Local Liberal Democrats Councillors are celebrating after South Gloucestershire Council passed a motion declaring a Climate Emergency and committing the authority to cutting the area’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 at Wednesday’s meeting of full Council. The motion was original tabled by the Lib Dems, but following successful discussions with Labour and the Conservatives, a revised version was agreed with unanimous cross-party support.
Proposer of the motion, Cllr Claire Young, said: “I’m extremely pleased that the Council has taken this important step and I am grateful to the other parties for seconding the motion and agreeing to tackle this problem together. The Conservative administration previously expressed some hesitation in going for the 2030 target but, to their credit, they listened to the evidence presented to them and to the passionate views of campaigners and the opposition parties and have now joined us in committing to the 2030 target. We are in a much better position to combat the climate emergency because we have agreed to work together as one united Council on this issue. It just goes to show what politicians can achieve when we sit down and work together constructively.”
Lib Dem Climate Spokesperson, Cllr Louise Harris, said: “We should be under no illusions that achieving net zero carbon by 2030 is a huge task, but it is one which we must be equal to. We can no longer afford to treat climate change as a future threat – it is a real and present danger and we must act accordingly. I was hugely encouraged by the numbers of residents who came to Wednesday night’s meeting to support the 2030 target and to offer their help in making it happen. South Gloucestershire Council must provide leadership, but it must also find away to engage the whole community to achieve this goal with a sense of shared purpose. We have agreed to scope out an action plan by the end of the year. We will then need to make it happen over each of the next 10 years. Kicking the can down the road is not an option.”