Stratford District Council urged to help tackle climate change - The Stratford Observer

Stratford District Council urged to help tackle climate change

Stratford Editorial 9th Jul, 2019   0

ENVIRONMENTALISTS are urging Stratford District Council to help save the planet.

Liberal Democrat leader Susan Juned has put forward a motion calling on the authority to declare a climate emergency.

It calls on the council to take action to achieve carbon neutrality in the district – when emissions are balanced out by measures to counteract them.

The Conservative-controlled council is also being urged to set-up dedicated group to consult with local environmentalists on ways to address and tackle climate change in the district.

Councillors are set to discuss the issue on Monday (July 15).

Coun Juned said: “More and more people are becoming aware of the problems caused by climate change and many councils are now looking to see what they can do about it.

“The district council’s Overview and Scrutiny committee has now set up a Task and Finish group, which I will be chairing, with a view to reporting back on positive action that this council can take.

“We’ll be consulting widely for ideas and hope to report back within six months. In the meantime I’d be delighted to hear from anyone who has suggestions to make.”

Similar motions are also set to be presented to both Stratford Town Council and Warwickshire County Council.

The move follows a 1,500 strong petition launched by Stratford Climate Action campaigner Stephen Norrie calling for the council to join the ranks of some 60 authorities across the country which have declared a climate emergency.

Warwick District Council is among the most recent looking to reduce emissions ‘to as close as zero as possible’ by 2030.

Across the world, scientists and eco-activists have pledged to limit inevitable global warming to just 1.5 degrees celsius rather than the predicted four degrees scientists estimate would be reached if action was not taken.

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