Assem­bly will hear ideas to tackle global cri­sis

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Phillip THOMP­SON phillip.thomp­[email protected]­

PEO­PLE can have their say on what can be done to tackle “the most press­ing is­sue fac­ing our planet”.

Res­i­dents in Chel­tenham are be­ing urged to par­tic­i­pate in a Cli­mate Emer­gency Assem­bly next month.

They will be given an op­por­tu­nity to share their views on what needs to be done.

The meet­ing, which will be chaired by Coun­cil­lor Max Wilkinson (LD, Oak­ley) at the Mu­nic­i­pal Of­fices on Prom­e­nade, was pro­posed af­ter a mo­tion to de­clare a cli­mate emer­gency was passed unan­i­mously by Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary.

More than 100 coun­cils across the coun­try have re­port­edly de­clared a cli­mate emer­gency, the most re­cent in Glouces­ter­shire be­ing Cotswold Dis­trict Coun­cil at the start of this month.

Mr Wilkinson said: “The cli­mate emer­gency is the most press­ing is­sue fac­ing our town, our coun­try and our planet.

“Many peo­ple have con­tacted me since I pro­posed the mo­tion ear­lier this

year and I know there are plenty of ideas about how we should go about things lo­cally.

“That’s why it’s re­ally im­por­tant that we have this assem­bly to hear what ev­ery­body has to say and use the feed­back to build on our lo­cal ini­tia­tives.

“It’s in­evitable that some of the things we have to con­sider will in­volve new ways of do­ing things and the de­bate will be tough at times.”

The Lib­eral Demo­crat prospec­tive par­lia­men­tary can­di­date for Chel­tenham added: “We can­not ig­nore this huge prob­lem and it’s re­ally im­por­tant our com­mu­nity talks things through so we can all gain a greater un­der­stand­ing of the com­plex chal­lenges we all face to­gether.”

Mr Wilkinson’s pro­posal re­ceived unan­i­mous back­ing at a Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

The coun­cil is now pre­par­ing a re­port to look at what can be done lo­cally to achieve car­bon neu­tral­ity by 2030.

Stroud Dis­trict Coun­cil de­clared a cli­mate emer­gency last Novem­ber and when Cotswold Dis­trict Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved call­ing a cli­mate emer­gency at a full coun­cil meet­ing this month it stated that it would agree on a “wide range of ac­tions to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment”.

The event in Chel­tenham will start at 7.15pm on Tuesday, Au­gust 6 in the coun­cil cham­ber.

Any­one wish­ing to speak on a topic at the assem­bly is asked to regis­ter their in­ten­tion, along with de­tails of their area of in­ter­est, in ad­vance by email­ing con­[email protected]­

Cli­mate change has been de­scribed as “the most press­ing is­sue fac­ing our town, our coun­try and our planet”

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