Climate Emergency

Declare a Climate Emergency PACT and others are calling on Eden District Council to declare a Climate Emergency with the aim of making Eden District carbon neutral by 2030.

A petition has been launched, and we need your help!  Please would you sign it and ask your friends and family as well. The petition can't be online unfortunately, so please download and print out the sheet below. When you've finished with your sheet, please email ali@parhelia.org.uk to arrange collection.  And please write your councillor to ask them to support the Climate Emergency declaration.

Here's what the petition is calling on the council to do:

  1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’
  2. Aim to make Eden District carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions
  3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to successfully meet the 2030 target
  4. Work with other councils and organisations (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit global warming to less than 1.5°C
  5. Work with partners in Parish, Town and Cumbria County Councils to help deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies, plans and shared resources
  6. Produce a fully costed action plan to meet the carbon neutral target to be presented to Full Council in 2019

Further information is attached below.  We hope that councillors from many political parties will support and submit this resolution once the new council is formed after elections on 2nd May 2019.

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.