Demand a Climate Emergency Action Plan
Increasing numbers of councils and government bodies across the UK have responded to the escalating urgency of the climate crisis by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’.
Bridgend Local Energy Group (B-LEG) is urging Bridgend County Borough Council to do the same. Do you also believe there should be more community based action?
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By signing this petition, I urge Bridgend County Borough Council to commit to:
You can also use these demands for your own council (see our list of Welsh Councils at the base of this page)…
Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.
Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030 and we start now.
Ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are taken with a view to reducing carbon emissions as soon as possible and certainly in line with a shift to zero carbon by 2030.
Support and work with all other relevant agencies towards making (e.g.: Council) ‘Zero Carbon’ within the same timescale.
Achieve 100 per cent clean energy across (e.g.:Council)’s full range of functions by 2030.
Request that Council Scrutiny Panels consider the impact of climate change and the environment when reviewing Council policies, management systems and strategies.
Report on the level of investment in the fossil fuel industry that our pensions plan and other investments have reached, and review the Council’s investment strategy to give due consideration to climate change impacts in the investment portfolio.
Convene a citizens’ assembly in 2020 to oversee and feed into the development of related action plans and budgets, taking steps to proactively include young people in the process, ensuring that they have a voice in shaping the future.
Call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and help with funding to make this possible, and ask local MPs to do likewise.
You can read the original blog post about this demand here.
Some councils have specifically stated they want their authority to be carbon neutral by 2030. (Machynlleth was the first in Wales https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46961053)
A ‘Climate Emergency Declaration’ and supporting action plan would show that BCBC is committed to adopting strategies, policies and procurement processes fit for the future.
B-LEG member, Kris Evans said, “By adopting a Climate Emergency Declaration, BCBC would join other pioneering councils in leading the way.”
“We simply cannot afford to hand this problem down to our children. By then it will be too late.”
Supporting the B-LEG group, Sustainable Wales Trustee, Peter Morgan commented: “People from all walks of life, especially the young, are waking up to the disturbing immediacy of the climate emergency, and of the urgent need for action.”
Director Sustainable Wales, Margaret Minhinnick added: “Are we planning for a realistic future, one that must be carbon-neutral, renewable and sustainable? Or are we still living in the past, and planning for a carbon-based, consumerist and high waste economy?”
Download the original full document Climate Change Declaration
Download a Word document which contains points to send to your council. Rebrand and adapt as you like.
Download the original press release (Word Docx)
Welsh Local Authority Links
as at summer 2019:
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Leader: Cllr Nigel Daniels
Corporate Director/Head of Paid Service: Michelle Morris
Municipal Offices, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, NP23 6XB
Bridgend County Borough Council Leader: Cllr Huw David Chief Executive: Darren Mepham
Bridgend County Borough Council,Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB
Caerphilly County Borough Council Leader: Cllr David Poole
Interim Chief Executive: Christina Harrhy
Tredomen Park, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7PG
01443 815588 or 01495 226622
Carmarthenshire County Council Leader: Cllr Emlyn Dole
Chief Executive: Mark James CBE
County Hall, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 1JP
Ceredigion County Council Leader: Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn
Chief Executive: Eifion Evans
Penmorfa, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA46 0PA
City and County of Swansea Leader: Cllr Rob Stewart
Chief Executive: Phil Roberts
Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN
City of Cardiff Council Leader: Cllr Huw Thomas
Chief Executive: Dr Paul Orders
County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 4UW
029 2087 2087
Conwy County Borough Council Leader: Cllr Gareth Jones
Chief Executive: Iwan Davies
Bodlondeb, Bangor Road, Conwy, LL32 8DU
Denbighshire County Council Leader: Cllr Hugh Evans OBE
Chief Executive: Judith Greenhalgh
PO Box 62, Ruthin, LL15 9AZ.
Flintshire County Council Interim Leader: Cllr Ian Roberts
Chief Executive: Colin Everett
County Hall, Mold, Flintshire CH7 6NB
Gwynedd Council Leader: Cllr Dyfrig Siencyn
Chief Executive: Dilwyn Williams
Isle of Anglesey County Council Leader: Cllr Llinos Medi Huws
Chief Executive: Dr Gwynne Jones
Council Offices, Llangefni, Anglesey, LL77 7TW
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Leader: Cllr Kevin O ‘Neill
Chief Executive: Gareth Chapman
Civic Centre, Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AN
Monmouthshire County CouncilLeader: Cllr Peter Fox OBE
Chief Executive: Paul Matthews
County Hall, The Rhadyr, Usk, NP15 1GA
Neath Port Talbot Council Leader: Cllr Rob Jones
Chief Executive: Steve Phillips
Civic Centre, Port Talbot SA13 1PJ
Newport City Council Leader: Cllr Debbie Wilcox
Chief Executive: Will Godfrey
Civic Centre, Godfrey Road, Newport, NP20 4UR
01633 656 656
Pembrokeshire County Council Leader: Cllr David Simpson
Chief Executive: Ian Westley
County Hall, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1TP
Powys County Council Leader: Cllr Rosemarie Harris
Chief Executive: Dr Caroline Turner
Powys County Hall, Spa Road East, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Leader: Cllr Andrew Morgan
Interim Chief Executive: Chris Bradshaw
The Pavilions, Cambrian Park, Clydach Vale, Tonypandy, Mid Glamorgan, CF40 2XX
Torfaen County Borough Council Leader: Cllr Anthony Hunt
Chief Executive: Alison Ward CBE
Civic Centre, Pontypool, NP4 6YB
Vale of Glamorgan Council Leader: Cllr John Thomas
Managing Director: Rob Thomas
Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry CF63 4RU
Wrexham County Borough Council Leader: Cllr Mark Pritchard
Chief Executive: Ian Bancroft
The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY