It’s Autumn once more and the leaves are about to start falling: always a good time to take stock, rearrange your holdings and prepare for the challenges ahead.

That’s as true for MCA as it is for others. We have to redouble our efforts to make ourselves relevant, and a force for real change in the Moorlands.

It’s a little over a year since we managed to persuade Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to declare a climate emergency in our area.

That initial local recognition of the importance of the issues we were campaigning on added to the first flush of enthusiasm, as we had only recently come together as a grouping of like-minded individuals. 

SMDC’s failure to turn talk into action – or, as yet, any real plans for action – has been profoundly disappointing. While maintaining a public façade of progress, the council itself has now reorganised its approach to climate change in what many privately acknowledge as recognised lack of progress in the first year.