25 July 2021
Concerned local citizens came together at Horseshoe Common in Bournemouth yesterday, to "protest BCP Council's failure to deliver on their declaration of a climate and ecological emergency" two years ago.
This peaceful, family-friendly event was supported by BCP Climate Action Network, Extinction Rebellion Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, East Dorset Friends of the Earth, Transition Bournemouth, Global Justice Bournemouth, SOS Save Our Shores, Christchurch Climate Action, Zero Carbon Dorset, and Green New Deal Dorset.
The promotion of the event stated: "Since , the council has backed away from a number of these commitments including the commitment to a Citizen's Assembly and crucially, confirmed that it does not aim to achieve area wide net zero carbon emissions before 2050.
"Meanwhile the UK government has committed to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 and the UK Climate Change Committee has stressed that early action is essential with the bulk of emissions reductions required in the next 10 years.
"BCP is out of step with UK government policy, with the concerns of the public and with what the science requires. Every month of delay counts. Join us to increase the pressure for action."
BCP Green Councillor Simon Bull attended the event, with a Green Party "Action Now" placard. He's pictured here with local Labour Councillor George Farquhar, who publicly thanked Simon for proposing BCP Council's near-unanimous declaration of Climate & Ecological Emergency in 2019.