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To: Pembrokeshire County Council
Please support a climate emergency in Pembrokeshire
This petition asks Pembrokeshire County Council to declare a climate emergency and to further develop its plans for carbon reduction.
Why is this important?
On 8th October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a vital report on the state of climate science. They warned that if the planet warmed by 1.5C there would be some devastating consequences. Global warming has the potential to cause extinctions in a majority of the world's especially valuable ecosystems, already there is a massive reduction in biodiversity (loss of 60% of the number of species since 1970) including the loss of most coral reefs, and increased extreme weather such as heatwaves and floods. Yet the consequences of allowing 2C warming would be truly catastrophic. Given that the planet is currently heading for 3-4C warming, keeping to 1.5C requires a radical shift across across energy, land, industrial, urban and other systems to reduce emissions, unprecedented in history for its speed.
We are asking Pembrokeshire County Council to join with the 44 other Local Authorities in the UK who have already declared a state of Climate Emergency. This will quite powerfully ensure that there is increased public awareness, and help re-inforce the council’s commitment to agenda 21 (approved by the full council after the 1997 Rio Earth Summit), and its promotion of the Welfare Of Future Generations Act.