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12 September 2019

Cumbria County Council unanimously supports Climate Change motion

Yesterday at a meeting of Full Council in Kendal, Cumbria County Councillors unanimously supported a motion “to become a ‘carbon neutral’ county and to mitigate the likely impact of existing climate change".

They also called upon the Government to produce a clear plan of action, backed up by sufficient resources, to address this existential threat.

Cumbria County Council has long recognised the importance of tackling Climate Change and remains fully committed to reducing carbon emissions.

In order to address this issue, to date the council has:

•   Reduced emissions through its waste contract and reducing waste to landfill

•   Introduced low energy schemes in many of its buildings

•   Introduced the use of low emission fleet vehicles and pool cars

•   Installed LED street lighting

Commenting on today’s motion, Cllr Rebecca Hanson, Liberal Democrat member for Cockermouth North, who put forward the motion, said:

"Making the whole of Cumbria carbon neutral will be a vast challenge. Taking on the challenge of tackling climate change is only possible if everyone works together so it was a huge relief to see politicians of all persuasions coming together to support this motion today. As well as working together in Cumbria we are all now committed to challenging our parties to ensure they have the right national and international policies in place to tackle climate change."

Cllr Stewart Young, Leader of the Council and the Labour Group of Cumbria County Council added:

“It was great to see cross-party consensus in Chamber today on an issue which is so significant. As a council it is important that we all work together to tackle Climate Change and collaborate with our six district authorities and our national park colleagues to become a carbon-neutral county.”

Cllr James Airey, Leader of the Conservative Group of Cumbria County Council, said:

“This is such an important issue and it was excellent to see Members of all political parties getting behind this essential motion. Climate change is the number one challenge facing the world and Cumbria County Council has to play its part in reducing carbon emissions and safeguarding our planet for future generations.”


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Yesterday at a meeting of Full Council in Kendal, Cumbria County Councillors unanimously supported a motion “to become a ‘carbon neutral’ county and to mitigate the likely impact of existing climate change".