Planning for the future - Environment

Climate change is real and is happening now, with over 99% of climate scientists worldwide identifying that humans have directly caused the warming we have seen over the past century.



The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK was in 2022



in the borough. 34% - domestic, 33% - transport, 16% - industry, 7% - commercial, 10% - other



Wigan Council declared a climate emergency


3rd Oct 2022

The Flashes of Wigan and Leigh formally declared a National Nature Reserve (NNR)


Over 1,800

hectares of the borough (around 10%) is designated for wildlife protection

Key facts

  • The Earth is now about 1.1°C warmer than it was in the 1800s, with 17 of the 18 warmest years on record having taken place since 2001.
  • The Paris Climate Agreement is an international treaty that aims to limit global warming to 1.5°C but this is likely to be reached by 2026.
  • On the current path of carbon dioxide emissions, the temperature could increase by as much as 4.4°C by the end of the century.
  • House sparrows, hedgehogs and some types of bees are amongst the species that have declined significantly in number in the UK since the 1970s.

Please complete this questionnaire to tell us what you think are the key priorities for the next 10-20 years. The response deadline is 11 December 2022.    

In addition to the environment, the questionnaire also includes questions on 6 other key themes that the borough needs to plan for to 2040, including homes, jobs, town centres, and transport. 

View more details on these themes, and information on engagement opportunities available to the public.

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