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Billy & Nicky's Story

Get Thinking

The Sea Pool is a truly inspiring example of Bude’s committed community spirit and shows what we are capable of when we care about something. The Sea Pool could have been condemned to Bude’s past, instead the community rallied to save and maintain it, and so it remains a thrumming heart of our town.

 

Nicky and Billy talk passionately about why the Sea Pool is important to them (in fact we’d have needed a feature length documentary to cover all the reasons!) and one of the things that kept coming up was community.

Climate change presents a complex set of challenges, to our environment, our health systems, our food and energy security, and in the future our culture and heritage. These challenges are amplified by other factors such as poverty, poor health, inadequate infrastructure, and social isolation. As Nicky notes, the more aware and clued up we are on the challenges that climate change poses, the more likely we are to pull together and act. We each bring different skills, knowledge, and care to contribute to our communities. Whether it’s sweeping up pebbles, supporting fundraising events or simply lending a wheelbarrow to a cause. Small or big, these all contribute to a healthy and resilient community.

Resilience is our ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to significant threats, like flooding, whilst also maintaining essential services, such as food distribution and caring for our most vulnerable. Communities that demonstrate the greatest resilience, are also the most socially equal and connected. Bude’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic demonstrates that we have great capacity to adapt, organise and look after each other. Over 3000 people and local businesses joined an online quarantine support group in our area, the Post Office stepped up and offered a home collection service, and food bundles were dropped to those most in need. We should be proud of these actions, as it is exactly this kind of camaraderie that will see our community thrive in the face of a changing climate.

Get Inspired

Every community has a unique set of challenges, therefore we are best placed to tackle them. Building resilience in our community starts with listening to one another, including the quietest voices amongst us. For this is how we gain deeper understanding of the issues we face and uncover our wealth of community wisdom, experience and skills. It means bringing together a diverse range of community members (residents, business owners, emergency planners, health workers etc) to make decisions, plan and act.

With this in mind, we have compiled a few suggestions on how we can get involved in our community and build on Bude’s growing resilience, as well as a short list of individual actions we can take that have the biggest single impact, keeping our community and communities across the globe safe.

  • Storms
    As temperatures increase, the amount of water that evaporates into the atmosphere increases and is released as extreme rain, hail and snowfall. Storms passing over warmer water absorb more energy, increasing wind intensity. In Bude this means an increased risk of storm surges and flooding. Numerous waterways in and around Bude put many of us in river catchments and we therefore need to think seriously about how we can adapt to flood risks. Floods damage not only our homes and livelihoods, but also impact on water safety. Our outdated drainage systems cannot cope with additional water flows, which leads to sewage being discharged into rivers, making its way onto our beaches at Crooklets and Summerleaze.
  • Heat Waves
    In the UK we now experience twice as many warm spells a year, as in the 1990s. In 2020, 2,556 heat-related deaths were recorded, a figure predicted to increase threefold by 2050. What may feel to some like a beautiful summer’s day can put others under extreme stress. People with underlying health conditions or over 65, as well as young children and those on low incomes are particularly vulnerable to heat stress as they are less able to adapt to the heat. But as temperatures continue to rise we are starting to see fit and healthy people being affected too.
  • Extreme Cold
    Weather systems are highly complex, so although it seems strange, climate change also increases the risk of extremely cold weather events, as we saw in March 2018 with the ‘Beast from the East’, which brought icy temperatures and snow even to Cornwall.
  • Droughts and Wildfires
    As the climate changes, we’ll experience more rain falling but less frequently, which means more flash floods and more periods of drought. This combination of factors leaves us susceptible to drought and therefore wildfires, as land and vegetation dry out. Already we’re seeing changes – in 2020, Cornwall Fire and Rescue attended 80% more wildfires than the previous year.
  • Water Shortages
    By 2050 water demand will outstrip supply as the population continues to grow and water availability reduces, according to predictions by the UK Committee on Climate Change. In the UK we use an average of 143 litres per day per person and water conservation is essential for reducing drought and wildfire risk.

Get Sharing

Stories trigger more stories, so we hope this has sparked some of your own memories and provided an opportunity to reflect. 

What does community mean to you and how does it feel to belong to one?

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Can you remember a time when your community pulled together in a crisis?

Did you play a part in this?

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Which areas locally do you feel it is important to protect and why?

Get Together

If you’re part of a local group and would like to explore this theme more through additional activities, then you might like to use our Hands On toolkits. Contact Us to find out more.

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Get Involved

Bude is already bursting at the seams with enthusiastic environmental groups and great initiatives

if you want to get involved with. Here’s a few:

Neetside Community Centre

There’s lots going on at Neetside, which hires rooms for meetings, counselling, therapies,  seminars, community groups, workshops and training,

for everyone to use and enjoy.

They’re also a permanent home to

Age Concern Bude, Setec Pluss Employment, Bude Area Toy Library,  Action Coach, Repair Café and The Women’s Centre Cornwall.

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Thank You

We hope our suggestions and advice leave you feeling inspired. Climate change can be challenging to think and talk about, so if any of your questions haven’t been answered or you need support or you have an idea you want to pursue, then please get in touch with the Bude Climate Partnership. We’re here to help you.

This Toolkit has been developed by Storylines.

Storylines is a Community Interest Company who use the common language of story to bring people together to share, celebrate, learn and connect.  Storylines supports organisations and communities to unearth and share their own stories through bespoke story projectsdigital storytellingeducation, oral historyworkshopsinterpretation

training and consultancy.

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