Council declares Climate Change Emergency

Wealden Council has declared a Climate Change Emergency, pledged to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and is drawing up a plan to achieve that. wealden-district-council-un

The decision was made at a full council meeting last week and a report is due to be drawn up for consideration in December to show the way forward.

Zero emissions

There were moves at the meeting to bring the zero emissions target date forward to 2030 and bring publication of the report forward to October.

But Cllr Roy Galley who is responsible for economic development, waste management and human relations, and council leader Cllr Bob Standley both said it was important that the council made its decisions based on fact and knowing how much money would be needed. That would take time.

Costs

Cllr Standley said £200,000 had already been made available but at this stage he had no idea whether that would be enough.

He pointed out that other councils had set earlier target dates but they had no plans or money to take action.

Devastating

The council’s concerns about climate change are based on a report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which warns of the “devastating consequences” of global warming of 1.5 degrees C.

Read more about the issues being considered by the council in a previous Uckfield News report: Council considers declaration of climate change emergency.

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