Climate emergency declared

Councillors agree motion to tackle climate change

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Further and urgent action needs to be taken now. That was the message from councillors at the full council meeting as they agreed a motion to declare a climate emergency in North Lanarkshire.

The Anthropogenic fossil fuel driven climate warning has now reached an unprecedented phase and the climate emergency is being declared in line with those at a national and international level.

To ensure the council can protect and maintain the quality of life of its residents it's seeking realistic policy updates from both the Scottish and British governments, supported by extra funding resources.

Reaffirming its own commitment to protecting the environment and tackling climate emergencies, the council is seeking to bring forward its plans to reduce council carbon emissions to zero by 2030. 

"Due to the growing risk of spontaneous forest and moorland wild fires, flash flooding and catastrophic weather events, a new climate risk strategy of preparedness needs to be funded by central government," said Councillor Paddy Hogg, who put forward the amended motion.

"In addition to the green policies already in place, the level of resilience planning and preparedness with partners, including Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire Service, needs to be boosted."

Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of Environment and Transportation, added: "We need the resources and finances to be prepared for emergency climate events as they unfold.


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