Harlow Council set to declare a “climate emergency”

Politics / Mon 24th Jun 2019 am30 07:59am

THE LEADER of Harlow Council is set to table a motion proposed that Harlow Council declare a “climate emergency”.

At last Thursday’s meeting of the ruling Labour cabinet, a Harlow resident submitted a question.

Mr Paul Rigarlsford to Councillor Mark Ingall, Leader of the Council

“Can Harlow Council support the climate change emergency by declaring a climate emergency, which is already being supported by 59 councils across the county, as well as 84 MPs across all parties? We really need to get the UK Government and governments of the world to start to look at this issue more seriously before it’s too late.

Reply from Councillor Mark Ingall (Leader of the Council):

“I share your concerns about the potential impacts of climate change and will be submitting a motion to the Full Council meeting on 11 July 2019 asking that the Council declares a climate emergency. The motion will commit the Council to:

A programme of new tree and hedgerow planting across the town, starting with 1,000 trees in next year;

Reducing its carbon footprint at a greater rate than it is already committed to doing so;

Encouraging our property and environment company HTS to plan for a switch over to electric vehicles; and

“Reaffirming its commitment to the Garden Town development’s principles of sustainable transport”.

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10 Comments for Harlow Council set to declare a “climate emergency”:

2019-06-24 09:05:25

We're out stripping most of the world already in emissions, way ahead of most of them. I suggest that if people are that concerned, they write to the Chinese, Russian and the American embassies and register their dis-pleasure.

2019-06-24 13:32:32

Critical issue that we all have a responsibility to resolve. I just hope we can have a townwide discussion and everyone is willing to make some simple changes. Small changes can make a huge difference.

2019-06-24 18:53:03

Lets hope that Harlow council have a better track record at tree planting than that nice Mr Khan in London.

2019-06-24 21:22:36

Let’s hope they do it. It is the biggest issue of our generation.

2019-06-25 12:31:46

MickyB you demonstrate the point that the greatest climate danger may not come from fossilised fuels but from fossilised fools like yourself who seek to undermine efforts to tackle the climate emergency. Remember the industrial revolution started in this country

2019-06-25 14:22:45

It's a fact, our emissions are much lower than most, and the countries mentioned are the worst for producing carbons etc; at an alarming level. As for the revolution, it's true, but check out the populations of the worst offenders. If you include India..............................

2019-06-26 18:21:48

Hi Mickey "We’re out stripping most of the world already in emissions, way ahead of most of them." Bollocks. From freely available information, the UK is no. at 167 Per Capita Carbon Emissions Data By Country sorted by lowest to highest. India is 81, China is 152. Spain is better than us. So is Italy. And France. And Greece. Poland is [a bit] worse than us, probably because most of their power stations are coal. If you have different information to support your assertion then provide it. Just because other countries produce more CO2 than us does not mean that we can forget our own responsibilities. I'm pleased Harlow Council is making this move. More trees etc is usually a good thing. Electric vehicles also a good thing. One current problem is the number of publicly available charging points in Harlow. I think there are only 2 at the train station. More need to be provided, perhaps in the car parks near the Harvey Center and Water Gardens. I hope charging points are included Garden Town plans.

2019-06-27 05:44:55

I don't know where you get your info kt, but your wrong, yet again.

2019-06-27 15:36:46

BY the way kt, as you're so into emissions and co's etc, and really interested in electric vehicles,how would you expect our HGV users will cope ? 40 plus tonnes moved along by a battery, how many charging points needed ? Cloud Cuckoo Land. Meanwhile, for our electrical requirements and gas, for our turbines,where will it all come from ?

2019-06-27 18:46:40

Hi Mickey CO2 info I used came from cotap.org which uses info supplied by the UN. As for your arguments on HGVs etc - deflection and distraction from the article as posted. Duely ignored. Your claim "our emissions are much lower than most" remains bollocks until you show where you got your info from.

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