News: Council plots new environment strategy after declaring climate emergency

News: Council plots new environment strategy after declaring climate emergency

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The district council will work with businesses and locals to reduce their carbon footprint after declaring a climate emergency.

Councillors say they will develop a new environment strategy and policy and look at pilot programmes to reduce the authority’s reliance on fossil fuel technology.

North Kesteven District Council was the council in Lincolnshire to make the declaration at a full council meeting on Thursday, July 11.

NK Independent Councillor Marianne Overton, who tabled the motion, said the move sends an important “public statement”.

“It fits really well with the decisions we have been taking as a council and where we want to go,” she said.

“We are all working together and taking a leading role for our communities and making a better life for them.”

 

Council leader Richard Wright added that the council had already taken steps to tackle climate change, such as removing single use plastics from the authority and reducing emissions by 67 percent over the last 10 years.

Councillor Peter Lundgren said the North Kesteven motion was about young people, in particular his daughter’s generation.

“This is about our young people, this is an issue for the next generation,” he said.

“It’s something that our generation and perhaps our grandfather’s generation have left to them.

“I hope this goes some way to telling young people that we do care.”

More than 100 authorities across the UK have passed motions declaring a climate emergency.

 

The declarations are often followed up with further motions, such as a pledge to become carbon neutral over the next decade.

MPs made their own declaration in May, although it did not legally require the government to act.

Lincolnshire County Council rejected a motion to make a declaration and become carbon neutral by 2030 back in May.

The authority said it “recognised” there was a climate problem and instead made a commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Extinction Rebellion campaigners said the move “was not good enough”.



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