Labour Councillor Theresa Norton is putting a motion to Scarborough Borough Council, with the support of the Labour Group, to declare an ecological emergency and to commit itself to the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. “Pledges like the Paris Agreement to limit the earth’s warming to 1.5C can only be met by action and policies by politicians” says Cllr Norton. “At the present time the gap between pledges and policies that will make a difference to lowering emissions is catastrophically large, leading to 4 per cent warming by 2100.”
Recent wildfires, flooding and other extreme weather events worldwide are clear indications of the consequences of the climate crisis as set out in the 2018 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). According to the IPCC it may still not be too late to limit global warming to 1.5C with action taken now by national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities.
Theresa’s motion proposes that Scarborough Council should throw its support behind the private members Bill currently before Parliament, called the Climate and Ecology Bill, urge local MP Robert Goodwill to vote for the Bill, work in collaboration with local groups and communities to restore and protect natural habit, and request Overview and Scrutiny examine ways for the Council to protect wildlife habit.
You can help support Cllr Norton’s motion by emailing your Scarborough Councillor asking them to back the motion. Or contact Robert Goodwill MP and request him to vote for the Bill in Parliament.