On 15th May 2019 Gloucestershire County Council joined many other local authorities in declaring a climate emergency.
What does this mean?
The United Nations explain:
“Global emissions are reaching record levels and show no sign of peaking. The last four years were the four hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heatwaves and risks to food security.
The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.
The latest analysis shows that if we act now, we can reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C and even, as asked by the latest science, to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
Thankfully, we have the Paris Agreement – a visionary, viable, forward-looking policy framework that sets out exactly what needs to be done to stop climate disruption and reverse its impact. But the agreement itself is meaningless without ambitious action.”
As a result…
Gloucestershire County Council has committed to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2030; with the remaining being offset, resulting in a “net zero” organisation.
The council also committed;
- to follow scientific advice of the Committee on Climate Change,
- to help deliver a carbon neutral county by 2050,
- to work with partners to identify what measures would be needed to deliver a stepped target of 80 per cent carbon reduction by 2030, reflecting the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change.
But we need a plan to make this happen.
The county council now needs to refresh its Climate Change Strategy. This is a document which will plan how the council will tackle climate change in Gloucestershire. We will be talking to partner organisations, local residents, and businesses. We need your feedback to make our plans achievable and realistic. If you have any problems with any issues relating to completing this questionnaire please contact Nigel Beacom at firstname.lastname@example.org