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Stirling Council declares Climate Emergency

Thursday 03 October 2019
Stirling Council has today (Thursday, 3 October) declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency.

Elected Members agreed a motion put forward by the Environment and Housing Committee convenors at this morning’s meeting of the Full Council, reaffirming the local authority’s commitment to tackling climate change, and protecting the environment.

Cllr Jim Thomson, convenor of the Environment and Housing Committee, said: “We have been considering this position as Councillors for some time now and are pleased to see the motion passed.

“Tackling climate change and its effects are not simple and it will take a lot of patience and collaboration to get the job done. It'll take something from everyone and we're looking to the public and the people who are so passionate about this to give us their ideas to make changes.

“It is incumbent upon us all to do our best to protect the planet, and today’s motion reaffirms this Council’s pledge to do that.”

Vice Convenor, Cllr Danny Gibson added: “Environmental concerns are always at the forefront of this Council’s work, but today’s stance refreshes our commitment to protecting the planet.

“We have set bold ambitions to reduce carbon consumption, which will require a massive cultural shift as well as transformational change in Council working, so it will take time, but we are dedicated to making this a reality.”

The full text of the approved motion is below:

Stirling Council recognises the immediacy of the current climate emergency and we will use our powers to enforce, promote and engage with residents, traders and businesses in the Stirling Council area to reduce carbon throughout the Stirling Council area.

Council reaffirms its commitment to protecting the ecology and our environment and is seeking to accelerate its own plans to reduce carbon emissions to zero as soon as practicable.

We therefore seek to accelerate the development of action plans around:  Clean Energy, Sustainable Transport, The Circular Economy, and our Natural Environment.  Actions must focus on reducing our carbon consumption as well as focusing of resilience and developing a climate ready infrastructure.  

Stirling is already driving forward major innovative low carbon projects such as the renewable heat project at Forthside; The Walk Cycle, Live Stirling active travel link; The Solar Canopies Green Energy Hub at Castleview Park and Ride and we can and must do more.

We have uniquely signed up with SEPA to our Sustainable Growth Agreement, which commits us to working toward a one planet prosperity.

This motion requires Senior Managers of the Council to develop an agenda and report back to Council in February 2020 with actions for real and Sustainable progress.

A further report will be considered at the November Environment and Housing Committee, outlining immediate actions to be undertaken.

Pictured below are a range of actions delivered by the Council to fight climate change.