Please can you sign this petition, for a Climate Emergency Motion for B&NES, to be presented to the council on March 14th:
Many councils have called Climate Emergency Motions, Bristol being the first city to pass this resolution.
1,500 signatures are needed by March, so please can you ask one friend in B&NES to also sign the petition.
You can also sign up and register to speak at the Motion for up to 3 minutes. To do this contact Democratic Services at B&NES Email: Democratic_Services@BATHNES.GOV.UK
- Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world;
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published 8/10/2018, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C rise is likely to cause compared to a 1.5°C rise, and told us that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities;
- The World Meteorological Organisation in their annual bulletin (Nov 2018) state that carbon dioxide levels have hit new highs of 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, up from 403.3 ppm in 2016 and 400.1 ppm in 2015, levels not seen for millions of years. This far exceeds the 350 ppm deemed to be a safe level for humanity; They warn that “the window of opportunity for action is almost closed”;
- The world’s leading climate scientists warn that there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5oC, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people;
- Global temperatures have already increased by 1 degree Celsius from pre-industrial levels and they are still rising rapidly, with impacts being felt around the world today;
- The world is on track to overshoot the Paris agreement’s 1.5°c limit before 20501;
- Society needs to help all our citizens reduce their own carbon emissions by changing its laws, taxation, infrastructure, policies and plans, to make low carbon living easier and the new norm;
- In order to reduce the very real risk of runaway global warming and the dramatic impacts on the global environment, it is imperative that all our citizens take the boldest steps to reduce our CO2 emissions from their current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes as soon as possible;
- Carbon emissions result from both production and consumption;
- City Councils around the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address this emergency. 4