Copy of Motion (passed unanimously):

This Council notes with concern the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) report on global climate change impacts and the recent
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
(IPBES) reports on global species and habitat loss. Council notes also that our coastal
city on the edge of the South Downs is affected by these threats, which are projected
to intensify.
Further to this, Council:
(1) Declares its recognition of global climate and biodiversity emergencies;
(2) Requests the Policy, Resources & Growth Committee to:
 undertake a short review of BHCC governance policies and progress aimed at
addressing locally these twin threats and to report on findings;
 consider a target date of 2030 for whole city carbon neutrality;
 consider how the Council can strengthen local protection and enhancement of
species, habitats and ecosystems services under available powers;
(3) Request the Chief Executive to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer stating
the concern of the Council with respect to the above, the likely national impact on
the economy and on the wellbeing of citizens, and requesting government
funding be made available to implement swift appropriate actions in response.

Proposed by: Cllr Sykes Seconded by: Cllr Greenbaum

Supporting Information:
UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2018
Climate change, biodiversity and human health
WWF Living Planet report 2018
Biodiversity: state of emergency