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Labour-led Exeter City Council declared a climate emergency at a full
council meeting on Tuesday (23rd July).

Councillor Phil Bialyk, Leader of Exeter City Council, said:
“Climate change is at the top of the political agenda. This new Labour administration
recognises the importance and urgency of the climate crisis and is working hard to
tackle this in Exeter. We are committed to being an energy-neutral authority by 2022
and have made a commitment to make Exeter Carbon Neutral by 2030.”

Councillor Rachel Sutton, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Climate and Culture, added:
“This would be a strong statement of our intent to tackle the climate crisis. There are
already a long series of measures which this council has already undertaken, and
we’re intent on doing more.

“Many people, especially younger people, are very concerned and rightly asking what
we as politicians are doing to protect our planet. This is us saying ‘we hear you, we’re
acting, we’ll deliver.’

“We will work with partners on Exeter City Futures and Devon County Council to
establish ways in which the City Council can play its role.”

Labour nationally put forward a motion in Parliament, making the UK Parliament the
first in the world to declare a climate emergency.

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