POWYS DECLARES CLIMATE EMERGENCY
Powys County Council has voted to declare a Climate Emergency and committed to becoming a net-zero carbon local authority by 2030.
The motion passed with 61 votes in favour, 1 against and 3 abstentions, after Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillors and long-time environmental campaigners Jackie Charlton (Llangattock) and Jake Berriman (Llandrindod North) negotiated cross-party commitment to major green reforms in Powys.
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.
Commenting, Cllr Jake Berriman said:
“I would like to thank my colleagues in the Welsh Liberal Democrat-Green Group and other Councillors who supported our motion. Powys has joined Senedd Cymru-Welsh Parliament and the growing number of legislatures, governments, cities and local authorities across the UK and around the world committing to take radical action to reduce our carbon footprint, green our services and local economies and mitigate the impact of climate change on our residents and communities.
“At this historic turning point for all mankind, let us be able to look back and say we did our part with the powers that we had.”
Cllr Jackie Charlton, set out details of the Climate Emergency declaration:
“Councillors have voted to set up a cross-party working group at the Council and a Powys-wide multi-stakeholder working group to produce a strategy and action plan for a truly sustainable and resilient Powys. We will support the Local Electricity Bill in the UK Parliament and the local supply of electricity in our communities and ask the UK and Welsh Governments to support us as we transition to a green economy and work towards our net zero carbon target over the next decade.”