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Published on Jul 16, 2019
BOURNEMOUTH, CHRISTCHURCH & POOLE COUNCIL DECLARES CLIMATE & ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY
BCP Council has overwhelmingly passed the Climate & Ecological Emergency motion submitted by Simon Bull - Green Party Councillor for Winton East and Councillor Chris Rigby - Green Party in fulfilment of an election pledge.
Councillor Simon Bull said: "I'm delighted. There was a lot of interesting debate, but the main thing is it's passed. But now the real work starts. We've passed the motion, we've now got to do the work."
Councillor Chris Rigby said: "We're both really excited that this has passed, and we have got what we think are really really achievable targets to meet by 2030, which doesn't mean we're going to be putting this back. There's going to be action from this year going onwards in the future. We've got plans already in place with officers to put a timetable in, where we can manage and quantify what we're going to be doing each year, and we're going to be monitoring this and showing the achievements we make and how much carbon we're actually saving until we do hit zero carbon.
"And not just this - as well, as part of the motion we have managed to get a Citizens' Assembly approved as well. So we will have public scrutiny throughout the entirety of this climate and ecological emergency, and we're just delighted to have managed to get this through so quickly and deliver on one of our major campaign promises."
Councillor Simon Bull added: "Over 100 councils up and down the country have declared a #climateemergency, and it is brilliant that #BCP Council has joined that list. And we will be taking action, and we will be taking this seriously, as we all need to do."
Councillor Chris Rigby added: "And we're also going to be taking the opportunity to show leadership as well, throughout #Bournemouth, #Christchurch and #Poole, and as the council moves towards zero carbon we want to take the local businesses and residents with us as well, until we can achieve complete carbon neutrality throughout Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole."