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Councils declaring climate emergency: new hope for climate action?

Scientists make it clear – we’re facing a climate emergency

On 8th October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a vital report on the state of climate science. They warned that if the planet warmed by 1.5C there would be some devastating consequences, such as the loss of most coral reefs, and increased extreme weather such as heatwaves and floods. Yet the consequences of allowing 2C warming would be truly catastrophic. Given that the planet is currently heading for 3-4C warming, keeping to 1.5C requires a radical shift across across energy, land, industrial, urban and other systems to reduce emissions, unprecedented in history for its speed.

On 29th October, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, set out his budget. It did not mention climate change.

Local councils setting targets for going zero carbon

In November, the councils of two major cities, Bristol and Manchester, passed motions declaring a ‘climate emergency’ and setting targets aiming to be carbon neutral by 2030 and 2038 respectively. Since then, there has been a wave of Climate Emergency declarations by councils across the UK Climate Emergency website)

Teignbridge are debating this essential motion on Thursday 18 April at 9.30. at Forde House Newton Abbot.

Please come and join us!


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