To: Vale of Glamorgan Council and Barry Town Council
Climate Emergency - Time for Action!
We are calling on both the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Barry Town Council to:
1. For the sake of local people and wildlife...Declare a climate emergency.
2. Commit to making both Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan Councils carbon neutral by 2030.
3. Call on both the Welsh Government and Westminster Government to provide the powers and resources to make this target achievable.
4. Work with other local authorities and organisations on sharing good practices, which will help limit global warming to less than 1.5°c.
5. Report to Full Council within six months of declaring a climate emergency, with the actions the Councils will need to take to address this emergency.
Why is this important?
There is now a global consensus that climate change poses significant risk to our health, our economy, our environment, our biodiversity and endangers the well being of future generations.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a vital report on the state of the world's climate. They have warned that if the planet warms by 1.5 degrees there would be some devastating consequences, such as the loss of most coral reefs, and increased extreme weather such as heatwaves and floods. But given that the planet is currently heading for a truly catastrophic 3-4 degrees warming, it requires all our elected representatives to make an urgent and radical shift to change the way our society and economy is organised.
We are only too aware that Barry and the wider Vale of Glamorgan are coastal communities and as such are extremely vulnerable to sea level rises. Barry Action for Nature also fully realises that all its local conservation work by its volunteers will mean nothing if action is not taken to avert climate change.
We call on all our elected representatives to put their political differences aside and to work together to achieve the change we need in order to protect people and wildlife.