Declaring a Climate Emergency in Mole Valley
An Extraordinary Council meeting was called on Tuesday 18 June where the consequences of rising global temperatures was recognised and a pledge agreed. In addition to making its own commitments, Mole Valley District Council will work with residents and businesses and lead the way towards a sustainable future.Councillor Claire Malcomson, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "The ultimate consequence of us continuing as we are will mean we devastate our planet. We have to act now. I am pleased that, with support across the chamber, we were able to declare a Climate Emergency and put ourselves in a position of influence to help make a difference. We are committed to empowering residents and businesses to do the same.
"We are uniquely placed as a local authority to lead the way in our district and put ourselves forward as a blueprint for others to follow. First and foremost we must recognise that, as a council, we are not blameless either. We have committed to review the way we do things as we strive towards carbon neutrality. This will inevitably involve changes limited not only to ourselves, but those that provide services on our behalf. Time is of the essence and, while we would want to achieve this earlier, we will do everything in our power to become carbon neutral by 2030.
"There is nothing more important than the journey we are about to embark on. We must work with Surrey County Council at a local level and lobby the Government to act before it is too late. The changes we put in place over the next decade and beyond will not only benefit the local environment and biodiversity in the district, but it will deliver economic and wellbeing benefits, creating jobs, savings and market opportunities.
"Our priority now is to put plans in place so that tangible actions can be developed and monitored to ensure progress is made to help protect the local environment in the long-term. I am proud our council voted unanimously to do this and am looking forward to the hard work ahead."