Report on Global Warming

In October 2018, the United Nations Special Report on Global Warming provided a global wake-up call when it advised that the number of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere needed to drop significantly by 2030 to prevent catastrophic climate change. This prompted an increase in demands from young people, environmental groups, and wider civil society to declare a global climate emergency and to take urgent action to respond to the challenge.

Since then, both the UK and the Scottish Government and many local authorities have declared a climate emergency and there is strong agreement across political parties, generations and sectors that a step change is needed in activity to tackle this challenge to our existence. Scotland’s 2019 Climate Change Act has set challenging national targets to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030 and to become carbon neutral by 2045.

How Stirling Council is responding to the Emergency

Stirling Council accepts the key role of local government to address climate change and recognised the climate and ecological emergency at its 3rd October 2019 meeting

Since that meeting, Council staff have been developing a Climate and Nature Emergency Plan, while continuing to deliver existing projects that will help reduce global warming emissions, reduce resource use, conserve and enhance nature, and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate.

A draft Plan is now available for comment until 4 May 2021 on the Council’s public engagement platform, Engage.Stirling.  For anyone unable to access the digital platform, paper copies are available by phoning the Council Contact Centre on 01786 404040. The contents of the consultation draft were used in the presentation slides (Presentation) for 3 on-line public engagement sessions held during April 2021. Anyone wanting to make a detailed response can also send their submission to sustainability@stirling.gov.uk.

Strategic Environmental Assessment of the draft Plan has been carried out and an Environmental Report is also available for comment.

Delivering a sufficiently robust and radical response to the climate emergency will be extremely challenging, requiring action across all Council services and significant collaboration with the wider public sector, our voluntary and business communities, and citizens.  In addition to the undoubted challenges, the changes required will also provide significant opportunities for Stirling to modernise and transform the local area while reaping the economic benefits from a just transition away from fossil fuels, development of a more circular economy, and enhancement of the natural environment on which we all depend.

 

Last updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 1:18 PM