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Success for Alcester's Susan Juned as Stratford declares Climate Emergency

Correspondent 16th Jul, 2019

STRATFORD District Council’s Full Council, has declared a ‘Climate Emergency’.

On Monday evening, July 15, Councillors pledged to take local action to contribute to national carbon neutral targets through the development of practices and policies, with an aim to being carbon neutral in the district by 2030.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Susan Juned (Lib Dem, Alcester Town) and seconded by Councillor Ed Fitter (Con, Quinton).

“Today we achieved real progress on agreeing to take action to tackle climate change,” said Coun Juned, Leader of the Lib Dems at SDC.

“We now have to deliver.

Councillor Susan Juned heads the Liberal Democrats at Stratford district council.

“By taking action now we can make sure that this district remains a great place to live for future generations.

“We must work with residents, local businesses and organisations but must also lead through our own practice.

“I am so pleased that this Notice of Motion has received cross-party support.

“Local Government has a history of leadership.

“It can set standards for itself, but it can also pull together community networks, support local businesses and coordinate actions.”

Coun Tony Jefferson, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council said: “The impacts of climate change are going to hit much sooner than most people realise and the impact will be much greater.

“It would be prudent to plan for a four degrees temperature rise and a two metre increase in sea levels by 2100.

“Much of this change is already ‘locked in’.

“Whilst there is much focus on mitigation, significantly enhanced levels of adaptation will be needed to offset the impacts of climate change locally.

“Work on these measures needs to start very soon.

“We can expect more floods and more droughts and pressure on water supply, we need to ensure that we are taking action now to manage these risks.

“Taking action will require some tough decisions and will have a significant impact on all of us; I hope people understand that this will be the price we all need to pay.”

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