Lib Dems call for Woking to declare a Climate Emergency

July 21, 2019 4:30 PM
By Councillor Will Forster
Originally published by Woking Liberal Democrats

Lib Dems call for Woking Council to declare a climate emergency
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The Lib Dems have called for Woking Borough Council to declare a Climate Emergency and pledge to make the Council carbon neutral by 2030.

Councillor Will Forster and the Lib Dem Group are bringing forward a motion to the next Full Council meeting on Thursday 25th July calling for Woking Council to declare a climate emergency. The Lib Dems want the Council, its wholly-owned companies and contractors to aim to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Lib Dem Councillor Will Forster said:

"Climate change is the most pressing issue facing us today. It is crucial that Woking Borough Council declares a climate emergency and agrees an ambitious carbon emissions reduction plan."

"Earlier this month, I succeeded in getting Surrey County Council to declare a climate emergency and start to take action to reduce its carbon emissions. I hope that Woking Council will also declare a climate emergency."

"Woking Council's current target remains at an unambitious 2050, which is much too late according to climate scientists. The Lib Dems demand better than warm words and no action. We demand a Council that listens to it's people on climate change."

Councillor Ken Howard, Lib Dem Spokesperson on the Environment, added:

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"There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that man-made climate change is accelerating far faster than previously thought, and that urgent action is needed by national and local government, as well as civil society and the private sector. Woking Borough Council needs to play its full part in that, if we are going to prevent the worst effects of climate change. This is not an issue we can afford to put off any longer."