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22 October - 13 November
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DecarboN8 Dialogues

Cumbria youth & community perspectives

My local area theme

What’s on offer?

Calling young people passionate about low-carbon innovation in transport! Join us for an interactive workshop to make your voice heard and:

  • Discover what communities, young people, local authorities, businesses and non-governmental actors are doing together in Cumbria to decarbonise transport
  • Explore what their challenges and opportunities are
  • Discuss your ideas and shape the local policy and solutions.

You can join in-person or online - details will be shared with you once registered.

What’s it about?

A dialogue between community and youth representatives and policy-makers in Cumbria on place-based low-carbon innovation in transport. Join our researchers and local environmental and council leaders and be part of innovating solutions for the future.

Cumbria holds the UK’s largest National Park, a World Heritage Site. It also has the most extreme mobility patterns: 47 million tourists visit the area annually, increasing the local population 94-fold, mainly over the summer. During winter, rural communities, and especially the elderly, experience isolation. Remoteness and deprivation exacerbate disaster-risk: the 2015 floods saw >25% of flooding in the 30% most deprived households and incurred a total of £1.6 billion in damages.

Aware of the enormous scale and urgency of the climate change challenge, Cumbria and the North are highly innovative. Carlisle, Kendal, Penrith and many councils have declared a climate emergency and their plans and strategies emphasise low carbon innovation. A focus on low carbon innovation and sense of place as a destination of global significance are critical parts of this.

Who’s leading the event?

Lancaster University researchers and DecarboN8 Research Network will be joined by:

  • Copeland Climate Panel representatives 
  • Cumbria Youth Climate Group representatives 
  • Local Authority Climate Co-ordinator for Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership at Cumbria County Council
  • Westmorland and Furness Council representative

Open to

Young people and adults.
Please get in touch if you have any questions - Shona McCulloch

Of particular interest to

Anyone interested in low-carbon innovation in transport in Cumbria.

- Cumbrian community climate action participants
- Cumbria Youth Climate Leaders
- Cumbria policy-makers focused on low carbon transport

Scheduling information

As part of a wider event on transport innovation, you are welcome to attend other sessions throughout the day.