What Should Be in Belfast's Climate Action Plan?
For more background please see: https://belfastlibrary.org/belfast-climate-action-plan-input/
This 2-question online survey was available on the Belfast Free Library’s ABCD web pages (and disseminated via the ABCD monthly newsletter, social media posts and at events), and had 18 respondents from February to September 2022.
Belfast Climate Action Community Input Form
This ABCD survey was created mainly to collect ideas from attendees at the June 14, 2022 Community Climate Conversation providing input to the Belfast Climate Crisis Committee for drafting Belfast’s Climate Action Plan.
6 people submitted their comments; mainly those attending the meeting on Zoom, but a couple other folks responded after the meeting.
Climate Hopes for the New Year
In January 2022, ABCD sent a survey in our monthly newsletter (and our our website and Facebook page). Respondents were asked in multiple-choice form, what gives you the most hope for climate change this year? 13 people responded, including a couple later responses through July 2022.
Did You or Someone You Know Move to the Belfast Area Because of Climate Change?
Extreme Heat Community Survey - August 2021
In August 2021, 61 Belfast area residents were surveyed about how they coped with the extreme heat of the summer. This survey was administered by the Belfast Climate Crisis Committee and the Belfast Free Library's "All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues" (ABCD) project. Survey participants were at the following locations: Belfast Soup Kitchen, Belfast Area High School, Senior Center at Belfast Boathouse, and Greater Belfast Area Ministerial Food Cupboard.
Survey results are summarized in a PDF document on the ABCD website. It was of interest to note that 22% of participants (or a family member) had suffered medically from the heat - including heat stroke, breathing difficulties, COPD, and asthma. Also, 37% of respondents were concerned about a neighbor or friend during heat events.
The Belfast Climate Crisis Committee continues its work to learn more about how extreme heat is affecting community members, and what ideas it might recommend to the City to help with this issue.
If you or your family or neighbors have experienced the effects of extreme heat days, the ABCD project and the Climate Crisis Committee invite you to share your story, concerns and ideas - on the ABCD website, or directly with the Climate Crisis Committee.
All of Belfast: Climate Dialogues began in 2020 as a grant-funded project to facilitate conversations among a broad cross-section of the Belfast community about climate change. The ABCD project became a presence in the community, establishing the Library as a source for information and a gathering place for conversation about the climate crisis and community response. From 2020-2023, ABCD held over 35 educational programs & community conversations engaging well over 1,000 people. The Library will continue to offer educational programming on topics around the climate crisis; and will continue supporting citizens to take action.