cork City Council in addressing climate change.
“With all national sectors developing distinctive adaptation strategies, it is at the local level as a local authority that Cork City Council can drive this agenda forward through our first adaptation strategy...We have developed a suite of over 50 actions which will allow us to respond appropriately to the climate change challenge," Mr Reidy added.
A copy of the draft Strategy may be inspected during normal business hours at City Hall and workshops for community and voluntary groups will be announced soon.