The pilot project is exploring how integrated rural travel could open up a new way of life, embracing a collaborative and community-led approach to transformational change.
In his speech to the group, Councillor Wain said:
"Derbyshire Dales Council is committed to become carbon neutral by 2030 and has recently appointed a Climate Change Officer, who, working with our Climate Change Action Group, is endeavouring to reduce the carbon footprint of our vehicle fleet and buildings.
"We are fully supportive of the Travelling Light Project, which is being capably driven by the Hope Valley Climate Action Group, who are working collaboratively with other stakeholders to reduce the carbonisation of the Hope Valley.
"Knowing this area well I was not surprised that 90% of visitors use motor vehicles to visit this beautiful area. As a Police Officer I spent many afternoons in traffic attempting to get back to Matlock from this area."
Councillor Wain said that as Lead Flood Warden for Matlock, which had encountered two significant flooding events in the past two years, he could categorically say climate change is in the here and now.
"We all have to work together on many fronts, including transport and planning and demand the best for our communities. This must be driven by clear effective leadership and funding from Central Government and strong messaging and engagement from all levels of local Council, working with organisations like Hope Valley Climate Action Group.
"Paramount is a commitment to work with our communities to support them individually and collectively to reduce their individual carbon footprints.
"This is what travelling Light is doing and I hope to see many similar initiatives from other areas, over the coming months and years."
To get involved with Travelling Light, contact Mandy Holden by email at firstname.lastname@example.org