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Bishop's Stortford environmentalists demand council declares climate emergency

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Climate change petition (12164302)
Climate change petition (12164302)

Bishop's Stortford Climate Group wants East Herts Council to declare an environmental emergency.

The organisation has launched an online petition calling on the local authority to act against global warming. It will be lobbying for support at the carnival fun day in Sworder's Field on Saturday (June 15).

The group warns: "The world we know is changing. Global temperatures are rising, ice sheets are melting, ocean acidity is increasing and biodiversity and habitat loss signal the very collapse of the ecosystems which could save us from irreversible climate change.

"The United Nations IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report says that if our planet warms by more than 2C, most ecosystems will struggle.

"Here in East Herts, we are already experiencing the very real effects of climate change, from floods and droughts in our towns and villages to extreme temperatures affecting the health of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

"We now understand the causes and impacts of climate change and the crisis can no longer be ignored. We have just ten years to take significant action before we witness irreparable climate breakdown. Now is the time to demand climate action from those making our local laws, taking planning decisions and delivering public services."

The group is calling for an "unprecedented focus" on action to mitigate the impact of climate change in East Herts and has set out a list of demands for the district council.

Members want the authority to:

  • Commit to ensuring all new developments achieve net zero carbon with immediate effect.
  • Improve air quality by investing in infrastructure that will radically reduce car usage in town centres and air pollution hotspots and improves access to electric vehicle charging across the district.
  • Increase residents' access to renewables, for example by helping people to purchase solar PV through a group-buy initiative such as Solartogether.

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