Hythe & Dibden Parish Council Declares Climate Emergency
Published: 29 January 2020
What is a climate and nature emergency and why do we need one?
The recent 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on Climate Change which is summarised HERE
, states that there is already a human-caused 1°C rise in global temperature. The difference between the impacts of global warming of 2˚C and 1.5˚C is much greater than previously thought and we are currently heading for a catastrophic 3˚C rise. To reverse this, we need to get to Zero Carbon emissions by 2030.
Growing numbers of parish, town and county councils are declaring a Climate Emergency. This is a genuine commitment to work towards a specific measurable target. It might seem that a Parish Council can’t really do much, but Climate change is relevant to many of our activities…
This Council will be investigating initiatives to operate in a greener way and support the community in making the small choices that combined make a big difference.
This proposal provides justification to treat climate change as a factor in future decision making.
All levels of government national, regional and local, have a duty to secure our community from the negative impacts of climate breakdown. Local government should not wait for national government to change their policies.
Hythe & Dibden Parish Council declared a climate emergency at Full Council on 18th December 2019.
Chairman of Hythe and Dibden Parish Council Malcolm Wade said “Hythe and Dibden Parish council recognise we all have a responsibility and a role to play in reducing carbon emissions to help save the environment for future generations. By declaring a Climate Emergency, the Council are committing itself to do all they can to reduce the Authority’s carbon footprint to a carbon-neutral position asap and showing the leadership in fighting climate change in our community “