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Zero Carbon Eden

On 11 July 2019, we declared both a climate emergency and an ecological emergency. We have joined over 100 other local authorities across the country in declaring these emergencies. Along with these authorities, including our neighbouring Council, South Lakeland District Council, we commit to act sustainably. This means working to maintain a healthy environment now and in future generations.

We can no longer ignore the damage our natural environment is experiencing. In 2018, scientists and leaders from across the world published a report showing how a 1.5°C increase in global temperatures from pre-industrial levels is devastating our environment. We are facing more extreme weather, food shortages, rising sea levels and mass extinction of plants and animals, to name a few impacts. The report explains the undeniable link between human activities and this temperature increase. The report also calls for drastic changes in policy to prevent further damage to our environment.

Read the special report 'Global Warming of 1.5ºC' IPCC on the IPCC website.

In response, our Government has recommended a ‘net zero’ target for greenhouse gases. CO2 (carbon dioxide) is the main gas produced by human activities.

Find out more on the causes of climate change on the European Commission website.

Our Government recognises that, to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, we all need to change. The good thing is we already have the answers we need to tackle climate change and environmental degradation. All it takes is the will to act now.

The motion for Zero Carbon Eden

Motion by Councillor V Taylor

This motion calls on Eden District Council:

  1. To declare a Climate Emergency and an Ecological Emergency.

  2. To aim to make Eden District carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.

  3. Critically to evaluate the ecological impacts of all Eden District Council’s decisions and actions; to refuse initiatives that will result in the degradation of the natural environment and biodiversity; and actively to promote the safeguarding and improvement of the natural environment.

  4. To prepare, by the end of 2019, a strategic plan to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030, across all activities for which the Council is responsible, working with independent expert advisory groups to ensure the council adopts best practice.

  5. To call on the UK Government to provide the powers, resources and funding to meet a 2030 zero carbon target across Eden District.

  6. To work together with other councils, public and private sector organisations (within Eden, Cumbria, the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to achieve zero emissions in Eden District by 2030.

  7. To facilitate the involvement of Eden’s residents, from schoolchildren to elders, in formulating plans to address the climate and ecological crisis, delivering those plans and monitoring their progress.

Next steps to achieve net zero carbon by 2030

We are creating a strategic plan for us to become net zero carbon, raising awareness of sustainable sourcing, energy efficiency and waste management. This will extend into the community. We will help with residents and businesses to support them towards a zero carbon target.

Further reading on sustainability and Zero Carbon initiatives:

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