- Please bring your own homemade climate change sign to display around the town.
- Please email your district councillor to ask them to support the motion.
- You can also join us on July 11th at 6:15pm at Penrith Town Hall to show support for the motion.
The petition and motion
The 6-point petition asks the council to declare a Climate Emergency.
The motion provides a means for the council to take the petition forward with action on both the Climate Emergency and the Ecological Emergency:
This motion calls on Eden District Council:
- To declare a Climate Emergency and an Ecological Emergency.
- To aim to make Eden District carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.
- Critically to evaluate the ecological impacts of all Eden District Council’s decisions and actions; to refuse initiatives that will result in the degradation of the natural environment and biodiversity; and actively to promote the safeguarding and improvement of the natural environment.
- To prepare, by the end of 2019, a strategic plan to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030, across all activities for which the Council is responsible, working with independent expert advisory groups to ensure the council adopts best practice.
- To call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and funding to meet a 2030 zero carbon target across Eden District.
- To work together with other councils, public and private sector organisations (within Eden, Cumbria, the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to achieve zero emissions in Eden District by 2030.
- To work with Eden’s residents, from schoolchildren to elders, to formulate, deliver, and monitor plans and actions which will tackle the climate and ecological emergencies.
What is the Climate Emergency?
Since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report of October 2018, Town, District, County and Metropolitan Councils of all political persuasions across the UK have passed motions committing them to addressing the climate crisis. Across the world local government bodies are doing the same. The following motion invites Eden District Council to join the many other Councils that are determined to make their contribution to tackling the climate crisis.
The scientific evidence of the threat we all face is undeniable. In relation to the IPCC report, Mary Robinson former President of Ireland and UN Special Envoy on Climate has said: “We have to understand that we face an existential threat that is going to undermine the future prospects for our children and grandchildren”.
Unless we act on climate, we collectively face the greatest threat to our local and global environment.