Around the world we see evidence that climate change is real, significant and affects us all. Thinking and acting locally has a vital role to play in helping to tackle our Climate Emergency.
After the Earley Town Council meeting on the 17th February, Council Leader Clive Jones said, “Tonight our Council passed what I believe are two of the most important resolutions in the history of the Town Council, binding Earley Town Council to play its full and proper role in helping to tackle our Climate Emergency.”
“The first resolution committed Early Town Council to:
- declare a Climate Emergency in Earley.
- engage with Earley stakeholders to develop and implement an Earley Town Council Climate Emergency Action Plan.
- ensure that the Climate Emergency and related environmental issues are front and centre in Earley Town Council decision making.
- develop and implement realistic strategies and actions, within the remit and capacity of Earley Town Council, to help tackle the Climate Emergency.
- support local and wider initiatives to tackle the Climate Emergency.
- work with Wokingham Borough Council, where relevant and practicable, to support our joint ambition for the Borough to be carbon neutral by 2030.”
“The second resolution set out the Council’s ambition to present a Draft Earley Town Council Climate Emergency Action Plan to the Council meeting on the 31st March. This will be followed by a 12 month period of meaningful engagement with Earley stakeholders, leading to the adoption of an Earley Town Council Climate Emergency Plan.” Cllr. Jones explained, “In the meantime we will press on with the Council’s ongoing, recent initiatives along with some new ‘green’ ideas.”
Cllr. Jones concluded, “Declaring a climate emergency means nothing without credible and achievable actions to back it up. Our Town Council Climate Emergency Action Plan will do this. It will also be presented in a manner that will make it easy for Earley residents to hold the Council to account. In an emergency we must all roll up our sleeves and do everything we can to help. I am proud that tonight Earley Town Council formally embarked on this journey.”
(Photo: Mike Smith, Earley Town Councillor and Maiden Erlegh Candidate in the May 2021 local elections, with flooding in Loddon Fields January 2021.)