The 2030 Project
Creating the future we want
Amidst all the disruption and uncertainty created by the coronavirus there have been a few upsides. Many of us have had time to reflect on what really matters to us, and appreciate even more our local environment and the community we’re in. As we begin to emerge from lockdown, let’s seize this opportunity to create the future we want, rather than going back to business as usual.
With the climate and ecological emergencies staring us in the face, we feel we need to take decisive action. The challenge we set was ambitious: how can we make ours one of the greenest, healthiest and most sustainable communities in the UK?
We’re calling it The 2030 Project.
We certainly can’t do this alone.
Greening Steyning is taking the lead in launching the 2030 Project. But we’re hoping to engage the whole community to get it off the ground.
2030 Vision Survey: sketching out the roadmap
Building a consensus on which direction to head
The survey has now closed and the results are in.
About the survey
The original plan was to invite representatives from all sectors of the community to a ‘Visioning Event’ scheduled for 25th March at the Steyning Centre. Local schools, Parish Councils, churches, businesses, and other clubs and societies all agreed to take part. Then the Covid crisis struck, and we had to postpone.
Three months on, the possibility of public meetings was still months away. So we relaunched the process with an online survey. The 2030 Vision Survey was designed to gather people’s thinking on what they would like to future to look like.
We tested forty different ideas across six key areas – transport, homes, energy, shopping, biodiversity and the local economy. The survey also asked how people’s priorities had changed as a result of the lockdown, as this has caused many to think afresh about what is most important to them.
We were delighted with the response. Over 450 people completed the survey, across all age groups.
The results showed a remarkable degree of consensus. It was clear that people are looking for genuine, positive change and are ready to work together to build a healthier, happier, low carbon future. Click on the links to see either a two page Summary of the results, or the Full Survey Report.
What happens next?
We are now in the process of setting up a series of Action Groups will be formed to take forward these ideas and come up with concrete plans. These will cover:
- Energy & Housing
- Green Consumer/recycling
We need volunteers to get stuck in on each of these areas and make things happen. If you’d like to get involved, please fill in this short questionnaire: https://bit.ly/2030ActionGroup
Share your Lockdown Stories
Alongside the 2030 Survey, we’re encouraging people to share their personal experiences of lockdown and their hopes for the future.
There’s two ways you can do this:
- By submitting photos, videos, poems and other contributions via this special web page on our new website.
- Using Instagram, with the hashtags #steyning2030, #bramber2030 or #upperbeeding2030