News: Climate Emergency Motion Proposed

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Climate Emergency
Climate Emergency

The newly elected Liberal Democrat Group proposed a Climate Emergency motion at the first Full Council Meeting of New Forest District Council held on Monday 20th May 2019.

The full text of the Motion is included in notes below.

The proposal was immediately passed to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee which meets in June.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Malcolm Wade (Butts Ash & Dibden Purlieu) who moved the proposal was disappointed at the decision in pushing the proposal to a Committee for discussion, rather than being discussed in Full Council.

He said:

“The accepted view amongst scientists and experts is that we are now at a critical stage of damaging our home and planet,and that everything that can be done, must be done.

Are New Forest Conservative Councillors truly so disinterested in this vital subject for our residents that they want to push it into the undergrowth of a Committee without a full and open debate at the outset?

“The Liberal Democrat Group are completely in agreement that we must declare a climate emergency.

“We would aim to make the New Forest district carbon neutral by 2030, considering both production and consumption emissions.

We would ask our officers to report to full Council within six months setting out the immediate actions the Council will take to address this emergency and a plan to measure annual countywide progress towards meeting the 2030 target.

“We would work with partners across the district and the region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans and drawing on local and global best practice and actively lobby the Government to provide the additional powers and resources needed to meet the 2030 target.”

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