Reigate and Banstead Council agrees Climate Change Motion

At the full Council meeting on 7 February 2019, Reigate & Banstead Council adopted a Climate Change motion tabled by the Green Councillors.

The Climate Change Motion commits the Council to greater and more urgent action on climate change, in light of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming published in October 2018, which stated that we have just 12 years to act on climate change if global temperature rises are to be kept within the recommended 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In doing so, the Council committed to update its Carbon Management Plan in light of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming published in October 2018, which stated that we have just 12 years to act on climate change if global temperature rises are to be kept within the 1.5 degrees Celsius. They agreed to set a carbon neutral target and a governance structure to ensure close monitoring of the Plan.  And they agreed to call on the Government to provide the necessary powers and resources to make local action on climate change easier.

An amendment made by the Conservative Councillors means that this will be embodied in the Council’s Corporate Plan.

Green Cllr Jonathan Essex said: “I’m delighted that the motion was debated, drew support across the Council, and will be part of Reigate and Banstead’s long-term strategy going forward. To stop dangerous climate change, it’s crucial we bridge the huge gap between what we have to do and what is actually happening. Councils taking action, including here in Reigate and Banstead, is vital as much of that change needs to be locally led.”

Cllr Hal Brown said: “I’m delighted that the Council approved the motion and was not left out of what has become a powerful call to action on climate change in councils up and down the country, led by Green councillors. We brought the motion to ensure Reigate and Banstead puts its head above the parapet and takes a lead in becoming a cleaner, greener place to live and work for us and our children.”

The Green Councillors will monitor progress closely to see that the Motion is not just an empty gesture but that real change happens as a result.

You can see the text of the Motion here

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