COMBATING climate change is rightly at the forefront of people’s minds, writes Redditch MP Rachel Maclean.
With a target of net zero emissions by 2050 now enshrined in law, this Government is rightly responding to the climate emergency we face.
From national government to local government, everyone in a position of power must be held accountable for tackling this emergency.
And they are.
Here in Redditch, the Leader of Redditch Borough Council, Councillor Matt Dormer, in responding to climate campaigners said he would declare a climate emergency and ordered the development of a Sustainability Action Plan to help the council define its targets.
I believe this is the right move because the more we do at a local level, the more it helps others facing the brunt of climate change.
The Redditch Climate Action Network has brought this issue to the forefront of the political agenda in our town.
I agree with them that we are facing a climate emergency and there needs to be serious action now.
That’s why it was great to meet with Redditch CAN and other local climate campaigners last Friday, July 5, to discuss the climate emergency and what I’m doing to support policies to cut emissions and protect our planet for future generations.
Despite the fact we all come from different parts of the political spectrum, it was great to see how much agreement there was in the room. This is only the beginning of an ongoing dialogue with Redditch CAN and I look forward to working with them as we get the whole community on board.
If we’re going to put in place policies to reduce emissions to zero and stop global temperatures from rising even further, then we all must work together, no matter what your political persuasion is.
We all need to be part of this action to protect our planet.
I welcome the work the Government is already doing but it is obvious more needs to be done and the ball is firmly in the court of the next Prime Minister to ensure this happens