Green New Dales Conference

the Challenges


At the end of year one of the climate emergency nearly 100 local politicians, conservation experts and members of the general public joined together to consider what has been achieved, to identify the challenges and to understand jointly the next goals for our response to the climate emergency in the Yorkshire Dales. The conference was organised on Zoom by Friends of the Dales and the North Craven Heritage Trust.

All involved with the well-being and enjoyment of the Yorkshire Dales need to play their part and understand and support what others are doing. We issue these challenges to national & local government at all levels, landowners, farmers, businesses, statutory & voluntary sector organisations, visitors and individuals. We hope that they will inspire our programmes for action.

Bruce McLeod (Chair, Friends of the Dales)
John Asher (North Craven Heritage Trust)
October 2020

THE Challenge:

To enable the Yorkshire Dales, those who live in them, work in them, visit them and love them to move up a gear to mitigate and adapt to climate change, encouraging nature recovery and sustainable development.

We challenge all our people to:

We challenge all our farmers and landowners to:

We challenge all our businesses to:

We challenge all our voluntary sector organisations to:

We challenge all our visitors to:

We challenge all our local government and statutory authorities to:

We challenge national government to:


* A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

To download a PDF copy of these Challenges click here