A project to communicate the possible impacts of climate change by taking it from the global perspective down to the local and answering the question 'How will climate change affect me?' was announced at the weekend.
The project launched by Tomorrow's England is an 18 month joint venture between Beyond Green, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Groundwork UK, National Federation of Women's Institutes, National Trust, RSPB, Transport 2000, Woodland Trust and WWF-UK.It will investigate the possible impacts of climate change on England, region by region and even town by town, in terms of changing patterns of:- Weather and weather events - Landscapes and their wild animals and plants - Land use, including agriculture, and employment - Settlement patterns and population movements - Personal lifestyles, health and well being The aim is to explain the possible impacts of climate change in ways that actually make sense to people. Climate change mapping will paint a picture of possible futures on a 'perhaps' and 'what if' basis in ways that inspire people to address the issues.Green-Engage Communications spokesman Stephen Hounsham said: 'Tomorrow's England will attempt to address the key question on people's minds that has yet to be answered: 'How will climate change affect me?' It will paint a vivid picture of future England in terms of what we might see from our windows and how we might lead our lives. Crucially it aims to take climate change from the global level right down to the local, investigating possible impacts on people and places in this country, region by region and even town by town. It aims to make climate change something people want to talk about and deal with.'RSPB head of public relations Paul Lewis added 'Millions of us enjoy the wildlife of our countryside, towns and gardens but don't appreciate just how vulnerable it is to climate change. This project will help us to talk to people about how climate change is affecting the wildlife they love. It will also help them understand what they can do about it, both as individuals and as communities.'