Challenges from a petition and Green councillors are pressuring Brighton and Hove City Council to prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change for future generations.
Brighton and Hove City Council are being urged to take big steps in committing to reducing carbon emissions in the city to zero by 2030. Hanover Action started a petition to encourage this amid global pressure to impose new environmental targets protecting the planet for future generations.
The group were inspired by Bristol City Council’s motion calling on the Mayor of Bristol to declare a ‘climate emergency’ and for the city’s zero-carbon target to be moved forward by 20 years to 2030. Similar motions have since been passed by Green Councillors in Stroud District, the Forest of Dean and the London Assembly.
In 2017-18, Brighton and Hove emitted 10,375 tonnes of qualifying CO2, purchasing £167,038 worth of CRC allowances. The council are already working towards the government’s target to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Campaigners in Brighton think this goal should be brought forward in light of new information on climate change.
This new target will work towards keeping the planet’s temperature rise below 1.5°C (settled under the Paris Agreement), helped by decreasing our CO2 emissions. A recent report suggests to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C, worldwide CO2 emissions need to decline by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050.
The Green Party are also appealing to the council to boost the protection of species, habitats and ecosystems. A global report released in October revealed up to 46% of animal and plant species could be wiped out from the planet by 2050.
Green Councillor, Ollie Sykes, put forward new climate emergency proposals to the council today, commenting: “If one thing has pushed Brexit from the news agenda recently, it’s been the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss. We’ve been collectively devastated by TV shows highlighting human impact on species and habitats.
“Destructive hurricanes and wildfires linked to global warming seem to have become commonplace. A recent UN report tells us we have only 12 years to act. Other cities have shown how positive change can be managed and we should do the same.”
Greens say Brighton and Hove City Council must comply in protecting the local environment and go ‘carbon neutral’ by 2030 to protect catastrophic, irreversible damage from climate change.
The proposals have been supported by the Brighton branch of international movement ‘Extinction Rebellion’. The group launched in July of this year has rapidly achieved national support through their protests against the world’s laxness towards climate change.
Brighton and Hove City Council were approached for comment. The petition will be presented to the Council meeting on the 31st January 2019.