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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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— 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

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#Dumfries and #Galloway Council have declared a climate emergency! Yesterday Councillors backed a motion to ensure than the regions #carbon #emissions are reduced, with the creation of a 12 point plan. https://t.co/HXzll7HUIf

— Community Windpower (@CWL_BeGreen) June 28, 2019


DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY COUNCIL CLIMATE EMERGENCY DECLARATION
With the inspirational and empowering words of 16 years old Greta Thunberg and the resulting
School Strikes Movement now active across the world the impact of climate change has come into
sharp focus and proven to be a global wake up call. Demands from our young people alongside
the many voices from environmental groups are calling for governments across the world to make
climate emergency declarations and many national governments, including in Scotland and the UK
have now made that declaration. Scotland is already recognised as a leader in the pursuit of
carbon reduction targets and much has already been achieved in sectors such as Energy, Waste,
Agriculture, Residential and Transport. But there is now a requirement for urgent action to
minimise a global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees and avert a catastrophic tipping point for
the planet. The quality of life for future generations in our region will be defined by our actions and
we as elected members of Dumfries and Galloway Council must demonstrate leadership and act
upon our responsibilities by making our own Climate Emergency Declaration (CED).
The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction) (Scotland) Bill is making progress in the Scottish
Parliament and will build significantly on the achievements of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act
2009 and direction from the UN Paris Agreement. Advice has also been taken in producing the Bill
from the UK Climate Change Committee. Following the CED in April 2019 the Scottish
Government has announced it will move faster and further on actions to achieve net zero
greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 and for Scotland to be carbon neutral by 2040. There is now a
weight of expectation however that Dumfries and Galloway Council must take action with a
strategic plan on tackling climate change. This motion therefore sets out our 12-point plan to
reinvigorate the pursuit of net zero carbon emissions in our region, protect our fragile biodiversity
and our natural environment. Dumfries and Galloway Council has previously implemented Carbon
Management Plans 1 & 2 following the enactment of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, but
to ensure an effective response to the climate emergency it is essential that we step up our
actions significantly. We must embed throughout our entire organisational culture the pursuit of
measures to tackle climate change. With our leadership and commitment Dumfries and Galloway
Council will be in the vanguard of addressing climate change.
Dumfries and Galloway Council therefore agrees to make the following commitments which will be
implemented following the establishment of a Climate Emergency Cross Party Working Group
which will meet within 60 days and oversee implementation of our 12-point plan:
1. Dumfries and Galloway Council hereby declares a Climate Emergency and
recognises the impact this will have on our quality of life. We recognise our
responsibility to tackle climate change and fully commit to taking effective action to
limit the impact on our region and its people;
2. We recognise the challenges ahead to tackle climate change and, whilst we have
already made significant strides towards achievement of a regional net zero carbon
status, we will seek to achieve this outcome by the year 2030 and, wherever possible
embrace opportunities to accelerate our target date;
3. We recognise our critical strategic leadership role to tackle climate change and will
create a new and specific council priority from which our strategic objectives and
outcomes will flow;
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4. We will urgently review all policy and practice across our council directorates and
departments to identify ways in which we can move further and faster on carbon
reduction measures;
5. We will embed climate change considerations into all policy and practice risk
assessments to ensure a continuous focus on the implications our actions may
have on our environment, and ensure that measures to reduce or eliminate carbon
emissions are acted on;
6. We recognise the existing impact of the changing climate on the lives of local
populations and will help them to make informed decisions on how to adapt to
climate change; individuals, communities and businesses need a greater
understanding of climate change and its impacts;
7. We recognise the importance of our biodiversity and natural environment in our
drive to reduce the impact of climate change and will encourage and support
practices to enhance and sustain the farmed and natural world;
8. We will embrace innovative measures and respond as a priority to technological
advances which can reduce our region’s impact on climate change. This will enable
opportunities to contribute to the economic development and diversity of our region
by supporting businesses and communities which can benefit from schemes and
projects which support our priority to tackle climate change;
9. We recognise that our pursuit of net zero carbon emissions is a challenge which all
people who live and work in our region will share. Accordingly, we will establish a
broad based and diverse Citizens’ Panel, which will bring together representatives
from across our region, harnessing the skills, experience and innovation our people
possess to inform and influence the action we will take as a council;
10.We will produce a Climate Change Strategic Action Plan which will incorporate our
obligations under the Climate Change (Emission Reduction) (Scotland) Bill when
enacted, encapsulate everything that we can do to reduce or eliminate carbon
emission and, will incorporate actions on loss of biodiversity and our natural
environment;
11.We will commit to working closely with other local authorities, statutory agencies,
public and private sector organisations and our communities to achieve carbon
reduction outcomes and will seek to identify and share best practice;
12.In recognition of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s commitment to our Climate
Change Declaration on eliminating carbon emissions, protecting our region’s
biodiversity and natural environment we will appoint an elected member as our
Environment Champion.
With the magnitude of the task ahead, it is important to note that this motion will represent a
radical and comprehensive step change in Dumfries and Galloway Council’s approach over the
last decade to climate change. Consequently, a collegiate cross-party alliance is crucial, and
indeed is the reasonable expectation of the communities we represent. We must therefore adopt
an ethos that ensures in the years ahead that nothing should be off the table in our commitment to
protecting quality of life for generations to come. We urge you to support this motion.

Moved: Elaine Murray, Council Leader
Seconded: Rob Davidson, Depute Leader

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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

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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.

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“This is not a council problem, it is an issue for every resident in Warrington” https://t.co/jEcqsXRryx

— Warrington Guardian (@warringtonnews) June 18, 2019

Motion 2 – Climate Emergency
Proposer: Cllr Bob Barr
Seconder: Cllr Brian Axcell
Council notes:
• 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), exceeding the 350 ppm deemed to be a safe level for
humanity;
• In order to reduce runaway Global Warming and limit effects of Climate
Breakdown, it is vital that we as a species reduce our CO2eq (carbon
equivalent) emissions from the current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to 2
tonnes or less as soon as possible;
• Individuals cannot be expected to achieve this reduction alone. Society needs
to change its laws, taxation, infrastructure, etc., to make low carbon living
easier and the new norm;
• Current plans and local actions are not enough. The world is on track to
overshoot the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit before 2050. The IPCC’s Special
Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published last year, describes the
enormous harm that a 2°C rise is likely to cause compared to a 1.5°C rise, and
states that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with
ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the
private sector and local communities;
• Councils around the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’
and committing resources to address this emergency.
Council endorses the view that:
• All governments, whether national, regional or local, have a duty to limit the
negative impacts of Climate Breakdown, and local governments that recognise
this should not wait for national governments to change their policies. It is
important for the residents of Warrington and the UK that all settlements
commit to carbon neutrality as quickly as possible;
• Areas like Warrington are well placed to lead in reducing carbon emissions, as
they are in many ways easier to decarbonise than rural areas – for example
because of their capacity for heat networks and mass transit. Warrington has
ambitions to be an exemplar green town, we need to show how we will fulfil
those ambitions;
• The consequences of global temperature rising above 1.5°C are so severe that
preventing this from happening must be a shared global priority;
• Bold climate action can deliver economic benefits in terms of new jobs,
economic savings and market opportunities (as well as improved well-being for
people locally and worldwide).
Council calls on Cabinet to:
• Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
• Update the 2013 Warrington Declaration on Climate Change by pledging to
make Warrington carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production
and consumption emissions;
• Ask Westminster to provide powers and resources to make the2030 target
possible;
• Work with our MPs who are calling for a Climate Emergency to be declared and
acted upon;
• Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to
determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to
less than 1.5°C;
• Continue to work with partners across the town and region to deliver this new
goal through all relevant strategies and plans;
• End any direct Council investments in fossil fuels and request that the Cheshire
Pension Fund does the same, if there are any, within three years;
• Aim to make all Council owned property, both within and outside the borough,
carbon neutral by 2030;
• Report to Council within six months on the actions that are being taken, and
the Cabinet’s plan, and implementation timetable, for the future.

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— Caerphilly Observer (@CaerphillyObsvr) June 5, 2019

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The motion to join with other councils across the UK in declaring a global ‘climate emergency’ has been carried by Cardiff Council, Yes – 42, No – 0, Abstain – 12 #cdfcouncil

— Cardiff Council (@cardiffcouncil) March 28, 2019


Motion proposed by: Councillor Iona Gordon Seconded by: Councillor Owen Jones

This Council notes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C’, published in October 2018, which found that:

· Human-induced global warming reached approximately 1°C above pre-industrial levels in 2017, increasing at 0.2°C per decade.

· A 1.5°C rise will result in multiple negative impacts, including increases in frequency, intensity and/or amount of heavy precipitation in several regions, and the majority (70–90%) of warm water (tropical) coral reefs that exist today will disappear.

· A 2°C rise will result in much more severe harm, including a greater risk of water scarcity in some regions and increased frequency of severe weather events, droughts, floods, higher sea level rises, crop failures and destruction of land and marine eco-systems.

· With current strategies, the world is on track to overshoot the 1.5°C limit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement before 2050 and exceed 3°C by 2100.

· Limiting global warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities.

This Council further notes:

· the commitment of the administration to progress a wide range of projects in support of the existing Carbon Reduction Strategy, which include:

– the Radyr Weir hydroelectric scheme;

– the proposed Lamby Way solar farm;

– the proposed district heating network scheme serving areas of Cardiff Bay and the City Centre;

– energy saving initiatives, including the conversion of street lighting to LED;

– the increased use of electric vehicles (e.g. buses, taxis and council vehicles) and provision of charging points within the city;

– the commitment to achieve a 50:50 modal split between car and sustainable modes of travel for journeys to work by 2026;

– the construction of new energy efficient council homes; and

– the commitment to work with the Pensions Committee to consider divesting Council investments from fossil fuel companies.

· the £13.9m investment in clean and sustainable energy generation that formed part of the 2019/20 budget that was agreed on 28 February 2019.

· the participation of children and young people from Cardiff and across the world in demonstrations to demand global climate change action by national governments.

· that bold action to reduce carbon emissions can deliver economic benefits in terms of new jobs, economic savings and market opportunities, and can contribute to achieving the Well-being Goals set out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

This Council therefore resolves to:

1. join with other councils across the UK in declaring a global ‘climate emergency’ in response to the findings of the IPCC report.

2. support the implementation of the Welsh Government’s new Low Carbon Delivery Plan, as well as a range of measures to further reduce carbon emissions from the Council’s own operations, to help achieve the Welsh Government’s ambition for the public sector in Wales to be carbon neutral by 2030.

3. make representations to the Welsh and UK Governments, as appropriate, to provide the necessary powers, resources and technical support to local authorities in Wales to help them successfully meet the 2030 target.

4. continue to work with partners across the city and region to develop and implement best practice methods that can deliver carbon reductions and help limit global warming.