Shropshire Prepares for Climate Change Disasters

Shropshire Prepares for Climate Change Disasters

The moment  flash floods in Ludlow took away a bridge and a house
The moment flash floods in Ludlow took away a bridge and a house

Whilst many in Shropshire – even the odd MP in the north of the county – deny it’s happening, Shropshire’s  community, health and emergency services are preparing themselves for the worst of climate change.  The biggest disaster will be when – not if – the Ironbridge Gorge collapses into the Severn, but other issues associated with extreme weather events, such as the flash floods in Ludlow recently, or the health dangers of a heat wave such as the one in 2003 that killed thousands of people, are the focus of plans by our emergency and health services.

Shropshire’s Director of Public Health, Professor Rod Thomson, will speak at Stretton Climate Care’s AGM on Thursday, 6th November at 7.00pm in the Methodist Church, Watling Street, Church Stretton, about Shropshire’s preparations for climate change.

His talk will cover how we can think about and work towards mitigating the effects of climate change and build community resilience.

 

Prof Rod Thomson
Prof Rod Thomson

Rod Thomson is Shropshire’s Director of Public Health, and has over 30 years’ experience in acute and health community care, in particular nursing health and management.  He is Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University, and a Foundation Trust Governor at Alder Hey – the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital.