30 March 2019
Declaring a climate emergency in Bournemouth will be the very first proposal by Green Party councillors you elect on 2nd May to the new Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council. Other councils around the country have already declared climate emergency.
We have about five years to make a difference to the climate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) say the urgent changes needed are “affordable and feasible”.
This May 2nd, YOU have the opportunity to demand immediate proper action in our town - by voting Green. The Green Party is the only progressive party with a council seat in Bournemouth - Councillor Simon Bull in Winton East.
Councillor Simon Bull said: “The Green Party have been leading the movement up and down the country to have climate emergencies declared in councils. Bournemouth needs to make a declaration consistent with the IPCC report, which puts on Council the onus to do something, to take action. We must do what we can, so our children and our children's children have a future they can enjoy.”
Chris Rigby, the second Green Party candidate in Winton East bidding to win election alongside Simon Bull, said: "We need to start making changes now. We need targets to actually get sustainability into practice - not just talk about it. As the Green Party, we recognise that climate change is going to affect us locally and globally. That’s why we’re going to continue to stand against the extraction of fossil fuels. We’re going to promote the use of renewable energy, and we’re going to take the lead on driving towards zero-carbon economies. What that means is that we have to start somewhere, and this is where we’re starting now."
The Guardian, 8 Oct 2018, "We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN" https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report
BBC News Online, 15 March 2019, "Climate strike: What is a climate emergency?" https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-47570654
Green Party of England & Wales, 25 Feb 2019, "Greens win climate emergency declarations from 27 councils" https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2019/02/25/greens-win-climate-emergency-declarations-from-27-councils/