12 July 2019
St Albans Council has declared a climate emergency, with a unanimous cross-party vote.
Following a powerful presentation of the Sustainable St Albans petition, councillors spoke in support of the motion, and accepted amendments to improve it further.
Green councillor Simon Grover co-seconded the motion, and made a strong speech.
In the motion, the Council "pledges to develop an ambitious sustainability strategy for reducing the Council's own emissions, with an objective that the Council becomes carbon neutral by 2030" and "calls on national government for more powers and resources to make this pledge possible".
It also calls on Cabinet to establish a cross party working group of councillors and residents to help oversee the strategy and action plan.
Simon commented, "In my 8 years as a St Albans Councillor, last night was one of the real highlights. 8 years ago, the subject was barely mentioned inside the Council. It’s a fantastic result for everyone in St Albans who has been campaigning to get this issue to the top of the agenda. Now the hard work begins."
Read the full text of the Climate Emergency motion
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