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Agriculture, Forestry & Horticulture

About 3/4 of Dorset's land is used for agriculture and 11% is woodland. Climate change affects land use, by changing the crop cycles and by providing a new investment in sustainable energy.

Biodiversity & Wildlife

Maintaining biodiversity is important since all species are interlinked. Large areas of Dorset are designated for environmental protection, however there are concerns about species migration.

Climate Change

Scientists are warning us that an increase in the use of coal, oil and gas is starting to negatively affect our planet.

Consumer Issues

What can you, as a consumer, do to become more sustainable? Recycling, more efficient boilers and buying local food are just some of the ways you, yourself can become more sustainable.

Dorset Community Energy Network

These are the pages of the Dorset Community Sustainable Energy Group - updated with news / events / case studies and projects concerning the developing field of Community Energy in Dorset.

Education and Skills

Educating the public about sustainability and helping people to develop environmental and sustainable skills is an important step in the movement towards a more environmentally friendly future.

Education, Economics and Skills

A Green Economy was described by UNEP as 'one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities'

Food

Sustainable farming practices are supported by the local economy. Buying local food encourages sustainable farming and reduces the ‘food miles’.

Marine & Coastal Issues

Dorset's coast is important to its economy for fishing, shipping and tourism but this is under threat from rising sea levels and increased storms.

Sustainable Building

Why build sustainably? Construction and use of buildings accounts for 50% of the total energy use of Europe. This is an important area to make more efficient and reduce the energy usage.

Sustainable Transport

Climate change will affect transport conditions, causing more slippery winter roads and highlighting transport links vulnerability to high winds, flooding and storms.

Transition in Dorset

A Transition Initiative is a community (lots of examples here) working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye

Waste

Every year, in Dorset, we throw away over 200,000 tonnes of household waste. Dorset's recycling rate is the best in the country, now we need to reduce the waste we produce.

Water

Population growth, climate change and tourism during the summer months, will put extra pressure on our water supplies. The decline in water may cause damage to habitats and ecosystems.