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Declare a Climate Emergency

We the undersigned petition the council to 1. Declare a Climate Emergency 2. Pledge to make South Lakeland District carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions. 3. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible. 4. Work with other governments (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5°C. 5. Continue to work with partners across the region and the county to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans. 6. Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Council will take to address this emergency.

1. Humans have already caused irreversible harm to life on earth, 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. This far exceeds the 350 parts per million deemed to be a safe level for humanity.
2. 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.1
3. Individuals cannot be expected to make this reduction on their own. Society needs to change its laws, taxation, infrastructure, etc., to make low carbon living easier and the new norm.
4. The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published last October, describes the irreversible harm that a temperature rise of 2°C and beyond would cause. Nevertheless the panel concludes that 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities.2
5. Carbon emissions result from both production and consumption.3
6. Our current plans and actions are not enough. The world is on track to overshoot the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit before 2050.2,3
7. Many Councils around the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address this emergency.5,6
We the undersigned believe that:
1. All governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to limit the negative impacts of Climate Breakdown, and local governments that recognise this should not wait for their national governments to change their policies. It is important for residents that South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council commit to carbon neutrality as quickly as possible.
2. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site we are uniquely placed to lead the world in reducing carbon emissions.
3. The consequences of global temperature rising above 1.5°C are so severe that preventing this from happening must be humanity’s number one priority.
5. Bold climate action can deliver economic benefits in terms of new jobs, economic savings and market opportunities as well as improved well-being for people worldwide.
References:
1. Fossil CO2 & GHG emissions of all world countries, 2017:
http://edgar.jrc.ec.europa.eu/overview.php?v=CO2andGHG1970-2016&dst=GHGpc
2. The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC:
https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/
3. Scope 1, 2 and 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol explained:
https://www.carbontrust.com/resources/faqs/services/scope-3-indirect-carbon-emissions
4. World Resources Institute:
https://www.wri.org/blog/2018/10/8-things-you-need-know-about-ipcc-15-c-report
5. The motion brought forward by the Green group on the Bristol City Council:
https://bristolgreenparty.org.uk/library/FC_motion_13th_Nov_-_Climate_Emergency.pdf
6. Bristol City Council:
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/14/bristol-plans-to-become-carbon-neutral-by-2030
7. Zero carbon London: A 1.5ºC compatible plan December 2018: https://cdn.locomotive.works/sites/5ab410c8a2f42204838f797e/content_entry5ab410faa2f42204838f7990/5ab4117174c4833febe6c89e/files/1.5c_compatible_plan.pdf?1547756098

Started by: Kathleen Wyburn (Ambleside Action For A Future)

This ePetition ran from 12/02/2019 to 23/04/2019 and has now finished.

172 people signed this ePetition.