SUSTAINABLE BRAMPTON NEWSFLASH 7 JAN 19
The recent UN IPCC report states clearly that there is at most 12 years left to prevent average global temperatures from rising above 1.5 degrees C, above which modelling indicates that the planet will experience climate breakdown.
Christiana Figueres, former UN head of ‘Climate Change Action’ has stated that, “There is nothing opaque about this data. The illustrations of mounting impacts, the fast-approaching and irreversible tipping points are visceral versions of a future that no policy maker could wish to usher in or be responsible for.” Climate change transcends all politics and every nation will be affected by the consequences.
The Chair of Sustainable Carlisle Mark Lloyd is tabled to ask the following question at the next Carlisle City Council meeting tomorrow evening (Tue 8 Jan) from 6.45pm:
1. What urgent and specific steps is the city council taking to mitigate against and adapt to the climate change and breakdown challenges we face?
He also intends to ask this supplementary question:
2. What advice, assistance and support would Carlisle City Council like and request from Sustainable Carlisle, Sustainable Brampton, Cumbria Action for Sustainability, COWC and the many individuals and experts already working on these issues locally?
Mark hopes to persuade the Council to engage with concerned organisations and individuals in order to prepare and implement an emergency climate change response plan. In 2008 the City Council signed the Nottingham declaration on Climate Change along with other authorities (link here Climate Change Declaration by Carlisle City Council) but progress over the last 10 years has been both patchy and much too slow.
The first step would be for the council to arrange an urgent meeting with representatives from the organisations listed above to enable specific tasks and priorities to be identified and costed. It is envisaged that an ad hoc Carlisle Climate Crisis Coalition group may need to be formed to take issues forward.
Mark would appreciate support/witnesses to attend the session in the public gallery so that councillors can see the local interest in this issue. Charmi McCutcheon will be attending from Sustainable Brampton and has space in her car for others (please contact her through me).
Apologies for the short notice but any comments and thoughts would still be welcome after the event
Tim Coombe Chair Sustainable Brampton