Richmond Council unanimously back Greens’ climate emergency motion

A Green Party motion calling on Richmond Council to declare a climate emergency and make the borough carbon neutral by 2030 passed at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 9 July with the full support of councillors from all parties. 
The motion, proposed by Green Group leader Councillor Richard Bennett, follows the Greens’ successful motion of September 2018 calling for Council to take an over-arching approach to tackling Climate Change. 
 Councillors, Friends of the Earth and Extinction Rebellion outside York House
In November 2018, the IPCC report warned that humanity has 12 years (now 11) to take emergency action in order to prevent global warming greater than 1.5°C. Above this, the risks to humanity of floods, droughts, extreme heat and poverty become much greater, impacting on hundreds of millions more people.
Recognising the dire threat to all life on earth, the Greens have asked Council to declare a Climate Emergency and pledge to make Richmond carbon neutral by 2030, producing the action plans to do so by January 2020.
The motion reads:
Council joins the rapidly growing number of councils that have declared a ‘Climate Change Emergency’. It rejects the idea that this declaration is a symbolic gesture and will give substance to its commitment. Council therefore resolves to become recognised as the Greenest London Borough. It will undertake the factual analysis, target setting, and produce the strategy and action plans necessary by January 2020, in order to realise this goal and become carbon neutral by 2030.
On Monday 15 July, the Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Service Committee will consider Richmond Council’s new Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy produced as a result of the Green Party motion in September. If passed, this will immediately be put out to resident consultation from 16 July-26 September.
We call on all residents to have their say and to push Council to be as swift and determined as possible in adopting and enforcing measures to tackle and mitigate the climate emergency.
(Pictured above: the motion was supported by Climate activists Extinction Rebellion Richmond and Richmond & Twickenham Friends of the Earth who registered their support outside York House before the Council Meeting.)

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