Local authorities and communities can be a powerful force for change. Paul Allen looks at how a climate emergency declaration can be transformed into an action plan that supports the transition to net zero. Published this week, the independent report from the UK Committee on Climate Change ‘Local Authorities and the Sixth Carbon Budget’ makes the clear vital role played by our councils. Local authority action plans represent the ‘locally determined contributions’ to the national net zero target. This is bottom up climate action that meets, or in some cases exceeds, the top-down climate objectives of the UK and devolved governments and results in delivery on the targets. As well as having to deal with the current pandemic, many local governments clearly recognise they are also at the front line of dealing with climate emergency impacts such as flooding, fires, and storm damage. The majority of UK councils have made climate emergency declarations, and many are now working on climate emergency action plans. This process is happening on many different scales – in cities such as Edinburgh and Bristol, in large devolved areas such as Manchester and London Metro regions, in rural market towns such as CAT’s home town of Machynlleth, and in villages like Wedmore. But how do local groups and councils kick-start such projects?
Centre for Alternative Technology 10th Dec 2020 read more »
More than 50 of the world’s leading cities are on track to help keep global heating below 1.5C and tackle the worst impacts of the climate crisis, according to a new report. From mass tree-planting in Buenos Aires to new public transport networks in Mexico City, 54 of the world’s leading cities are now rolling out plans that will cut their greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris agreement, according to a new study by the C40 cities network. The findings will be presented to Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, on Friday at an event in the French capital to mark the fifth anniversary of the landmark climate agreement. The Paris agreement five years on: is it strong enough to avert climate catastrophe? “I was chair of C40 cities when Deadline 2020 was set, challenging global cities to set their own climate action plan that will protect residents, create green jobs, address inequality and build the future we want,” Hidalgo said ahead of the event.
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