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Derbyshire County Council to Vote on declaring 'climate emergency' in the county

Derbyshire County Council is being urged by campaigners to declare a Climate Emergency after more than 2,000 residents signed a petition calling for action.

The move follows strikes across the country by schoolchildren demanding the government tackle climate change, and the week-long demonstrations in London by Extinction Rebellion which brought the capital to a standstill.

At the full council meeting on May 15, Labour Councillor Anne Western will propose that the authority declares a Climate Emergency, demanding urgent action to put plans in place plans in place to make Derbyshire County Council carbon neutral by 2030.

The petition was started by Derby campaigner Peter Robinson in conjunction with Derbyshire Climate Coalition. He said: “If humanity is to survive into the future we have to act now. We have very little time left to stop the devastating consequences of runaway climate change.  Derbyshire people are demanding their councils take a lead on this issue.” .

Nearly 60 councils across the country have already declared a Climate Emergency and made a commitment to urgent planning towards a carbon neutral target by 2030. Wednesday’s meeting will see councillors voting on whether to support a similar declaration in Derbyshire. 

Anne Western, councillor for Barlborough and Clowne said “The Derbyshire Labour group is proud to propose this motion and sincerely hopes that it is accepted as a non-political resolution that recognises the scale of the threat of climate change and the need for urgent collaborative action. We believe we have to act to save the planet but in doing so this will create green jobs as well as cleaner air and better health for the people of Derbyshire.”

Derbyshire Climate Coalition was formed earlier this year to bring together campaigners and groups across the county as awareness of the threat of climate change grew among the wider population.

In Derbyshire Wirksworth Town Council and New Mills Town Council have already declared climate emergencies.

Dozens of local people and environmental groups from across the county are expected to converge on the county headquarters at 1pm to demonstrate their support for the Climate Emergency proposal ahead of the meeting on Wednesday 15 May.

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