The Lake District of 2050 could feel very different from today. As climate change takes hold, weather patterns will alter and extreme events will become more common. The coastline will change, as will conditions for all wildlife.
But there are real benefits if we act quickly. Resilient communities that cut their energy costs and generate renewable energy will prosper. So will tourism businesses that tap into the growing market for low-impact holidays. Transport options like bikes, boats, buses and, of course, boots are all low in carbon but high in fun.
We can lock greenhouse gases into the landscape through good land management. Above all, we can encourage the 15.8 million people a year who visit the Lake District to join us in taking action.
To make the most of these opportunites, we launched the Low-carbon Lake District initiative in 2008.
Our work to create a Low-carbon Lake District includes:
In 2011 we put together a short film documenting the progress toward a low-carbon Lake District:
www.benbarden.co.uk/carbon (opens in new window)
In July 2010 we held a Summit to bring together all those who have been working with us on the Low-Carbon Lake District Initiative. We took stock of our achievements and planned together for the future. We heard about successful initiatives elsewhere, and learnt what we could do better.
For details of the talks and workshop sessions, please read the Low Carbon Lake District Summit report (PDF)
The Low-carbon Lake District Report, published in 2008, looks at the effects of climate change on the Lake District landscape and communities; investigates what is already being done to cut carbon; and helps chart a way forward. Read the full Low Carbon Lake District Report (4MB PDF)
The Low-carbon Lake District Initiative was launched at a conference in June 2008 in Kendal. Read the Low Carbon Lake District Conference Summary (Word document)
In 2008 we held a study tour to the South West of England, to look at how this region promotes sustainable energy and encourages low-carbon communities - read more in Low carbon Lake District South West Study Tour report (Word document)