Penzance library has become one of the first in the country to benefit from a new range of books and resources on climate change that are to be rolled out across Cornwall.

The new climate change collection of books and other resources span over 150 titles from the weighty report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) through to new and bestselling titles such as Wilding by Isabella Tree.

Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency, recognising the urgent need for action to address the climate crisis, in January 2019.

Edwina Hannaford, Liberal Democrat portfolio holder for Climate Change said: "Where better than Penzance to launch our new range of books and resources on climate change? Penzance has a great reputation for caring about the environment. It became the first town in Britain to receive ‘plastic free’ status for its crackdown on single-use plastic, fishermen collect litter at sea, schoolchildren here march about climate change, and organic vegetables are grown to feed the homeless. Mounts Bay School this month won an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award, as one of the most environmentally friendly schools in the country."

Rob Nolan, Liberal Democrat portfolio holder for the environment praised the county for taking a positive approach in tackling the the climate crisis.

"I am delighted to see Cornwall leading the way on climate change. It is so important that everyone in Cornwall gets on board with the message that it is local action that will lead to great change. The books and other resources made available by the council will be of use to students, schoolchildren and also adults. Every generation in Cornwall must play their part in tackling climate change."

Students from Trythall Community Primary School, representatives of Plastic-Free Penzance and Cornwall's library service joined Edwina at the launch on Wednesday, February, 5.