Labour says that Charnwood climate declaration does not go far enough as Tories vote against calling a climate emergency
Labour has said a climate declaration passed by Charnwood Borough Council on 24th June 2019 is too weak.
The declaration referred to an aim towards carbon neutrality of the Council’s activities by 2030. But this aim did not include the operations of its contractors.
An amendment from Labour Councillors Alice Brennan and Emma Ward called for Charnwood Borough Council to declare a climate change emergency, to turn the carbon neutrality “aim” into a firm commitment, and to incorporate the activities of contractors into climate commitments. The Conservatives, who hold a majority on the Council, failed to support these suggestions.
Labour Parliamentary Candidate Stuart Brady who was at the Council meeting said, “at the start of May this year a Labour led initiative saw the UK Parliament declare a climate emergency. Later in May, a further Labour led initiative saw Leicestershire County Council declare a climate emergency. This was a golden opportunity for our Borough Council to join this movement and recognise the urgency of the situation facing our planet.”
Cllr. Brennan said: “Parliament and at least 90 Councils across England and Wales have called a climate emergency. If we want to demonstrate a genuine commitment on climate change, Charnwood must call a Climate Emergency as well. We are very disappointed with this major missed opportunity.”
Cllr. Ward said “the aim of carbon neutrality of the Borough Council’s activities by 2030 is meaningless unless it is turned into a firm commitment. We also need to be more ambitious as a Borough in adopting low carbon technologies.”
Newly elected Councillor Paul Boldrin added “the Council’s commitment on tree planting needs to go further than the 100,000 trees promised in this motion. Trees are already being cut down as part of the widening of the A512 and work to the A512/M1 junction and more will be felled when work begins on the Garendon Park development. We need to do much more to replace them and plant many more”.