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Yesterday, the Cabinet at @SouthendBC declared a climate emergency. Southend Council will now be adopting radical policies to move to carbon neutrality by 2030.

Under Labour, our council is finally taking the environment seriously, and responding to the climate crisis. pic.twitter.com/AdYpLrtGmV

— Southend Labour (@SouthendLabour) September 18, 2019

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(a) Councillor Hammond moved Councillor Leggett seconded.
Council notes that in 2017, our city became one of the first local authorities in
the UK to pass a motion recognising that the world faced an environmental
crisis and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2040.
Since then, over 200 councils have followed those trailblazing Councils and
passed motions declaring climate emergencies. Council welcomes this
movement, reiterates our established view that there is a climate emergency
and celebrates action already taken by organisations across Southampton.
Earlier this year, the city council launched its bold and ambitious Green City
Charter that goes above and beyond the UK government’s targets and
commits this council to be carbon neutral by 2030. To reinforce this council’s
commitment, £60M has already been allocated towards projects that support
the ambitions of the Green City Charter. These projects are split across the
council including; £36M improving our housing stock to become energy
efficient, £9M on reducing road congestion, £8M in improving cycle ways, £3M
investment in public transport and £4M on including improving our green
spaces and investing in electric vehicles.
Council resolves that there is more to do, but is encouraged by the progress
made to date including; reducing its carbon footprint by more than 50%, by the
end of the year.
UPON BEING PUT TO THE VOTE THE MOTION WAS DECLARED CARRIED.
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RESOLVED: that the motion be approved.

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Tonight I proposed a motion to Full Council to declare a climate emergency. I am delighted that it was passed unanimously. We are committed to make the council carbon neutral by 2030 and work with partners, businesses and communities to make our borough carbon neutral by 2030. pic.twitter.com/jiITAU0adW

— Carolyn Healy (@CarolynHealy) July 25, 2019

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At tonight’s full council meeting members unanimously declared a climate emergency and committed to urgent action – you can read the motion here – https://t.co/dDzKDyUBeD

— Peterborough Council (@PeterboroughCC) July 24, 2019

Motion from Councillor Holditch

“Council notes:
That the impacts of climate breakdown are already causing serious damage around the world.
that the ‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C’, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change in October 2018, (a) describes the enormous harm that a 2°C average rise in global
temperatures is likely to cause compared with a 1.5°C rise, and (b) confirms that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society and the private sector.
That all governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to act, and local governments that
recognise this should not wait for their national governments to change their policies;
That strong policies to cut emissions also have associated health, wellbeing and economic benefits;
and that, recognising this, a growing number of UK local authorities have already passed ‘Climate
Emergency’ motions.
Council therefore commits to:
Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.
Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030
Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s full range of functions by 2030
Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift
to zero carbon by 2030.
Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the entire area zero carbon within
the same timescale;
Ensure that political and chief officer leadership teams embed this work in all areas and take
responsibility for reducing, as rapidly as possible, the carbon emissions resulting from the Council’s
activities, ensuring that any recommendations are fully costed and that the Executive and Scrutiny
functions review council activities taking account of production and consumption emissions and produce an action plan within 12 months, together with budget actions and a measured
baseline;
Request that Council Scrutiny Panels consider the impact of climate change and the environment when
reviewing Council policies and strategies;
Work with, influence and inspire partners across the district, county and region to help deliver this goal
through all relevant strategies, plans and shared resources by developing a series of meetings, events
and partner workshops;
Request that the Council and partners take steps to proactively include young people in the process,
ensuring that they have a voice in shaping the future;
Request that the Executive Portfolio holder with responsibility for Climate Change convenes a Citizens’
Assembly in 2019 in order to involve the wider population in this process. This group would help develop their own role, identify how the Council’s activities might be made net-zero carbon by 2030, consider the latest climate science and expert advice on solutions and to consider systematically the climate change impact of each area of the Council’s activities;
Set up a Climate Change Partnership group, involving Councillors, residents, young citizens, climate
science and solutions experts, businesses, Citizens Assembly representatives and other relevant
parties. Run competition in primary, secondary and other educational establishments to seek young
people’s views.
Over the following 12 months,the Group will consider strategies and actions being developed by the
Council and other partner organisations and develop a strategy in line with a target of net zero emissions by 2030. It will also recommend ways to maximise local benefits of these actions in other sectors such
as employment, health, agriculture, transport and the economy chaired by Cllr Cereste. When progress
has been made consult the wider public at various stages.
To give councillors and members of the public updates on progress on a regular basis
Ensure that all reports in preparation for the 2020/21 budget cycle and investment strategy will take into
account the actions the council will take to address this emergency. Seek councils support for budget
approval to assist with the co-ordination of this project
Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to make this
possible, and ask local MPs to do likewise;
Consider other actions that could be implemented, including (but not restricted to): renewable energy
generation and storage, providing electric vehicle infrastructure and encouraging alternatives to private
car use, increasing the efficiency of buildings, in particular to address fuel poverty; proactively using
local planning powers to accelerate the delivery of net-zero carbon new developments and communities,
increased tree planting, coordinating a series of information and training events to raise awareness and
share good practice,. look to replacing all council vehicles with electric or hybrids including the mayors
car as soon practical.”

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Isle of Wight Council…After Amendment – https://t.co/hjdTEiG8fp – IW Radio #iwnews #isleofwight

— Isle of Wight News (@iwightnews) July 24, 2019

A decision to declare a climate emergency was supported by 23 councillors with 6 against and 6 abstentions. Isle of Wight Council Leader Dave Stewart was among those to oppose the motion.

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Blackburn with Darwen makes 2030 carbon neutral pledge https://t.co/x6ZLfSY7vZ https://t.co/WtK6HhXPL5

— Blackburn Life (@BlackburnLife) July 21, 2019

MOTION 1

Motion to DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY

BwDBC notes:

  1. Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world. Global temperatures have already increased by 1oC from pre-industrial levels. Atmospheric CO2 levels are above 400 parts per million (ppm). The latest report from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2018 gave us 12 years to implement changes to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C in order to avoid widespread drought, food scarcity, heat related deaths and loss of biodiversity including insects and vital food crop pollinators.
  2. At present the world is on track to overshoot the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit before 2050. In order to reduce the chance of runaway global warming and limit the effects of climate breakdown, it is imperative that we as a species reduce our CO2e (carbon equivalent) emissions from their current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes as soon as possible.
  3. Individuals cannot be expected to make this reduction on their own. Society needs to change its laws, taxation, and infrastructure to make low carbon living easier and the new norm.
  4. Carbon emissions result from both production and consumption.
  5. Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has already made some positive progress, but this is not enough. More can and must be done. The Independent Panel on Climate Change in its Oct. 2018 report was very clear that action from all parts of society is necessary and local government has a responsibility to lead the way.
  6. Town and city councils around the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and taking action to address this emergency.

BwDBC believes that:

  1. All levels of government (national, regional and local) have a duty to limit the negative impacts of climate breakdown. Local councils that recognise this should not wait for their national governments to change their policies.
  2. Towns and cities are uniquely placed to lead the world in reducing carbon emissions, as they are in many ways easier to decarbonise than rural areas.
  3. The consequences of global temperature rising above 1.5°C are so severe that preventing this from happening must be humanity’s number one priority.
  4. Bold local climate action can deliver economic and social benefits in terms of new green jobs, economic savings and market opportunities, as well as much improved well-being for Blackburnwith Darwen  residents – for example through reducing fuel poverty and energy bills, encouraging healthy, active travel and improving green spaces and access to nature.

BwDBC decides to:

  1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’.
  2. Commit to a target of making Blackburn with Darwen carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol – GHG Protocol establishes comprehensive global standardised frameworks to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions).
  3. Request an update report within six months setting out the immediate actions the Council has taken and will take to address this emergency and a plan to measure annual borough-wide progress towards meeting the 2030 target.
  4. Work with partners across our towns and across the region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans and drawing on local and global best practice.
  5. Actively lobby the Government to provide the additional powers and resources needed to meet the 2030 target.

Proposed by:- Cllr Andy Kay

Seconded by:- Cllr Tasleem Fazal

Wolverhampton and Cannock Chase councils declare climate emergency https://t.co/GDieOGHDWl pic.twitter.com/Zsp6g3S596

— FirstPressNG (@firstpressNg) July 20, 2019

9. Motions Received under Council Procedure Rule 6
(i) To consider the following Motion submitted in accordance with Council
Procedure Rule 6 by Councillor G. Adamson, Leader of the Council:
“Council notes that:
 Our economic system is enriching a minority while leading humanity
towards climate catastrophe. Our political system is leaving many to feel
powerless and excluded from the key decisions that affect them.
 In 2018, the world’s leading climate scientists – the IPCC – warned that
humanity has only 12 years left in which to cap temperature rises at 1.5C or
face a sharply higher risk of drought, floods and heatwaves.
 The UK Parliament has approved a motion to declare an environment and
climate emergency, and all governments (national, regional and local) have
a duty to limit the negative impacts of climate breakdown.
 Local governments should recognise that they cannot wait for national
government to provide more money and support to reduce emissions, and
commit to the ambition of carbon neutrality by 2030 at the latest.
 Our emissions are a small proportion of our area’s CO2 emissions and that
we achieve more for our environment working co-operatively than we do
Council Notice 17/07/19
alone.
 Every year, our area spends significant amounts on energy. This money
goes out of the local economy to the big energy companies when we
believe that it could be retained through community energy – and that
community energy is a fundamentally important part of the national energy
transition we are undergoing right now.
In light of the above, Council therefore agrees to:
1. Join other Councils in declaring a Climate Emergency, and commit to the
vision of carbon neutrality by 2030 at the latest.
2. Continue to call on Westminster to provide the necessary powers and
resources to make local action on climate change easier.
3. Encourage this Council to explore the expansion of community energy to
keep the benefits of our local energy generation in our local economy.
4. Continue to work with partners anchored in the area to deliver carbon
reductions and grow the local economy.
5. Establish a Citizens Assembly made up of a representative range of our
citizens to establish the facts and make recommendations for our council.”

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Applause from the public gallery as the Council passes the motion declaring a Climate Emergency and commiting South Gloucestershire to cutting its carbon footprint to net zero by 2030.

— South Glos Lib Dems (@sgloslibdems) July 17, 2019

South Glos

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Motion to declare a climate emergency in West Berkshire is unanimously approved.

— Tevye (@TevyeMarksonLDR) July 2, 2019

The following Motion has been submitted in the name of Councillor Steve Ardagh-Walter:

Motion to Declare a Climate Emergency

This Council notes that:

1. All levels of government (national, regional and local) have a responsibility to limit the negative impacts of Climate Breakdown. It is important for the residents of West Berkshire and the UK that we commit to working towards carbon neutrality as quickly as possible.

2. The consequences of global temperature rising above 1.5°C are so severe that preventing this from happening must be of the utmost urgency.

3. Bold climate action can deliver economic benefits in terms of new jobs, economic savings and market opportunities (as well as improved health and well-being) but will also require changes in individual’s lifestyles and have a cost implication to both the individual and the state.

West Berkshire Council therefore:

1. Declares a Climate Emergency.
2. Will create a strategic plan for West Berkshire, that aims to deliver carbon neutral by 2030.
3. Calls on HM Government to provide the Council with the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.
4. Will work with other authorities to determine and implement where practicable best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C.
5. Will continue to work with businesses, residents and other stakeholders across the district to deliver this new goal via all relevant strategies and plans.
6. The newly formed Environment Board will provide an interim report to the Executive in September 2019 with the progress made to date.

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Congratulations @BpoolCouncil for declaring a #ClimateEmergency, for banning #fracking on their land and for committing the authority to zero carbon emissions by 2030! It’s time for @fyldecouncil to do the same! https://t.co/a3ioDHTA3J

— Harry Fenton (@HarryFenton16) June 28, 2019

Declaring a Climate Emergency. Councillor Blackburn to propose.
The Council notes:
 That that the impacts of climate breakdown are already causing serious damage
around the world.
 That the ‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C’, published by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October 2018, (a) describes the
enormous harm that a 2°C average rise in global temperatures is likely to cause
compared with a 1.5°C rise, and (b) confirms that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C
may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national
authorities, civil society and the private sector.
 That all governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to act, and local
governments that recognise this should not wait for their national governments to
change their policies;
 That strong policies to cut emissions also have associated health, wellbeing and
economic benefits; and
 That, recognising this, a growing number of UK local authorities have already passed
‘Climate Emergency’ motions.
The Council therefore commits to:
 Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action;
 Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030;
 Achieve 100% clean energy across the Council’s full range of functions by 2030;
 Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are
in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030;
 Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making the entire area
zero carbon within the same timescale;
 Ensure that all Council led leadership teams embed this work in all areas and take
responsibility for reducing, as rapidly as possible, the carbon emissions resulting
from the Council’s activities, ensuring that any recommendations are fully costed
and that the Executive and Scrutiny functions review council activities taking account
of production and consumption emissions and produce an action plan within 12
months, together with budget actions and a measured baseline;
 Request that Council Scrutiny Committees consider the impact of climate change and
the environment when reviewing Council policies and strategies;
 Work with, influence and inspire partners across Blackpool, Lancashire and the North
West to help deliver this goal through all relevant strategies, plans and shared
resources by developing a series of meetings, events and partner workshops;
 Request that the Council and partners – not least the Council’s wholly owned
companies, take steps to proactively include young people in the process, ensuring
that they have a voice in shaping the future;
 Request that the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Climate Change convene a
Citizens’ Assembly before the end of the calendar year, in order to involve the wider
population in this process. This group would help develop its own role, identify how
the Council’s activities might be made net-zero carbon by 2030, consider the latest
climate science and expert advice on solutions and to consider systematically the
climate change impact of each area of the Council’s activities;
 Set up a Climate Change Partnership group, involving Councillors, residents, young
citizens, climate science and solutions experts, businesses, Citizens Assembly
representatives and other relevant parties. Over the following four years, the Group
will consider strategies and actions being developed by the Council and other
partner organisations and develop a strategy in line with a target of net zero
emissions by 2030. It will also recommend ways to maximise local benefits of these
actions in other sectors such as employment, health, agriculture, transport and the
economy;
 Report on the level of investment in the fossil fuel industry that our pensions plan
and other investments have, and review the Council’s investment strategy to give
due consideration to climate change impacts in the investment portfolio;
 Ensure that all reports in preparation for the 2020/ 2021 budget cycle and
investment strategy will take into account the actions the council will take to address
this emergency;
 Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help with funding
to make this possible, and ask local MPs to do likewise;
 Consider other actions that could be implemented, including (but not restricted to):
renewable energy generation and storage, providing electric vehicle infrastructure
and encouraging alternatives to private car use, increasing the efficiency of buildings,
in particular to address fuel poverty; proactively using local planning powers to
accelerate the delivery of net carbon new developments and communities,
coordinating a series of information and training events to raise awareness and
share good practice;
 Furthermore, this Council makes clear its fundamental opposition to the practice of
fracking. The Council will not allow its land to be used for fracking; and
 Finally, via the Local Government Association, the Council will invite in a group of
experts to advise on what steps can be taken quickly to have the greatest possible
impact on air quality, modal shift away from private cars, increased take up on public
transport, and ensure that every aspect of the Councils activities are sighted on the
need to preserve Blackpool’s ecological and environmental heritage.