Notice of motion: Action to address climate emergency
Moved by Councillor Care, seconded by Councillor Eldret
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have
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warned that we have 12 years to make the necessary changes to limit a
rise in global temperatures to 1.5oC. Failure to act will see a marked
increase in sea levels and flooding, extreme and abrupt changes to
weather patterns, crop failures, extinctions of plant, insect and animal
species and global economic disruption and crisis. The increased
frequency and intensity of extreme weather events that we have
experienced locally highlight why this is such an important issue for Derby
City Council to respond to.
At the Global Climate Talks in Poland last December the UK along with
over 200 nations agreed action on climate change with a much greater role
strongly implied for Local and Regional Authorities like Derby City Council
in assisting Governments to achieve their carbon emission savings.
This Council therefore:
– Declares a Climate Emergency;
– Notes that our current targets are inadequate to respond to the
challenge of keeping global temperature rises below 1.5c.
This Council requests that:
(a) a Derby Climate Change working group is established to respond to this
challenge, that meets in public with wide representation including from all
party groups;
(b) considering recommendations from the proposed working group, the
Cabinet sets a new target for Derby to be carbon neutral and develops an
action plan, by the end of 2019, to achieve this;
(c) resolves to work with other local authorities and public, private and
voluntary sector partners on carbon reduction projects to ensure the UK is
able to deliver on its climate commitments; and
(d) the Government provides the necessary resources and powers so that
Derby can make its contribution to the UK’s Carbon Reduction targets.