B&NES Council pass the Climate Emergency Motion

Last night B&NES Council passed the Climate Emergency Motion. At the meeting Cllr Lin Patterson handed in the petition that over 1350 members of the public had signed. Cllr Rob Appleyard proposed the motion with co-sponsor Cllr Mark Shelford. The decision was taken with overwhelming cross-party support.
Two amendments to the motion were tabled by Cllr Lin Patterson and Cllr Joe Rayment. These were both passed. The Labour amendment means that B&NES Council will not support expansion of Bristol Airport.

Councillor Appleyard, who proposed the Climate Emergency motion, commented:
“The vote sets us on a clear path of carbon reduction. Not only will we set our own house in order, but we will inspire others to act and create the conditions for them to do so. Tonight’s decision gives the next Council administration a great jumping off point to make the changes that are essential.”

Give your views on the TravelPlan for the West of England

The West of England Metro Mayor is consulting on its TravelPlan for the West of England, including Bath and Bristol.  For full details see:

 1) Visit the consultation webpage:
https://travelwest.info/projects/joint-local-transport-plan

2) Try out the transport priority tool:
https://transportplan.prioritysimulator.com

3) Fill in the online questionnaire:
https://travelwest.info/projects/joint-local-transport-plan

You only have until 20th March to respond and hopefully ensure we have more sustainable and environmental friendly transport priorities locally!

Sustainable Fashion Audit

This week the House of Commons Environmental Audit committee released “Fixing Fashion, clothing consumption and sustainability: Fashion, it Shouldn’t cost the Earth”. We are delighted that both local artist Alison Harper and educational researcher Sarah Chave, both Transition Larkhall members, who are collaborating on a project which focuses on what is waste and how it affects us on a daily basis, have contributed to this recently published report, for full details click on the link below.

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmenvaud/1952/1952.pdf

We live within the sky not beneath it

Alison Harper and Joanna Wright with a great deal of help and labour from Edward Leigh-Wood have just installed “We live within the sky not beneath it” along the London Road, Bath. This works is to raise awareness for the real need for a B&NES Council to declare a Climate Emergency and for B&NES to aim to be carbon neutral by 2030. Click here to read more.

Declare A National climate Emergency

Ariana Jordão started this petition to UK Government

https://www.change.org/p/uk-government-declare-a-national-climate-emergency-now

We are facing a climate catastrophe. Leading scientists have warned that we have 12 years to take emergency action on climate change, or we face the gravest threats to our local and global environment. This includes worsening risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. We must act urgently, starting by immediately declaring a national climate emergency.

If we let global warming go beyond 1.5°C, coral reefs will be completely eradicated, populations of insects that pollinate plants will be decimated, and ice-free summers in the arctic will be commonplace.

I was part of the campaign in Machynlleth, Wales, that got our local council to be one of the first in the UK to declare a Climate Emergency. All across the country, and indeed all over the world, people are calling on their councils to follow suit. 

Humankind is at a crossroads. Now it is time for our elected representatives in Westminster to act by declaring a nationwide Climate Emergency.  

Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world. But it’s not too late. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible – but it requires ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities.

In order to avert climate disaster, we are calling on the government to:

1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ now.

2. Halt fossil fuel expansion and fossil fuel subsidies by 2020 and begin to support the roll-out of clean renewable energy technologies immediately.

3. Ensure current and future policies are consistent with averting climate change and preventing ecological collapse.

4. Support the rapidly emerging climate action plans and resilience initiatives throughout the country.

5. Reduce carbon emissions to net zero no later than 2030.

Please sign my petition calling on the UK Government to declare a climate emergency and take urgent action to avoid a climate disaster for all of us, and for generations to come.

B&NES needs a Climate Emergency Motion: Sign the Petition

Please can you sign this petition, for a Climate Emergency Motion for B&NES,  to be presented to the council on March 14th:
https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/climate-emergency-petition-to-bath-and-north-east-somerset-council.html

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

Difficulty getting your child to school on a Bath bus?

Sarah Warren and Joanna Wright have been approached by parents with great concerns about getting their children too and from school each day.  This is now a major issue in Bath so we have created the following petition and are asking members of the public to sign it.

Please sign the Petition : Make safe, independent travel to school possible and affordable for every child aged 11 to 18, at all schools, state and private, in Bath & North East Somerset. Click here to sign.

Please urge anyone you know to join in and sign.