100 signatures reached
To: Orkney Islands Council
Declare a Climate Emergency - Orkney
We sign to ask that
1. Orkney Islands Council ‘tell the truth’ by joining with councils across Scotland and the world by declaring a Climate Emergency. To work alongside the media to communicate with residents.
2. Orkney Islands Council pass a motion to make Orkney carbon neutral by 2025, considering both production and consumption of emissions.
3. Support a national and local Citizen’s Assembly to advise the Council how to reduce emissions.
Why is this important?
Humans have already caused irreversible climate change and ecological devastation. The impacts of which are being felt around the world. Global temperatures have already increased by 1.1 degree Celsius from pre-industrial levels. Atmospheric CO2 levels are above 400 parts per million (ppm). This far exceeds the 350ppm deemed to be a safe level for humanity and all the other species that we co-exist with and depend on;
In order to reduce the chance of runaway global warming and limit the effects of climate breakdown, and ecocide, it is imperative that we as a species reduce our CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) emissions from their current 6.5 tonnes per person per year to 1 tonne as soon as possible, and live within the resource means of our planet.;
Councils around the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address this emergency and Orkney is in a unique position to contribute to cutting emissions through its leading role in developing renewable energy.
The full text of a motion that we will ask the Council to pass will be published on the Extinction Rebellion Facebook page.
How it will be delivered