In the survey, which led to the publication of our 2006 Little Dewchurch Parish Plan, we said that the environment is the single most important issue to us.
We are indeed fortunate to live in the beautiful countryside that surrounds us: 95% of us claimed to "enjoy the rich patchwork provided by the rolling countryside and mosaic of woodlands, orchards, hedgerows and farmland".
Conservation is important to us, as are habitat diversity and making the village attractive, both for people and for wildlife.
The survey also highlighted areas of concern, which are now being addressed:
These points obviously concentrate on our immediate environment, but we might also consider the bigger picture. Since the survey, there is one overriding issue, which is beginning to come into our everyday conversation - Climate Change. Unless we make dramatic reductions in our green house gas emissions, we are likely to experience catastrophic and irreversible Climate Change within this century.
In 2007 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change warned that the Arctic's "... late-summer sea ice is projected to disappear almost completely towards the end of the 21st century... in some models.". However, a 2008 report by the Public Information Research Centre shows that climate scientists are now predicting the end of late-summer sea ice within three to seven years.