Climate Change is an Emergency

A Labour administration will declare a climate and ecological emergency within 100 days of taking office and establish a cabinet post dedicated to climate change. Labour commits to moving the County Council to net zero carbon emissions and dramatically curbing other greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 by:

  • Hardwiring in climate change action, with a long-term, cross-party plan agreed to ensure continued action, no matter who wins future elections
  • Changing all council vehicles to electric alternatives as soon as practical
  • Ensuring all councillors undertake climate change training
  • Start an electric car-only staff lease scheme for staff and encourage use of cycling, including e-bikes, through the cycle to work scheme

We will also tackle waste, pollution, flooding and the lack of biodiversity by:

  • Eliminating single use plastics and reducing waste of all kinds
  • Ensuring Community Flood Groups have a right of attendance at multi-agency Making Space for Water meetings
  • Resourcing our planning team to ensure strict assessment of planning applications and apply strong standards of flood prevention measures
  • Working with schools to make the school gates fume-free
  • Committing to the Plant life approach to cutting verges and other areas. We will only mow where sightlines are needed and other grassy areas will be managed responsibly, including reduced mowing to encourage biodiversity
  • Prioritising weeding on footpaths to enable access
Wind turbines at sunset in winter
Wind turbines at sunset in winter
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