We’re living in a time of extraordinary change. Our daily habits and routines are leaving an indelible mark on the world around us, and it’s time to step up. In Liverpool City Region, the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) has been leading the charge, tackling the climate emergency head-on. There’s a lot we can learn from their ambitious Climate Action Plan. Here’s the low-down.

The Challenge

First things first, let’s take a look at what we’re up against. The past decade saw average annual global greenhouse gas emissions reach record levels. No kidding. This is serious stuff. If we don’t act swiftly, we could miss our chance to limit global warming to a bearable 1.5°C. You heard it right – we’re at a crossroads. The decisions we make now will define the world we leave behind. 

MRWA has taken a bold stand against this challenge. In 2019, they declared a climate emergency, committed to reducing the climate change impacts of their activities, and began inspiring everyone across the Liverpool City Region to prevent waste and reuse, repair, and recycle more. That’s commitment, right?

People, Planet and Economy

Now, onto the plan. MRWA’s Climate Action Plan revolves around three big themes – People, Planet, and Economy. This means they’re considering everything, from how we as individuals change our behaviours, to the health of our ecosystems, and even the way our economy functions. They’re gunning for two mammoth goals – achieving net zero carbon and zero waste by 2040. Pretty ambitious, wouldn’t you say?

But here’s the thing. This isn’t a solo act. They’re doing it with help from everyone – residents, community groups, local businesses, councils, and even their own staff. It’s a total team effort. 

The Takeaway

So, what can we learn from MRWA’s approach? Well, three things really stand out:

  1. Be bold. Set ambitious targets, like aiming for zero waste and net zero carbon.
  2. Collaborate. Change requires everyone to pull together. Engage with your community and partners, and empower them to take action.
  3. Educate. Raise awareness about the impact of climate change and the value of waste reduction and recycling. Encourage people to see waste as a resource.

So, What Now?

Here’s the million-dollar question. What can you do about it? You’re a part of this, just like everyone else. Start by making small changes. Reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as you can. Make the shift to a less wasteful and less carbon-intensive lifestyle. 

Remember, every little bit helps. Even the smallest step in the right direction is progress. So, go ahead and take action today. It’s time to play your part in creating a prosperous future for our community. And don’t forget, together, we can make a difference.