It cannot and must not be underestimated, the world faces a real threat from climate change. Understandably, the focus for most of 2020/2021 was on the major health crisis that is Covid-19. But in the hubbub of news, we should remember that this health crisis is part of the same unfolding story. Nature and the environment are connected. We have all seen the reality of global warming in melting ice caps, raging fires and extreme weather. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that to cap the rise in global temperatures below 1.5oC this century, emissions of carbon dioxide would have to be cut by nearly half by 2030. Many experts say we have a small window of 10 years to do this.
Local government has a vital role to play and it must put Net Zero Carbon at the heart of all its decision making. Liberal Democrats in Northamptonshire have been working actively to influence and show leadership on the environment and climate change.
At Northamptonshire County Council it was a Liberal Democrat proposal, led by Cllr Chris Stanbra, with independent support, that the council adopted when declaring a Climate Emergency in 2019.
More recently it was a Liberal Democrat proposal, put forward by Cllr Andrew Dutton that led to the Shadow North Northants Council setting up a Climate Change Working Group. This group will make proposals that will ensure that the environment and climate change action is at the heart of what the new North Northants Council when it formally comes into existence on April 1st 2021.
Cllr Andrew Dutton commented, “Climate Change is undoubtedly a global problem which needs to be tackled globally. But it is also a local problem we can and must tackle locally. Our communities are full of ideas and Liberal Democrats want the new council to bring everyone together so that we not only set climate goals but so that we can achieve them too.”