5 December 2018
The Green Party is taking action on climate change by encouraging local councils to show leadership in reducing their own carbon emissions and helping their communities to do likewise. To help prevent the catastrophic effects likely to result from runaway climate change.
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in October this year spoke about the urgent need for climate action. The Paris Agreement called for governments to keep global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees and as close as possible to 1.5 degrees. He said: "We are way off target The commitments made so far by Parties to the Paris Agreement represent just one-third of what is needed."
We risk irreversible catastrophe if we don’t act more quickly as 1 degree warming has already occurred.
This is the text of the motion submitted by Councillor Julian Dean to Shropshire Council:
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 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 lieu of a central government lead this Council agrees to: