David Selby, Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor for Newtown Central, is supporting calls from the Liberal Democrat-Green Group to urge Powys County Council to formally declare a ‘Climate Emergency’.
Climate Emergency declarations have been made by local authorities across Wales and around the World, as both symbolic acknowledgments of the scale and urgency of action needed to avert the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, and commitments to make climate and environmental concerns central to all aspects of policy-making and delivery.
Cllr David Selby and the Welsh Liberal Democrat-Green Group are calling for urgent first steps such as a net carbon zero target to be set for 2030, a Cabinet Portfolio holder with specific responsibility for leading on climate change mitigation, and a Powys-wide working group including stakeholders such as community representatives, climate action campaigners, and the farming unions.
Commenting, David Selby said:
"Councils up and down the country are beginning to recognize the efforts they must go to, in order to rapidly reduce emissions. I urge Powys County Council to follow Newtown Town Council’s lead in calling for a climate emergency."
"We, as Liberal Democrats, believe in a Powys which is cleaner, greener, more resilient, and self-reliant."
Supporting calls for climate action, Kirsty Williams MS added:
“The COVID-19 crisis has shown us that all levels of government, can take bold action to tackle or mitigate urgent challenges to our way of life.
“Climate change is such a challenge, and we have to rise to the occasion. We owe it to our younger generations, to make sure that the social and economic disruptions they face because of this health emergency are not made worse by our inaction on a Climate Emergency we knew was coming. We don’t have the excuse of surprise.”