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To: Eastleigh Borough Council
Please Declare a Climate Emergency
We are asking Eastleigh Borough Council to join more than 70 local councils - including Winchester - to declare a climate emergency. By doing this, and crucially backing it up with action, it will send a message to residents, the country and the world that our councillors take the threat of climate change seriously and vow to do everything in their powers to mitigate against it.
Please sign and share this petition asking Eastleigh Borough Council to:
Declare a climate emergency and communicate the urgency to local residents and businesses,
Commit to net zero carbon neutrality by 2025 in Eastleigh,
Create a representative citizens assembly to promote dialogue and generate ideas and decisions,
Set up a working group that will report back to full council within six months of its formation with an action plan for achieving carbon neutrality by 2025; and
Call on the UK government to provide the necessary powers and resources to enable these targets to be met and implement best practice methods to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
Why is this important?
We have less than 11 years to take urgent action to limit global warming to 1.5°C or we risk catastrophic and irreversible runaway climate change; this was the stark warning from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report Global Warming of 1.5°C.
Humans have already caused approximately 1.0°C of warming, the devastating impacts of which have been seen around the world in the form of reduction of sea-ice in the Arctic, loss of coral reefs and extreme weather events. Warming greater than 1.5°C will result in grave consequences for our local and global environment.
Rising sea levels and uninhabitable areas will displace millions of people worldwide. Shifting weather patterns, heightened risks of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts and the demise of insect species will result in global famine, water shortages and soil infertility.
But it’s not too late.
The IPCC report says that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible - but it will require ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities.