Declare Climate Emergency in Pendle say Lib Dems
CLIMATE EMERGENCY – CALL FOR ACTION IN PENDLE
Liberal Democrat Councillor Tony Greaves is calling on Pendle council to declare a Climate Emergency in Pendle and to set up an all-party member and officer working group to set a programme aimed at “making Pendle Council and its arms-length bodies carbon-neutral by 2030, and for working for Pendle as a whole to be carbon neutral by 2030 or as soon as possible thereafter”.
Councillor Greaves has tabled a motion for the full Council meeting on Thursday 11th July (set out below in full) on behalf of the Liberal Group on the Council.
It states that “Pendle Borough Council recognises that the world is in the midst of a climate and environmental emergency and that action is required at all levels of Government – local, national and international – in order to protect our planet for future generations of life in all its forms and for human society as we know it.”
Councillor Greaves said: “No-one thinks that Pendle on its own can successfully tackle this huge global crisis. But we can take a lead and do our bit. There are Councils all over the country setting out to get a grip on this crisis in their own communities. We want to learn together, work together and make progress together with all these other Councils.
“The Government have declared a climate emergency for the country as a whole. We want Pendle Council to take the lead together with local bodies and businesses of all kinds to do what we can in Pendle to help prevent a catastrophe for our children and grandchildren.”
Councillor Greaves added that he wants the Council to start in a small way to look at its own operations for some “quick wins” this year, and to work together to produce a much bigger plan of action within about six months time.
He said: “It will be crucial to involve the whole community in all our towns and villages. We need to bring people together and involve them in providing ideas and action, provide a lot more information on what is happening and what can be done about it, and take a lead in making the changes that will be needed. At the same time Pendle Council’s resources are ever more limited and we want to learn from the ideas and actions of other Councils throughout the land, and work closely with them.”
The Climate Emergency Motion
Pendle Borough Council recognises that the world is in the midst of a climate and environmental emergency and that action is required at all levels of Government – local, national and international – in order to protect our planet for future generations of life in all its forms and for human society as we know it.
This Council notes that:
• On 8th October 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above preindustrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emissions;
• The report warned that the risk of catastrophic climate change including extreme heat, drought, flooding and climate-related poverty would significantly increase unless global warming could be kept to a maximum of 1.5°C;
• The report authors found that global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate and say that urgent and unprecedented action is required to meet the target.
Council further notes that many Councils throughout the United Kingdom are declaring a Climate Emergency and resolving to take action to help to tackle this existential crisis.
It therefore resolves:
(1) to declare a climate emergency in the Borough of Pendle;
(2) to set up an all-party member and officer working group to research what actions other Councils are taking; to take evidence from local and wider sources on what action it can usefully take and what actions can be promoted in other ways in Pendle; to seek to work with other Lancashire Councils including Town and Parish Councils in Pendle and Lancashire County Council; to make recommendations to the Policy and Resources Committee on what short-term action could be taken; and to present an Action Plan to the Council within six months with the aim of taking the lead and making Pendle Council and its arms-length bodies carbon-neutral by 2030, and for working for Pendle as a whole to be carbon neutral by 2030 or as soon as possible thereafter;
(3) to audit and review the local development plan as part of this process, and to include a climate emergency audit and statement as part of all significant new Council policies and plans;
(4) to seek to work with local schools, Nelson and Colne College and other education bodies, together with community groups of all kinds and local media, to increase understanding of the climate emergency and to develop ways of tackling it in ways which promote freedom, fairness and equality, and community strengths;
(5) to promote such short-term action as may be possible during the course of the current Council year;
(6) to present a full report and action plan to the Policy and Resources Committee and thereby to the Council meeting in March 2020.
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