A ‘Community Conversation’ was held at Truro Cathedral on Saturday for people to discuss challenges around climate change, nature and the cost-of-living crisis.

The free event was open to everyone with the purpose of developing practical solutions to tackle the growing environmental and economic issues facing the county.

The conversation brought together people with diverse perspectives – from civic leaders, health professionals and members of the multi-faith community.

“While many people are already taking individual and local action, we believe that by joining together we can do even more,” said Jackie Walkden from the Mid-Cornwall Climate and Eco Hub.

“As well as listening to those who are already involved in tackling these issues, we wanted to hear the views and ideas of other people and groups so we, the whole community, feel involved in responding to the emergencies we are all facing.”

Organised by the Mid-Cornwall Climate and Eco Hub, with Myghal Ryual, Truro Cathedral, Truro City Council and Cornwall Council’s Carbon Neutral Team, the Community Conversation took place in the Cathedral’s Chapter House.  

The afternoon featured a series of short presentations from guest speakers, including Robert Uig from Bude Climate Partnership, on how these crises are impacting on people, the environment and nature in Cornwall. 

Those in attendance were asked to discuss how the community can unite to respond to current issues, and the feedback from these discussions will be presented to MPs, regional and national decision makers and faith leaders.

“Although the event is called a Community Conversation, this was not just a talking shop,” said Sarah Pethybridge from the Mid-Cornwall Climate and Eco Hub. 

“We will be calling on people in positions of authority, including local councillors, national politicians, religious leaders and those at the very top of major organisations – to listen to the voice of the local community and take action.”  

The Mid-Cornwall Climate and Eco Hub, Cornwall’s first Climate Emergency Centre, was launched in September 2023 and can be found at 36a St Austell Street, Truro. It is open on Tuesdays from 1pm to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

For more information go to the Hub’s Facebook page or email [email protected]