An all-party climate emergency working group is to be established in Derry and Strabane to look at further measures that can be taken locally to mitigate against the global climate crisis.

The move comes after the Council unanimously backed a recent motion tabled by SDLP Councillor Mary Durkan declaring a climate emergency.

Colr Durkan proposed that the local authority note that “urgent action” is required at international, national, local and individual level to “address the devastating impact of climate change”.

She commended the Council for projects under way, and proposed they formally recognise and work with environmental campaigners, young activists, pressure groups and others in seeking to protect local people from the effects of climate breakdown.

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