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.

Pressure on governments is increasing. In May 2019, the Senedd took the decision to declare a Climate Emergency in Wales, adding to the growing list of towns and cities internationally.  

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.”

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“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?”

Resources

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

    01495 311556

  • Bridgend County Borough Council Leader: Cllr Huw David Chief Executive: Darren Mepham

    Bridgend County Borough Council,Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB

    01656 643643

  • 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

    01267 234567

  • Ceredigion County Council Leader: Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn

    Chief Executive: Eifion Evans

    Penmorfa, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA46 0PA

    01545 570881

  • City and County of Swansea Leader: Cllr Rob Stewart

    Chief Executive: Phil Roberts

    Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN

    01792 636000

  • 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

    01492 574000

  • Denbighshire County Council Leader: Cllr Hugh Evans OBE

    Chief Executive: Judith Greenhalgh

    PO Box 62, Ruthin, LL15 9AZ.

    01824 706000

  • 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

    01766 771000

  • Isle of Anglesey County Council Leader: Cllr Llinos Medi Huws

    Chief Executive: Dr Gwynne Jones

    Council Offices, Llangefni, Anglesey, LL77 7TW

    01248 7500577

  • Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Leader: Cllr Kevin O ‘Neill

    Chief Executive: Gareth Chapman

    Civic Centre, Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AN

    01685 725000

  • Monmouthshire County CouncilLeader: Cllr Peter Fox OBE

    Chief Executive: Paul Matthews

    County Hall, The Rhadyr, Usk, NP15 1GA

    01633 644644

  • Neath Port Talbot Council Leader: Cllr Rob Jones

    Chief Executive: Steve Phillips

    Civic Centre, Port Talbot SA13 1PJ

    01639 686868

  • 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

    01437 764551

  • Powys County Council Leader: Cllr Rosemarie Harris

    Chief Executive: Dr Caroline Turner 

    Powys County Hall, Spa Road East, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG

    01597 826000

  • 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

    01443 425005

  • Torfaen County Borough Council Leader: Cllr Anthony Hunt

    Chief Executive: Alison Ward CBE

    Civic Centre, Pontypool, NP4 6YB

    01495 762200

  • Vale of Glamorgan Council Leader: Cllr John Thomas

    Managing Director: Rob Thomas

    Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry CF63 4RU

    01446 700111

  • Wrexham County Borough Council Leader: Cllr Mark Pritchard

    Chief Executive: Ian Bancroft

    The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY

    01978 292000