Hampshire County Council – declare a climate emergency

Hampshire County Council this Friday 17 May will consider a motion for Climate Emergency at their AGM which starts at 10 am.

Please

See the motion proposed by Councillor Martin Tod and seconded by Councillor Adrian Collett here

Or read it below:

COUNTY COUNCIL AGM – 17 MAY 2019 NOTICE OF MOTION

 Hampshire ‘climate emergency’.

Council notes:

  1. Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world. Global temperatures have already increased by 1 degree Celsius from pre-industrial levels. Atmospheric CO2 levels are above 400 parts per million (ppm). The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2018 gave us 12 years to implement changes to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees in order to avoid widespread drought, food scarcity, heat related deaths and loss of biodiversity including insects and vital food crop pollinators.
  2. At present the world is on track to overshoot the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit before 2050. In order to reduce the chance of runaway global warming and limit the effects of climate breakdown, it is imperative that we as a species reduce our CO2eq (carbon equivalent) emissions from their current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to less than 2 tonnes as soon as possible.
  3. Individuals cannot be expected to make this reduction on their own. Society needs to change its laws, taxation, and infrastructure to make low carbon living easier and the new norm.
  4. Carbon emissions result from both production and consumption.
  5. Hampshire County Council has already made some positive progress, but this is not enough. More can and must be done. The Independent Panel on Climate Change in its Oct. 2018 report was very clear that action from all parts of society is necessary and local government has a responsibility to lead the way.
  6. Councils around the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and taking action to address this emergency.

Council believes that:

  1. All levels of government (national, regional and local) have a duty to limit the negative impacts of climate breakdown. Local councils that recognise this should not wait for their national governments to change their policies.
  2. Hampshire is already suffering from flooding problems, and a significant proportion of its population and a large number of its settlements are based in coastal areas which would potentially be severely affected by a rise in sea levels caused by continual global warming. The consequences of global temperature rising above 1.5°C are potentially so severe that preventing this from happening must be a number one priority.
  3. Bold local climate action can deliver economic and social benefits in terms of new green jobs, economic savings and market opportunities, as well as much improved well-being for Hampshire residents – for example through reducing fuel poverty and energy bills, encouraging healthy, active travel and improving green spaces and access to nature.

This Council therefore calls on the Cabinet to:

  1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
  2. Pledge to make Hampshire carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
  3. Report to full Council within six months setting out the immediate actions the Council will take to address this emergency and a plan to measure annual countywide progress towards meeting the 2030 target.
  4. Work with partners across the county and the region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans and drawing on local and global best practice.
  5. Actively lobby the Government to provide the additional powers and resources needed to meet the 2030 target