14 February 2019
Exeter Green Party councillor, Chris Musgrave, will seek support from Exeter City Council to declare a Climate Emergency at the full council meeting on Tuesday 26th February and a pledge to make the city carbon neutral by 2030 . If passed, the motion would oblige the Council to present a climate emergency strategy with a clear action plan and budget within six months.
Send a letter to your local councillor urging them to back the motion - see below
The motion comes in the wake of the report by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change published last November, which warned of the huge harm that a 2°C rise in average global temperature is likely to cause compared to a 1.5°C rise. The report urged firm action within 12 years from national and regional government, civil society, the private sector and local communities if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Exeter would join cities across the UK that are responding by declaring a Climate Emergency and committing resources to addressing the issue. Cornwall Council recently agreed such a motion and Devon County Council are set to vote on a Climate Emergency motion on 21st February.
Cllr Musgrave said:
“Exeter is uniquely placed to demonstrate how cities can lead the way in reducing carbon emissions and create a carbon neutral future. There is extensive expertise and commitment across the city and Exeter City Council already has good working partnerships between local agencies, experts, communities, activists and residents.
“It is also clear that bold climate action can deliver economic benefits, providing new jobs in areas like retrofitting buildings, local food production and public transport. Action on climate change can also improve the lives of local residents through lower fuel bills, reduced air pollution and healthier more active lifestyles.
“Climate scientists say we don’t have long to act but they also believe, if we act fast, we can avert climate breakdown which would have a terrible impact on the lives of our children and grandchildren. Exeter must join other cities like Bristol, Brighton and Oxford and declare a Climate Emergency with a clear pledge to make the city carbon neutral by 2030.”
 Full Motion: Declare a Climate Emergency
Full Council notes:
Full Council believes that:
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References to motion:
C40 Cities summary for urban policymakers: https://www.c40.org/researches/summary-for-urban-policymakers-what-the-ipcc-special-report-on-global-warming-of-1-5-c-means-for-cities Zero Carbon Britain: Making It Happen: http://www.zerocarbonbritain.org/images/pdfs/ZeroCarbonBritain-MakingItHappen.pdf
Example letter to send to your local councillor.
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Dear Cllr _________________
On Tuesday 26th February, at full council meeting, Cllr Chris Musgrave will propose a motion which will declare a climate emergency and pledge to make Exeter a carbon neutral city by 2030 or sooner. I am writing to request you support this motion and let me know that you will give it your full backing.
The recent report from scientists on the IPCC makes clear that if we are to prevent climate breakdown and keep global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5⁰C we need rapid and dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Cities are uniquely placed to lead the world in reducing carbon emissions, as they are in many ways easier to decarbonise than rural areas.
Exeter City Council has previously published a climate change strategy and action plan but the targets in this plan lack the ambition needed and many have not been achieved anyway. However, with extensive expertise and commitment across Exeter, and existing partnerships, for example between Exeter City Council and Exeter City Futures, the city has the potential to show real leadership on tackling our climate emergency, working together with local agencies, experts, businesses, communities, activists and residents.
Local Authorities around the world are responding to the threats and challenges posed by climate change by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address this emergency. I believe Exeter City Council should join cities such as Bristol, Oxford and Brighton and commit to bold action that will contribute to safeguarding our planet for future generations. Tackling climate change will also deliver a host of economic and social benefits in terms of new jobs, economic savings, new market opportunities as well as improved health and well-being.
I therefore urge you to back the motion on Tuesday 26th February and pledge support to transforming Exeter into a carbon neutral city by 2030. The more cities that make such a pledge the greater will be the pressure on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible.
Thank-you. I look forward to hearing from you and trust you will be able to assure be of your support for this motion.
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