Oswestry Town Council resolves that we are in a climate emergency

11 December 2018

Global warmingAt a Council meeting last night, Oswestry Town Council became the first Parish Council in Shropshire to accept that we are facing a climate emergency and resolved to show local leadership by:

  • Reducing carbon emissions by becoming a carbon neutral Council by 2030.
  • Completing a carbon audit and action plan to deliver sustained reductions in the Council’s carbon footprint.
  • Requiring reports to the Council to identify the impact of any proposals on the Councils carbon footprint, and
  • Forming a working party to encourage the community of Oswestry to reduce its carbon emissions and become more resilient to climate change.

Green Party Councillor Olly Rose who presented the motion said "I am delighted that Oswestry has joined with Councils including Liverpool, Bristol and Stroud in recognising the impact that climate change is already starting to have on the prospects for the children growing up in our town. I am grateful to fellow Councillors for their support in this and look forward to hearing from local people on their own ideas for cutting carbon emissions for the benefit of future generations".

A similar resolution to become a Carbon neutral Council has been put forward by Green Shropshire Councillor Julian Dean to Shropshire Unitary Council and will be considered at its meeting on Thursday.