Sound the alarm for climate change - council to be asked to take actionSeptember 16, 2019Mayor Ros Jones is to put a motion to Full Council to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency. The motion asks that Doncaster Council:
(a) Sets a new target and action plan for Doncaster to become carbon neutral;
(b) Resolves to work with our partners, other local authorities and the Yorkshire Region on carbon reduction projects to ensure the UK is able to deliver on its climate commitments;
(c) Resolves to put sustainability, biodiversity and carbon reduction at the heart of this council’s agenda going forward supporting communities, business and individuals locally to make more sustainable choices, and
(d) Calls on the Government to provide the resources and powers so that Doncaster can make its contribution to the UK’s Carbon Reduction targets.
The papers are available on the council website (see item 8): https://doncaster.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=130&MId=2851
The meeting starts at 6pm in the Civic Office’s Council Chamber.
Mayor Ros Jones said: “The threat that climate change poses to our planet is significant and we cannot overlook that we all have a part to play in tackling it. That is why I am asking council to support key actions that will help our borough do what it can to reduce our carbon footprint and help us become a more sustainable place in which to live and work. The choices we make at work and home have impacts on our resources and natural environment and we need to recognise this and act. Young people amongst others have shown they want to see change and as a council, I believe, we need to have this thinking as part of our DNA and support this change for the better.”
Team Doncaster partnership board, which Mayor Ros chairs, is also supporting change and will pledge to support making the borough more sustainable and to make more planet-conscious choices.
Leaders from organisations and agencies in the borough are to sign a Sound the Alarm for Climate Change pledge at a rally outside the council offices in Sir Nigel Gresley Square at 11am on Friday 20 September. School children, council staff, trade unions and Team Doncaster partners will gather to raise awareness of climate change and biodiversity impact.
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