Climate change is the greatest issue of our time. It is a global crisis demanding a global response, but also a local one. We must all, individually and collectively, actively work towards ensuring that this planet continues to enjoy an environment hospitable to human life.
Climate change might seem remote in time and scale, but even in rural Shropshire we will experience the effects of global warming. Direct effects include increased rainfall and increased frequency and severity of storms and flooding events. We could experience hotter, drier summers, increasing the risk of water shortages and putting more pressure on healthcare services. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to increased heat stress.
This page is mostly concerned with the work we're doing locally in Shropshire rather than at national or international level.
Mon 25th March 5.30pm
The Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury
Following on from successful motions passed by Oswestry Town Council and Shropshire Council, we invite everyone to a demonstration in support of a similar motion coming before Shrewsbury Town Council calling on it to declare a climate emergency and to take immediate steps to reduce carbon emissions. More information here.
The following is the full text of the motion approved by Shropshire Council in December 2018:
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has recently made clear the scale of the emergency facing us all. It is clear that current action to reduce emissions is inadequate both globally and in the UK, and if unchecked will result in a catastrophic 3 degrees of global warming.
The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.
The UK Government is yet to put forward plans for partnerships with local councils to achieve the Paris climate goals, although emissions reduction efforts at the local level could help the UK government achieve and exceed its existing National Determined Contribution.
In the interim before Central Government comes forward with proposals for Local Government based on the Paris Agreement this Council resolves to:
We encourage the Task & Finish Group to consider the following as starting points in their considerations:
This is the text of the motion submitted by Councillor Olly Rose to Oswestry Town Council:
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report in October 2018 on the subject of "Global Warming of 1.5°C". The report is an international effort to summarise the current scientific consensus on how society might limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, as well as the likely consequences of this and greater levels of warming occuring. The report makes clear the huge scale of the emergency facing us all. In order to limit warming to 1.5°C it will be necessary to halve global carbon emissions by 2030 and to achieve near-zero net emissions by 2050.
To facilitate the reduction of carbon emissions, Oswestry Council resolves to: