Bude & Stratton Town Council declared a climate emergency at their full meeting last night.
Members of Climate Action Bude turned out in number at the meeting and were thrilled by the result. Their Facebook page explains their motivation:
Bude & Stratton Town Council have resolved to prepare a motion to declare a Climate Emergency to come before the September Full Council meeting. However, it is far from certain that this motion will gain sufficient support to be passed. Climate Action Bude exists to bring together our community behind this motion. We want to make sure that our local council understand how important this issue is to the people of Bude.
On 8th October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a vital report on the state of climate science. They warned that if the planet warmed by 1.5C there would be some devastating consequences, such as the loss of most coral reefs, and increased extreme weather such as heatwaves and floods. Yet the consequences of allowing 2C warming would be truly catastrophic. Given that the planet is currently heading for 3-4C warming, keeping to 1.5C requires a radical shift which must be led by those we have elected to represent us.
Well, it did gain enough support to be passed, and now the real work starts on doing things locally to combat climate change.
Photo courtesy of Climate Action Bude.