Worcestershire County Council Declare Climate Emergency

Earlier this month, Worcestershire County Council declared a climate emergency and pledged to try and meet a target of reaching net carbon neutrality by 2050. This is after the Conservative-led council declined to declare a climate emergency back in 2019.

Both the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats pledged before May’s elections that they would declare a climate emergency and once both parties formed the Unity Group, they tabled the motion.

At the first County Council meeting after the election, we will vote to declare a “Climate Emergency” in Worcestershire.

Worcestershire County Labour Group – Manifesto for 2021 election

The motion proposed by the Unity Group proposed that the Council commits to review and update all relevant strategies, ensuring more ambitious targets for improvement, establish a Member Advisory Group to engage with the community and for the council to set the target of reaching carbon neutrality by 2035. Cllr Dan Boatright was the councillor that proposed the motion:

“As a long-term climate change campaigner I am so proud to have proposed this motion. The climate change emergency motion at the County Council will ensure that we will have real focus in tackling the change we will see in the coming years.”

“It is good that Worcestershire has finally caught up with the majority of other councils in the country and backed the long-standing Liberal Democrat campaign to declare a climate emergency”

Cllr Dan Boatright – Liberal Democrats Worcestershire County Council councillor

“Getting Worcestershire County Council to declare a Climate Emergency was priority one for Unity Group once formed.”

Cllr Mel Allcott – Leader of the Unity Group at Worcestershire County Council

Cllr Tony Miller then tabled an amendment and the main change was that instead of a target of being carbon neutral by 2035, it would now be 2050. The original motion was then voted down and the amendment was passed easily.

“I am disappointed that the Conservatives amended the motion to push back the target to be carbon neutral by 2050 instead of the 2035 date that we proposed. I will continue to be an advocate for an earlier date so that we can truly take the climate change emergency seriously and ensure our economic and environmental security for generations to come.”

Cllr Dan Boatright – Liberal Democrats Worcestershire County Council councillor

“I am delighted Worcestershire County Council has declared a Climate Emergency but dismayed at the unambitious 2050 target the Conservative majority administration focussed there amended motion on. This is yet another example of an unambitious Conservative County Council, to the detriment of all.”

Cllr Mel Allcott – Leader of the Unity Group at Worcestershire County Council

“We’ve agreed to join a number of partners and local authorities in declaring a climate emergency. This amendment agreed at Council yesterday will allow us to build on the great progress we have made in recent years in addressing climate change and reducing the Council’s emissions.”

Councillor Tony Miller – Cabinet Member for Environment (via press release)

Leader of Worcestershire County Council and the Conservative Group, Cllr Simon Geraghty failed to comment.

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One comment

  • It’s been a struggle to get the County Council to agree to declare a climate emergency. I was pleased to second the original motion and finally achieve some progress on this vital issue

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