Southwark Council is holding its first community conference to help tackle the climate emergency this month.

The conference, to be held on March 21 at William Booth Memorial College, Champion Park, aims to support environmentally friendly activities at a local level.  

Residents will hear from expert speakers and learn what the council is doing to tackle the climate emergency. 

They will also be able to give ideas about how the borough can become carbon neutral by 2030.  

A council spokesperson said: “We take the climate change situation very seriously and it will be no surprise that our first community conference will focus on that very topic. 

“We’re all anxious to do our bit. How can Southwark not only be more environmentally friendly, but help the people who live in our community to be as green as they’d like to be? 

“This year’s conference will focus on the climate emergency. In Southwark we’re taking urgent action to protect our borough, our planet and our future – but we want to do more.” 

The guest speaker will be Judy Ling Wong, a painter, poet and environmentalist, who is best known as the Honorary President of Black Environment Network (BEN).  

Entrance is free but residents must reserve their place on the council website.  

The conference will take place between 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Cllr Richard Livingstone, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency, said: “I am glad to see our Climate Emergency plans gathering pace and this conference promises to help shape our activities moving forward.

“This conference is essential: it will bring together people and communities throughout the borough, to help shape our plan for a greener, more sustainable and carbon neutral future.

“We’ve booked a large venue, but space is limited and we’re expecting lots of interest, so do register for a place as soon as you can, to avoid disappointment: ”